Stephen Charles Gerstenberger passed away on May 17, 2022 at the age of 59. He was born on Sept. 23, 1962 in Cottage Grove, Ore. to Robert and Jaquia Gerstenberger and was the youngest of seven children. 

At the age of nine and upon the tragic death of his parents, Steve was relocated to Bellevue, Wash., along with his sister Betsy and brother Dave where they were raised by their aunt and uncle, Maxine and Richard Carroll, along with the six Carroll children.

This was a lonely and difficult time but through his courage and support from his new family, he persevered and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1981. Following graduation Steve worked in various jobs and will forever be remembered by those lucky enough to have known him.

Steve is survived by his brothers Mike (Judy) Gerstenberger, Pete (Ilene) Gerstenberger, Dave (Martina) Gerstenberger, sisters Paige (Kris) Woodard, Susi (Tim) House and Betsy (Tyler) Milligan and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Steve will be buried with his mom and dad in Cottage Grove at the Sears Cemetery. A private family service was held.