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Wednesday August 19th, 2020

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Stephen L. Farkas

Stephen L. Farkas, 78, of Lansing, NY, passed away peacefully at home on August 11, 2020, after a long fight with kidney disease and dementia. Born on April 16, 1942, Steve was the son of the late Stephen and Nellie (DiGiacomo) Farkas.

After graduating from Lansing High School, Steve earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Ithaca College and a Master in Social Work from Syracuse University.

He began his career at Walton High School as a teacher and coach before embarking on a 35 year career with the Division for Youth, first at Camp MacCormick and then throughout the state at various facilities. He also developed and was the director of two youth programs, Adirondack Residential Center and the Adirondack Wilderness Challenge. Steve retired from the Division for Youth in Lansing and went on to serve on the Lansing Town Board and then as Supervisor for eight years. Continuing Steve’s service to others, he was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Alexander’s Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose, and Lions Club.

Steve enjoyed spending quality time with his much-loved family. He also enjoyed golfing, hunting, and traveling with his wife. Highlights of his travels included Crater Lake, the redwoods of California, and the Pacific Coast. He brought a special light and love everywhere he went and in everything he was a part of.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Martin. Steve is survived by his wife, the former Alice Kaupp, whom he met on a blind date that lasted 54 years. He is also survived by his son, Stephen (Dawn) Farkas; daughter, Kathleen (Drew) Watson; grandchildren, Shalyn Watson (Charles Schaff) and soon to be great grandchild, Stephen Farkas (Ashley Larkin), and Jessica Farkas; sister-in-law, Cecile Vormwald of Florida; brother-in-law, Richard (Barbra) Kaupp of Idaho; and many special cousins. A special thank you to his caregivers: Lori, Len and Dr. Ferrer.

Committal services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, in Calvary Cemetery with Father Daniel Ruiz officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Steve’s name may be directed to Hospicare of Ithaca and the Lansing Community Library.   

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I had the honor of being one of Steven's dialysis nurses. Even with the Alzheimer's stealing so much from him already, his personality shown through! His smile would light up the room. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Danielle "Dee" Lightbown LPN Sep 3 2020 12:00 AM

Alice & family,
I have known Steve since high school at LHS. Our families were neighbors and we rode the same school bus. As adults, I didn't get to see him as often but have always had a high degree of respect for Steve. While working at the hospital recently I got to see him again, and it broke my heart. So sorry for your loss of a special man.

Marthanne (Marty) Moses

Ms. Marthanne (Marty) Moses Aug 18 2020 12:00 AM

Steve & Family ,
I know words and thoughts are hard to come by at this time of sorrow but I will always remember the Golf battles between the Nielsens /Farkas and the pleasure my father and I had playing with you two gentleman . You have my prayers and thoughts during this time . Take Care

Dan Nielsen Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Stephen Farkas

S. Decker Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Stephen Farkas

Lisa Harper Aug 15 2020 12:00 AM

After my unsuccessful candidacy for Lansing's Town Board, Steve called me up with condolences for my loss and the suggestion that I might serve on Lansing's Zoning Board of Appeals.That began my decade of service on Lansing's ZBA.. We remained across-the-political-aisle ftrienemies ever since.

Dan Konowalow Aug 15 2020 12:00 AM