Stephen Berzi Jr., 85, passed on from this life on August 29, 2023. He is survived by his daughters Lorraine Selph (John Rick Selph), and Tracey Berzi, son-in-law James Vigerust Jr., grandchildren Christopher Welch, Kerian Meyerson (George Myerson Jr.), Joel Vigerust (Bryanna Vigerust), and Sydney Berzi, great grandchildren Micah Welch, Hailey Welch, Teagan Welch, Kai Ingalls, Maggie Meyerson, Lily Meyerson, Caiden Vigerust, and Elliott Vigerust. Mr. Berzi was preceded in death by his love of 49 years, Janyce Kay Berzi, and daughter Diane Vigerust. He was born in Passaic, New Jersey.
He served his country proudly in both the United States Marine Corp and the United States Air Force. While serving in the Air Force he was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha Nebraska where he met his love Jan. In time they moved to New Mexico and became long time residents of Rio Rancho. Where Steve worked as a Heavy Machine Mechanic with Road Machinery and SMA Equipment Company.
Steve was a good man with a kind heart and stubborn ways who loved his family and enjoyed his coffee with the guys. He was an accomplished garage carpenter and made many beautiful pieces for his home and loved ones. He had an eye for construction, always willing to give advice, even unsolicited. He loved his Broncos Football and of course the Nebraska Cornhuskers, many nights you would find him yelling at the television when the game was on. He loved to watch COPS and his Hallmark movies and you best believe those Christmas movies were on every July and December, no matter how cheesy and predictable they may have been. One of his favorite past times was riding his motorcycle up to Los Ojo’s Restaurant and Saloon for one of “The best GD burgers” he has ever had and an ice-cold beer.
Steve will be dearly missed; his memories will live on and we can all rest easy knowing that we do not have to wear shorts at Christmas!
The services for Steve will be on Thursday September 7th at Daniel’s Cemetery on Sara Road. The times are as follows: open viewing beginning at 1 PM, the casket will be closed beginning around 2 PM with a funeral service at 3 PM. Internment will take place privately at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of Steve’s favorite charities: The Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled Veteran’s, Shiner’s Hospitals or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.