Stephen A. Leffler

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 May 2022 at 8:22 pm

SHELBY – Stephen Arthur Leffler, 83, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022 due to complications of emergency surgery.

Born to the late Elmer and Mildred (Bruning) Leffler on June 21, 1938, Stephen lived his entire life in the West Shelby area where he grew up with and later married Bette (nee Caleb) 63 years ago.

Stephen is survived by his wife, Bette; five children, Michael Leffler, Michelle Leffler, Amy (Arthur) Washak, Darcy (Ed) Kaminski and Heidi Kuhmann; grandchildren, Stephanie Prawel, Andrew Washak, Kari (Joseph) Root, Katie, Madison and Zoe Kaminski, Jacob and Melanie Kuhmann; and great-grandsons, Barrett and Owen Root.

Steve was predeceased by his two sisters, Virginia Messore and Linda Mietz.

He is survived by his brother, Timothy (Tina) Leffler of North Carolina; brothers-in-law, Frank Messore and Donald Mietz; sister-in-law, Karen Larson; and many nieces and nephews.

Steve worked for many years at GM Harrison Radiator in Lockport, retiring as a maintenance foreman. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Middleport. Steve was a talented remodeler and woodworker. In addition to his own home, he lent a hand to each of his children to build, repair or remodel their homes. He also created elaborate birdhouses and he was very proud of his over-the-top Christmas light displays. His favorite saying was no sweat, no big deal.

Steve took his family on camping trips for a number of years and then traveled throughout the US with Bette, Shelley and Stephanie logging many miles and adventures. He was always ready for a trip, especially to St. Pete’s Beach and the Outer Banks where we would meet up with family. Steve was blessed to have all his family nearby and considered eight at the dinner table a normal day, not a special occasion. He had a special relationship with granddaughter, Stephanie and with his caretaker cat, Pippi.

A highlight every year for Steve was his birthday and Father’s Day clambake hosted by Amy and Art. At one of these parties it was famously stated “Steve Leffler, the greatest man I’ve ever known.” We think so.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 17th, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. immediately followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shelby Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 1, Medina, NY 14103 or Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 133 Telegraph Rd., Middleport, NY 14105. Share condolences at