Obituaries

Steven Dennis Fratzke

September 29, 1964 - April 8, 2019

Steven Dennis Fratzke “Steve” passed away Monday April 8, 2019 he was 54 years old.  Steve is survived by his father Donald “Dale” Fratzke of Batavia IL, brothers Frank & Laurel Fratzke of Poquoson, VA, Jim & Kim Fratzke of N. Aurora, IL, Scott & Anne Fratzke of DeKalb, IL, Mark Fratzke of Batavia, IL, and his nephew Michael Fratzke also of Poquoson, VA.  He was preceded in death by his mother Gail Marie “Riege” Fratzke, grandparents Vilas & Fankie Riege, Paul and Amanda Fratzke and his uncles Frank Riege and Lawrence Fratzke, and his wife of 15 years Kathy “Diggs” of Kill Devil Hills, NC – he missed his wife with all his heart.  Steve was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia and graduated from Batavia High School.  From an early age, Steve learned the Carpenter Trade form his father Dale, and worked with him on many projects throughout the Fox River Valley.  Steve learned his father’s craft very well and has been called a true artist by some.  Steve plied his trade in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Naples Florida, and for many years with Rob Hawk Construction in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Steve was a Master Trim Carpenter, Stair Builder and much more working on everything from multi-million dollar homes to high-rises and custom yachts.  In fact, in 2017 Steve’s trim and cabinet work for the Yacht “Caught Up” was the world-wide winner of the 12th annual Veneer-Tech craftsman challenge while working for Paul Mann Yachts.  Steve had a generous heart, and was always willing to help a friend in need, he loved his music – The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Hall & Oates and more, he loved the beaches of the Outer Banks and enjoyed bringing his famous fried chicken and potato salad to the beach for friends to share, he was a Cubs fan and Bears fan through thick and thin, he loved his family and many friends.  Steve left this earth far to soon and will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.  We celebrate the fact that he is now with his beloved wife, dancing to “It’s Only Rock and Roll, and enjoying his new found life in heaven.  A celebration of life will be held 12:30 until 2:30 P.M. Friday, April 12, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church 950 Hart Batavia, IL.  A private family funeral was held.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Steven’s Name may be directed to Autism Speak, www.autismspeaks.org 

Guest Book

  • John Schlaman Our deepest sympathy to our friends and neighbors, Jim and Kim.
  • Wanda Pullom Frank, deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved brother. Keep him in your thoughts and in your heart. I will keep the Fratzke Family in my prayers. Love Wanda
  • Mary (Lurz) Kolarits & Family Our Hearts go out to All of the Fratzke Family Members. We are So Sorry for the Loss of your Beloved Steve. I can remember my youngest Brother Todd & Steve, as young boys hanging out together as Best Friends. I spoke to Todd last night & learned of Steve’s Unfortunate passing. We are So Sorry & Shocked. Todd cried, as he mentioned that he & Steve recently reconnected, got together, & reminisced about their childhood days. They did some metal detecting & found a Pigeon I.D. Band among their treasures. I told Todd that Band will forever link him & Steve together. I also said, that if he sees a Pigeon Bird it is a symbol & to think of Steve, & know that Steve is with him. I know he must of thought I was Crazy to say that, but I did. About 2:50 p.m. today 4-11-19, Todd just called me. He said, you won’t believe this? I’m driving in my work truck right now, & a Pigeon is next to me starring right at me through my window, & flying as fast as he can to keep up with me. We both cried & I said back to Todd, see that’s Steve’s Spirit, & he is right there with you. Todd cried & said, Steve is as Free as a Bird now, & is with God. Then we had to get off the phone, because it started to break up. Steve had the Biggest Heart & Smile, He will be Missed & Never Forgotten. Remember if you too see a Pigeon trying to get your attention, do not ignore it. Observe it & know that Steve is Always with you, too! He’s checking in to say, “Hi.” With Love, Deep Sorrow, & Heartfelt Sympathy to The Entire Fratzke Family. You are in our Thoughts & Prayers. ***May God Be With You Always*** Mary (Lurz) Kolarits & Family
  • Christine Jira My friend Steve was always kind and always a gentleman. I met Steve and Cathy while visiting the OBX. Both of them were two of the most kind and truly good people I have ever had the privilege to meet. I will miss them both.
  • Tom Bentley Steve truly had a very generous heart and will be missed by many of us! Steve & I enjoyed laughing about our youthful years every time we got together. Fratzke family I will keep you in my prayers.