Stephen J. Bittikofer

  • Born: February 11, 1990
  • Died: March 2, 2019
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

21369 Center Ridge Road
Fairview Park, OH 44116
Tel. (440) 333-9774

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Son, Brother and Uncle

With the deepest sorrow, we announce that Stephen J. Bittikofer, age 29, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019, in the hospital surrounded by the loving and comforting embrace of his family. He was the beloved son of Michael and Michele (nee Williamson); cherished brother of Nicole Elias (Jose) and adored uncle of Devin; nephew, cousin and friend to many. We know Stephen is now with his grandparents Robert Sr. and Barbara Bittikofer, Charles and Marian Williamson, and cousin Anthony Morabith and is loved here on earth as well as in Heaven.

Stephen was born on February 11th, 1990 in Cleveland, Ohio and was raised for most of his childhood in the city of Brook Park, Ohio. Stephen graduated from Lakewood High School in 2009 and worked at Danny Boys in North Olmsted. He was loved by his coworkers; some of whom became close friends. They appreciated that he was a great leader, respectful, kind, and appreciative for the little things they did, never letting them go unnoticed. He was a hard worker who went out of his way to always be nice and greet people by their name. While working, he loved to drink iced tea….with four lemons.

He was a good and loyal man who enjoyed the simple everyday things, spending time with his family and friends, good food, movies, fishing, and his beloved dog Kody, who he can now be with again.

If you knew him well or barely at all, he made you smile and feel special. He had an amazing long-term memory and loved to tell descriptive, funny stories. He made the people around him happy with his loveable laugh, and engaged and intrigued by his unique choice of words that became infectious among family and friends. If you were one of the lucky ones, he made you feel extra special by giving you your very own endearing but jive nick name. He will continue to stay with us all, through memories, and the laughs he forced us all to have, whether we were in the mood for it or not.

Now, he is at peace, free from the pain and suffering, but we will never be the same again and will continue to hurt. We will see him everywhere, whether it is in the salt on the kitchen table (that his food always had to be smothered in), some fresh new Nike athletic shoes (that his feet always had to be walking in), or a glass of iced tea…..but we will drink it with four lemons ….for Steve.

We love you soo much my sweet little brother. You were taken from us way too soon. You will be truly missed by soo many.
His parents would like you to visit his GoFundMe page at and share your memories of him. Your stories are truly priceless.

Please join us for a Memorial visitation Sunday, March 10, 2019 (daylight savings time) from 1-3pm, with a 3pm-4pm Celebration of Life service to honor Stephen's life. Both visitation and service will be held at Busch Funeral Home, 21369 Center Ridge Road, Fairview Park. 440-333-9774

Visitation and Service Details
1-3pm Memorial Visitation
Come to visit with family and friends, and pay condolences if you wish. Stephen will be with us in his urn and in spirit, cremated, no casket. We will be looking at pictures & memorabilia, special chosen music playlist will be on, coffee/cookies/finger food.

3pm-4pm Stephens Celebration of Life Service
The minister/life celebrant will be speaking, and some of his friends and family will also be coming up to speak to honor his life and his memory. There is no actual set end time, about an hour.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for your loss

Posted by Diane McClure - Cleveland, OH - Friend   March 10, 2019


This is such sad news to hear about Steve's passing. Memories came flooding back into my head, remembering when we were all younger and hanging out at your guys house pretty much every single day. Steve was always such a goofball! Gosh he always had me laughing! He was always such a sweet person. He had one of the kindest souls. He always knew how to make you feel better when you were sad, and he was always there to lend a helping hand. It's always the good ones that are taken to soon. Steve was definitely one of the good ones! He will forever be remembered and missed dearly. Rest in Peace Steve you were such a wonderful person!

Posted by Brittney Aron - Cleveland, OH - Friend   March 08, 2019

His friend did this pic for me. Taken during a much happier time. My baby is sure handsome!

Posted by Mom Bittikifer - Cleveland - Family   March 08, 2019

Michelle, Michael and all the Bittikofer extended family, so sorry to hear of Stephan's passing. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Too young...

Posted by Eugene Fennimore - Westfield, NJ - Family Friend   March 08, 2019

I have lost for all my days in this physical world. But I know toy will be waiting for me in the spiritual world. I can't wait to see and meet the Lord and ask many things.

Posted by Michele Bittikofer - Cleveland, OH - Family   March 07, 2019

Very sad for our family. Steve was a good son and brother, he will be missed by everyone. Too young to go. Rest in peace.

Posted by Toni Esser - Medina, OH - Family Friend   March 07, 2019

He was the sweetest guy I've ever known. He was always there for me no matter what the circumstances were. Ill love him forever.

Posted by Amanda Wade - Cleveland, OH - Family Friend   March 07, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear about Steve. He was always a good kid. I remember coming to your guys' house in Brook Park, and Nikki and I went back an forth with Steve with a paintball gun shooting each other. He ended up feeling bad about hitting me, so he let us get him back a little harder. He cared about everyone and never wanted anyone to feel upset. I'll always remember him as the nicest little kid just wanting to hang out with his older sister and her friends. He'll be missed by so many.

Posted by Krystal Paroda - Brook Park, OH - Friend   March 07, 2019

I'm sad youre gone man. I'll always remember the good times we had together. I know you're in a better place and will see you again one day.

Posted by Jared Soltis - Parma Heights, OH - Family Friend   March 07, 2019

Family Album

Community Photos

Young at our sisters house. id give anythung \to have those days again.
Steve and mom at Chucly Cheese. He sure had 'Stev running that day. He was such a great uncle.
Steve sledding with 'Devn, Nicole and Jose/
Happier Tmes. Stepen's 21st party or I should say his slam dunk.
Steve with Jose n G, nickname for Devin.
Stephen and his dad, Mike. I just love Stephen's smile.

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Steve and I doing our fav. thing, t Fishing. Don't know if I fish now!!
Awesome pic a friend did from #notinvain, a fb group for grieving mama's who list a child to drugs.
Stephen and his mom, Lady, as he called me. Oh how my hurt aches!
Great Day for Steve, Nicole and Devin. At the history museum.
Nicole and Stephen in their teen, I think. Goofing around. Cute kids huh!
Steve and Nicole on her wedding day. They were so happy. Oh dear God, thank you for this day.

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Stephen with his lare cousin, Anthony. I pray they are together with the Lord. Uncle Syl is well.
A nice pic of Stephen from hs service. This was a happy day with Devin and Jose sledding.
Our Stephen and many pics of him. I talk to him and touch his ashes. Oh god, I miss him terribly!
Stephen loved this shirt. He loved E. T and lived in the hood. He looks so happy. Pics n memories
Steve as a Lil guy with his beloved grandma. Th Together now pain and anguish free with our Lord.
A friend from fb group made for me. Luv it n so true. I will see him again and we will be perfect!

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Nicole getting a hug from her little (not size) brother. She missed him and her heart is broken.
Stephen and Jose two years ago at Devins bday at Madison Park.
Steve with his dad, Mike and grandma, Barbara. He cherished his grandparents n he is with them now!
My love for my son is everlasting and untill I see him again, he will remain. Love Lady
A cute olel pic of all of us. Stephen was about 2 and Nicole 5...
They were out for Stephens 21st birthday. He doesn't remember much of it but he had a great time!

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This is true but we did Stephen have to leave me so young?
I pray he rests in peace. He was not at peace here. He was tormented. Oh my heart hurts so!
We went fishing w/ Capt. Denny for walleye. I caught a record 31 inch walleye. We had a great day!
Nicole's wedding. They were so happy that day. Thank God we didn't lose him before the wedding!
Steve running at the 5k lung cancer run.. He came in like 3rd or 4th even though he was a smoker.
At the jumpyard for Devins bday. Oh I'd give anything to just see him smile one more time.

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At the 5k for lung cancer and Steve ran for me. He felt good doing it for me. It was a happy wknd.
Stephen very happy with whatever drink n more and hugging one of his crushes, Nicole's girl, Tara.
Stephen n I in Columus at 5k for lung cancer he ran for me. He was quick n came in like 3rd or 4th.
Happier days, I'd give anything for 1. He could have been a good dad! Devin, him and Romeo!
Nice pic of Stephen when we lived in Lkwd. He was 19 and we didn't know he had 10 yrs. left to live.
Two of Stephens friends, Jared and Jason at hospital the day he died. They came and talked to him.

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Oh I would give almost anything to hug him one more time, I wouldnt let him go. My heart is broken!