Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on December 2nd, 1951

Departed on January 28th, 2020 and resided in Parker, Colorado

  • Funeral Mass: St. Thomas More Church
    Friday February 7th, 2020 11:00 am

“Say you can and you will” were the words that you often heard Stephen Petrucci, 68, proclaim, even through his final days with us.  We are truly heartbroken to have lost Steve, who vehemently fought a four year battle with stage 4 cancer.

Steve Petrucci, was born in December, 1951 in Kalamazoo, MI.  He was the third child of Gerard and Peggy Petrucci. He excelled at school and sports throughout his childhood.  He attended Loy Norrix High School and was a three sport athlete in baseball, football, and swimming. After high school, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1973 with a BBA, where he played football during his freshman year.  At Notre Dame he met his wife, Nannette Nugent, and they married in1973. Steve began his career in sales for the Upjohn Company, living in both Minnesota and Kalamazoo, Michigan, where his first daughter, Angela, was born and where he received his MBA from Western Michigan University.  His education did not stop there, as he moved his family to Colorado in 1978 to attend law school at the University of Denver, graduating in 1980.  During their time in Colorado, they welcomed two sons, Tony (born in 1980) and Matthew (born in 1984).  He practiced law in a variety of settings, including in house at the University hospitals, Martin Marietta and Lear Sigler and in private practice where he was a partner at Burg, Aspinwall and Petrucci and at Petrucci and Burke.  Steve was also very excited to represent athletes and went on to a varied law career as well as many entrepreneurial adventures.

Outside of business, Steve was a family man and loved to coach sports for his two sons and their friends. He was affectionately known for his strong personality, great charisma and sense of humor as well as his undying optimism. A die hard road warrior, Steve loved both the ocean and the mountains, and truly enjoyed his brief time living in California where he and Nan watched their youngest son Matt play college baseball.

He is survived by his wife Nan and his beloved three children Angela Petrucci, Tony Petrucci and Matthew Petrucci, Matthew’s wife Samantha, and his grandson Vincent who was welcomed into this world this past December.  He is also survived by his three siblings Jeff Petrucci, Kim Petrucci, and Terri Petrucci-Coley.

Funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas More Church (8035 S Quebec St, Englewood, CO 80112) on February 7th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance: https://fundraise.ccalliance.org/blue-star-tributes/StephenPetrucci

 

Guestbook Entries

Bernie Landes

I met Steve when he was still living in California and enjoying a hiatus from the highly successful, but incredibly demanding years of his post-legal entrepreneurial adventures. Slowly, over a few months, we grew closer and closer as business colleagues and as friends. He was a force of nature and I was blessed to be a partner in business ventures that never would have materialized were it not for Steve’s remarkable skills as a negotiator, dealmaker and business operator. He was incredibly smart, incredibly tough and incredibly decent. We shared many hours on the phone together…planning, sharing ideas and laughing as only close friends can laugh with each other. I always thought that Steve was indomitable and we often joked about how cancer didn’t have a chance against him. You would never know there was anything wrong and until the very last he was optimistic and full of joy. His wife and family were his pride and joy. Their lives and abundant successes were part of every conversation. And, of course, there was Rocky, the Westie that he adored because, though little, he had a giant heart. Steve will be missed by so many more than the scores that we knew together. But to a one, all feel like their lives are better for Steve having been a part of it. I will miss my friend, the closest thing I’ve ever had to a real brother. And I will carry the lessons I learned from him in business and in life with me always.

February 1st, 2020 at 9:17am
Bob Habig

My entire family is heart broken and saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. We met at Notre Dame in the early 70’s. Steve, Jake, Vinnie, Ed, and I were the fearless fivesome who moved off campus our senior year. We had a blast at 230 S Francis St and we even studied some! Steve had met his soulmate in Nan and all our friendships grew that final year. Shortly after graduation, we were honored to be invited to Steve and Nan’s wedding in Loveland, Colorado. A totally appropriate name because those two were deeply in love! We were able to visit the Petrucci’s several times in Colorado. They were always gracious and sharing. Steve was kind enough to advise my daughter, Meghan, in the direction to take one of her inventions. I am confident Steve’s family and friends will miss this kind and loving man. Even though we were at a distance, my friendship for Steve never faltered. My family and I send our deepest sympathy, prayers, and love to all the Petrucci family. May Steve rest in peace and his family stay united and strong. God Bless, Bob

February 1st, 2020 at 3:32pm
Rick Petry

Steve was a beloved colleague and friend who has left us too soon. He was a “mensch” and if I know Steve, he’d probably say, “What the hell does that mean?” It means he was a person of integrity and honor, completely devoted to his family, who inspired others with his vigor for life and pursuit of new opportunities. Steve was forever gracious, even when we talked about USC (my alma mater) and (his) Notre Dame football. Most of all what I will miss is his belly laugh, and, thankfully, there were a good many of them along the way. My heartfelt condolences to the family; your Steve was one-of-a-kind. It has and will remain a blessing to know him.

February 3rd, 2020 at 11:32am
Michaella Morrina (Harkey)

I will forever be blessed having had the opportunity to call Steve a colleague, and more importantly, a friend. He had an amazing ability to put people at ease with his laugh, that impish twinkle in his eye and his pure love of life and business.  I will miss you Steve, and I will have one last toast of Mc Callan 12 in your honor. Somehow I know you will be toasting me back. To his family, I am so sorry for your loss but so grateful you shared this amazing man with the rest of us. 

February 3rd, 2020 at 3:41pm
Mickey Schuett

I met Steve many years ago when we crossed paths in business. I always found him to be a great bussinessman as well as a beautiful human being. I will miss his infectious laugh and humor. Rest well my friend!

February 4th, 2020 at 9:53am
John Mansfield

After reading the many touching sentiments posted, I have to agree – we all knew the same Steve. He was a bigger-than-life friend, who was incredibly smart, and at the same time warm and gracious and generous. It was my great fortune to have met Steve in 2004 and to have had a strong business relationship with him ever since. Over the years, we swapped stories and shared laughs –lots of laughs. Steve was a sensitive and thoughtful guy who loved deep discussions and was not afraid to tear up when thinking about his family. That became quite evident to me from our earliest days together as his family meant the world to him. My heart goes out to you, Nan and to all of his family. You were his champion, especially during his last days! May God comfort you all during this time of grief and sadness.

I was heartbroken and saddened to hear the news that Steve had passed. I will miss you, my Brother!

February 4th, 2020 at 11:46am
Lynda, Dominyck & Bryan Bullard

Our Dearest Petrucci Family,

We are greatly saddened with the loss of Steve. A man with a big heart & personality to match.  We loved him & all his family from the very beginning when Samantha met Matt
in their under graduate years at USD.  On a regular basis he had us over where ever we were in town, and has cheered our younger son on in his baseball  dreams & goals. He is & was the biggest cheerleader & coach for all. We loved his competitive spirit and we know it will live on through our beautiful grandchild, Vincent Joseph. He is our Coach & Angel watching over us all from heaven❣️
God Bless & Love

February 5th, 2020 at 12:50pm
Juliana Pisani

Dearest Petrucci Family,

Wishing you God’s peace to bring you comfort, God’s courage to face the days ahead and his loving memory to forever hold in your heart. You were blessed with a precious husband/father/brother. May it bring you some solace knowing he is dancing in Paradise with the angels and coaching some angel baseball!

Our love and prayers,

Grandpa Coach Pisani & Aunt Juliana

February 5th, 2020 at 7:01pm
Greg and Jean Kaput

Steve and the Petrucci family came into our lives via Angela, we are blessed. We are James’s parents and over the years have had the privilege of spending many holidays together.  Steve was a great conversationalist and we enjoyed many holidays talking, laughing and sharing our time together.  Of course there was football, golf etc. etc.  We haven’t known Steve, Nan and family for a long time but it has been long enough to witness their closeness and dedication to each other.  We will remember Steve for his always positive spirit and welcoming demeanor.  We share in the Petrucci family’s grief over the loss of Steve.

February 6th, 2020 at 1:21pm
Jake Westhoven

I will miss Steve immensely.  Steve and I got together early in our freshman year at ND.  We quickly realized we had practically all our classes together.  We had great times together all 4 years moving off campus with 3 others our senior year.  Steve was the best man at my wedding.  I did not get to see Steve and Nan often enough through the years, particularly later in our lives.  He was taken much too soon.

February 7th, 2020 at 2:46pm
Teresa Caffrey

It was my great privilege to have known Steve for over 20 years. As his hairstylist, I got to hear about so many of you that he loved . His passion for our Lord and Savior, as well as being devoted To Nan, Angie, Tony, Matt, and their spouses, was nothing less than inspiring! He was so proud of all of you and your accomplishments. He often talked about wanting to do something good for God. I am sure he is hearing in heaven from Jesus’ lips  ” WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT “.  I pray that you all are comforted by the knowing That he is sitting at the feet of Jesus. You will be missed dearly my friend!  Save a seat for the rest of us!

February 14th, 2020 at 11:53am

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