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"Threads of Love" Donor Memorial Quilt: Quilt 63

Stephen Kocsis

Stephen Kocsis lost a courageous battle with throat cancer on January 24, 2013. He was 67 years old.

Throughout his life, Steve was challenged by visual problems and was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at an early age. He was able to work until 1995 because he had a powerful work ethic.

It was not easy for him, but Steve always took the high road and continued his optimistic view of life. He made me promise that I would donate his eyes for educational research to help others and I did.

He was a devoted husband, a loving brother and uncle, and a loyal friend. When he died, people came forward and spoke of his random acts of kindness to them and others. I did not know about many of them because Steve thought that this was the rule, rather than the exception, and that what he was doing was nothing extraordinary. He was truly beloved and that will always be his legacy.

It gives our family great comfort to know that we have fulfilled his wishes and he gave the gift of sight.

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