Steve “Poppy” Krakosky

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Steven “Poppy” Krakosky, 61, of Swansea, IL, born April 25, 1960, in Big Springs, TX, died Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Heartland Regional Medical Center, Marion, IL.

Mr. Krakosky had worked as a gas storage field pipefitter for Ameren for more than 37 years. He enjoyed his weekend getaways at Lake Egypt with his family, kids, and grandkids. Steve was a member of the Belleville Enduro Team. He was known as “Poppy” to his family and all of his extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce, nee Fietsam, Krakosky.

Surviving are his loving wife of 42 years, Beth “Nonnie” Krakosky; three children, Stefanie (Brian) Wilson, Adam (Ashley) Krakosky, and Louise (Steve) Bahr; six grandchildren, Abbigale Wilson, Avery Bahr, Landon Krakosky, Brayden Bahr, Brooklyn Krakosky, and Carson Bahr; his father, Charles (Joyce) Krakosky; a sister, Laura (Robert) Niemeyer; a brother, Charlie (Claudia) Krakosky; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  A celebration of life will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, November 12, 2021, at Catholic War Veterans, Freeburg, IL. Standard CDC guidelines will be followed, including masks and social distancing.


46 Comments on Steve “Poppy” Krakosky

Charles E.Krakosky Sr said : Guest Report May 02, 2022 at 6:19 PM

Never thought I would see my children die. Steve was my eldest son and I miss him every day. He always gave me a big hug, a kiss on my lips and always said “I love you Dad” something you will never forget I love you too Steve Your Dad

  • Dunedin
  • Florida
Laura D Burkert said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 10:02 AM

RIP Steve. Beth and family, you are in my prayers. Thinking of you every day.

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Tony Welsch said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 12:16 PM

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Worked with him years ago at Ameren. Seemed like we always ran into each other at the Belleville chili cookoffs. Always happy and upbeat. A great guy!

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
fverdu said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 11:05 AM

Beth ,Chuck and family.So sorry for your loss.Steve was a great guy.I’ve had the pleasure of working with Steve never a dull moment.He was very talented and skilled.Always had a great time hanging with family.I will miss you my freind as will many.RIP

  • Edwardsviille
  • Illinois
Pat & Kathy Brady said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 8:18 PM

Chuck Sr., Joyce and entire family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Swasea
  • IL
Cindy said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 8:10 PM

Beth and family, All of us from Jim and Dot Tiemann's family send our heartfelt condolences. We were saddened to hear about Steve. We pray you find strength and comfort in the coming days, weeks, months. I remember how our Dad felt about Steve. There was closeness and a connnection. I know Dad thought very highly of him. Know that warm and loving thoughts are being sent your way!

  • Nashville
  • IL
Mike & Elaine Hasenstab said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 3:52 PM

Our heartfelt sympathy to Steve's family. You are in our prayers. God bless.

  • Jacksonville
  • FL
Bto said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2021 at 6:35 PM

The most genuine man I have ever met. The family he raised just shows what a great man he was. His children and grandchildren have the greatest hearts of anyone I have ever met. Steve and Beth have always been so accepting of everyone with out any judgement. I aspire to be half the man he was.

  • Fairview heights
  • Illinois
Laurie Evans said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2021 at 3:55 PM

Steve will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. I know that our workgroup won't be the same without him. He was always kind, upbeat, and friendly. Sincerest condolences to his family, prayers for peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding.

  • Decatur
  • IL
Bob and Barb Ruhl said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2021 at 12:23 PM

May God be with you in your time of loss. Prayers to you and your family. We treasure the memories we had with you

  • Belleville
  • Il
Austin Duran said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2021 at 10:56 AM

My family and I would like to send our condolences to the family of Steve. I've had a few conversations with him over the short years I've known him and he's always kept me laughing. He was a good man that always accepted anyone and never run anyone away. He will be missed by many.

  • Creal Springs
  • IL
Julie Bruns said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2021 at 7:52 AM

I had the honor to meet and work with Steve at the storage field this summer. Steve made me feel welcome on my first day and throughout the summer. In this short time, I learned that Steve was friendly, caring, and just fun to be around. The way Steve talked about his family made it obvious how much he truly loved all of you. I am so sorry for this great loss. He will be greatly missed. I will continue praying for his family for months to come.

  • Bethalto
  • IL
Stan and Bonnie Harris said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2021 at 9:05 PM

I'm a better person for having known Steve. The lake won't be the same without spotting that big orange pontoon, Steve waving from the captain seat with a huge smile on his face. Steve, you will be missed. Beth, our deepest condolences go out to you and your entire family.

  • Goreville
  • Illinois
Louise said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2021 at 8:58 PM

I am so thankful I had you as an amazing father. My kids are beyond lucky to call you their Poppy. You were the absolute best! I know you will be with us everyday as we navigate this world without you here. I love you so much Dad!

  • Swansea
  • IL
Melissa n jay Carmack said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2021 at 7:37 PM

This is so sad Steve is gone! Best individual ever! Our deepest condolences to Beth and the family! This is such a sad loss my heart hurts for each and every one of you♥️

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Melissa and jay Carmack said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2021 at 7:35 PM

Steve, I’m gonna miss you every time I was outside and you waving and asking how we are doing, it’s so sad you are gone. Our deepest condolences and our hearts to Beth and family♥️ Sad loss

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Dede hendricks said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2021 at 7:15 PM

Beth my heart aches for you on your loss. I know you are a strong women, may god help you through this difficult time Dede and family

  • Belleville
  • Il
Tim and Linda McGuire said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2021 at 8:23 AM

Beth and family, We are so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. We have some wonderful memories of Steve. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Much love Tim and Linda

  • Swansea
  • IL
JR Jennings (Ameren) said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2021 at 10:08 PM

Steve rest in peace my friend. One of the finest people I ever had the pleasure meeting and working with. Caring, honest and hard working. I was blessed and fortunate enough to have Steve pass on many life lessons to me. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Krakosky family, may God comfort you in these most difficult times.

  • Williamsville
  • IL
Jim & Merly Tiemann said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2021 at 9:28 PM

Beth and Family- we are so sorry for your loss. I’m glad I had a chance to meet Steve at a few Tiemann Family reunions. I can tell he was an incredible husband, father, brother, and friend too everyone that knew him. I wish I could have had some of his BBQ. We send are condolences during this difficult time and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Steve! - The San Antonio Tiemann’s

  • San Antonio
  • Tx
Troy and Heather Hogshead said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2021 at 7:56 PM

Beth and family we are so sorry for your loss. Just a one of a kind guy. We are thinking of everyone and praying for you all

  • Highland
  • Il
Scott Vallandingham said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2021 at 6:18 PM

Steve you are a great man. With a wonderful family. Hard worker. One of Belleville Enduro Teams finest members. Always had time to shake my hand and ask how I was. God bless you

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Charlie krakosky said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2021 at 2:40 PM

Steve I couldn’t of asked for a better brother. You were always good to me! I sure can’t imagine life without you. Please keep watching over the family and give mom a big hug for me! I love you with all my heart and will never forget the times we had! God bless you big brother, heaven just got better!!

  • St.Peters
  • Mo
Cheri Sprinz said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 10:49 PM

Beth, the whole Sprinz family expresses their sympathy to you and your children and grandchildren. My heart is breaking for you. God bless you. -Cheri Sprinz-Gentry

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Stef said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 8:55 PM

Best dad in the world and I miss you more then any words can say. God damn dad I love you so much

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bonnie and Jim Brownfield said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 5:49 PM

You have our sincere deepest heartfelt sympathy for you and your family. Bonnie and Jim

  • Belleville
  • Il
Daniel Fietsam said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 3:52 PM

Growing up, both Charlie and I always looked up to Steve and Mark. Steve always cracked me. He was a great cousin, awesome father, and just an all around stand-up man. I love him and will miss him greatly. All our love to Beth and the whole Krakosky family - love Dan, Leah, Caleb, Faith, and Eli.

  • Arizona
Dennis Tribout said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 2:44 PM

So very sorry for your loss Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Swansea
  • Il
Adam said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 2:28 PM

I love you DAD!

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Debi Croy (Ameren) said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 10:33 AM

So sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of knowing Steve and taking new employees for Ameren Gas Control to the storage field to see how Steve and the guys operated the storage fields. Such a great man and I loved the stories he shared when we would visit the field. He certainly will be missed.

  • Mattoon
  • IL
Luke Warden said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 10:03 AM

I really enjoyed Steve. When first meeting him, he immediately started cracking jokes and we simply never stopped. What a pleasure to know. He is being missed already.

  • Pinckneyville
  • Illinois
Shelby said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 9:50 AM

Thinking of your family.

  • Chester
  • Illinois
michael veath said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 8:28 AM

Beth sorry to hear of Steves passing. He was a good friend, Enjoyed working with at Fritz and night fishing on the fishing trips. He will be missed but remembered as a wonderful person .Prayers for you and you family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kevin Niemeyer said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 8:46 PM

Never met a finer person. If you were blessed to have him in your life you know the man would do anything for anybody. He has done so much for so many. He will be missed. My heart goes out to the Karkosky’s

  • Glen Carbon
  • IL.
Rick Lugge said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 7:08 PM

Beth I'm so for u your family Steve was a great man lot of good times with him I prayers for you n that great family

  • Belleville
  • Il
Kyle May said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 6:30 PM

I was lucky enough to have Steve as an uncle. He was always the nicest guy and could make anyone feel comfortable or at home. One of my favorite memories of him is teaching me how to water ski. My deepest condolences to Beth, Stephanie, Adam and Louise.

  • University City
  • MO
Deb bahr said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 5:15 PM

Steve, Dan and I are truly going to miss your funny tricks the bottle spilling got me every time. You were a one of kind special friend and we wish all this would go away we love you and miss you so much rip our dear friend

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
donald williams said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 4:59 PM

Steve you were not only my neighbor for 30 years but you were also my very dear friend. I will never forget your kindness or your friendship.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Paula Lubeck Mullins said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 3:53 PM

Beth and family. So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Steve was a great man and friend. RIP STEVE. you are loved by many ❤️🙏🙏🙏❤️

  • Illinois
Rick and sherry dillard said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 3:45 PM

There are no words i can say to ease your pain Steve was so sweet funny a great bbqer😊 we will miss him He will be missed by so so many people Are deepest sympathy Rick and sherry

  • Fairview heigjts
  • Illinois
Tammy & Miguel said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 2:42 PM

Beth, Stef, Louise & Adam, Mine and Mike's deepest condolences. In all my years, I had never met a finer man in all respects. Loving, giving, funny. We will truly miss his beautiful presence in this world. God had plans for him, and we're so lucky God including him in our lives. We love you, Tammy & Miguel

  • Eustace
  • Texas
Hannah and Zachary Friederich and cam said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 2:39 PM

It still feels unreal Steve was such an amazing person and touched everyone he came into contact with. He was so loved and will continue to be. Through the memory of everyone that knew him he will live on. We love you all so much and are thinking about your family in one of the most difficult time of your lives. Sending love hugs and good thoughts your way. Just

  • Cottage hills
  • Il
Chuck and Andrea Hopfensperger said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 2:38 PM

What a terrible loss to everyone that knew this amazing man! You could not ask for a better friend, husband father or grandfather! Steve you will be missed forever!! Love you buddy ❤️🥲

  • Marion
  • Illinois
Jeremy clines said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 2:06 PM

He was a great man and I still can’t believe this he was a great person and a great dad and husband he would do anything to make his family and friends happy he was always happy and friendly he was an amazing person all around prayers for the family

  • Farmington
  • Missouri
Tim and Barb May said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 1:54 PM

Our sincere heartfelt sympathy to Beth and Steve's family and extended families. We hope to attend his Celebration of Life ceremony. - - Tim and Barb

  • Orlando
  • Florida
Lindsey(BeQuette) Adams & Bill Adams said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 1:53 PM

Sending thoughts and prayers to the Krakosky Family during this difficult time.

  • OFallon
  • IL

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