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Stephen Willis Stiles
Date of Funeral:
Friday, January 24, 2020
Time of Funeral:
12 pm
Funeral Location:
8631 Lucerne Road
Randallstown, MD 21133
Shiva Details:
Saturday 7-9pm, Sunday 2-5pm and Monday 2-5pm
Contributions in his memory may be made to:

Beit Tikvah,
5802 Roland Avenue,
Baltimore, MD 21210

1 Olympic Place, Suite 100
Towson, MD 21204

The National Association of Independent Artists

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The Family of Stephen Willis Stiles
Feb 21, 2020 7:11 PM

We welcome you to share your memories with us and with those who visit here.

Miriam Winder kelly
Jan 13, 2020 04:24 PM

I'll miss listening to Steve tell tales of cartooning, NY fandom, Corflu's past and his extensive book knowledge. The world is a darker place without your wonderful Mensh. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

Harold Bob
Jan 13, 2020 08:08 PM

Steve had a very quiet wit, a sparkle in his eye, and an inspired creativity. He made fandom and the world a better place. May his work and cheerful spirit be remembered, and his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

Susan Cohen
Jan 13, 2020 08:09 PM

Steve was unfailingly friendly & fun; we are all the poorer for his passing. May his loved ones be comforted with the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem. Baruch Dayan Ha'Emet

Tami & Stuart Fine
Jan 14, 2020 07:52 AM

Elaine, you are in our thoughts and prayers and hearts. Steve was always fascinating to listen to with his many stories of his passion.
May is memory be for a blessing.

Heidi Schloss
Jan 14, 2020 06:17 PM

Oh my! Dear Elaine! I still remember when you guys were members of Beit Tikvah! I just saw you about 2 years ago at Nina’s kitchen table when Diana & David brought babyViolet to visit! Fond memories! My heart goes out to you. May Steve’s heart be a blessing.

Ilene London
Jan 15, 2020 09:47 AM

Dear Elaine, words aren’t adequate for a time like this. My deepest sympathies to you and your family, I was devastated to hear about Steve’s death. Such a kind, funny, friendly, bright, talented, unique man. I enjoyed many conversations with him over the years at Beit Tikvah and later on FB. I will miss him very much. Sending much love..

Beth Feigin Bugnaski
Jan 15, 2020 11:59 AM

Dear Elaine,
Sending love and sincere condolences.

Sarita and Carl Olson
Jan 15, 2020 03:16 PM

We are so saddened to hear the news of Steve's passing. May his blessing be for a memory and you find comfort at this time. He touched so many people with his art and his commitment to Judaism and Beit Tikvah.

Deborah Buffalin
Jan 15, 2020 09:50 PM

Elaine, I will always remember the warm way you and Steve welcomed me and my family to Beit Tikvah lo those many years ago. My heart goes out to you and I hope you derive strength and comfort from your memories of a rich lifetime with your remarkable partner.

Michael Kurman and Nina Lively
Jan 18, 2020 12:54 PM

I have known Steve since the late 1970s in Baltimore. I used to hang out with him at his house in Waverly. A bit later, he married his love Elaine. Steve was a super comic and graphic novel artist, as well as a funny, always friendly, and extremely bright guy. Nina and I truly miss Steve and always will.

Michael Kurman & Nina Lively
Jan 18, 2020 01:44 PM

I have known Steve since the late 1970s in Baltimore. I used to hang out with him at his house in Waverly. A bit later, he married his love Elaine. Steve was a super comic and graphic novel artist, as well as a funny, always friendly, and extremely bright guy. Nina and I truly miss Steve and always will.

Iris Wingert
Jan 22, 2020 07:48 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Steve will be dearly missed. May his memory be a comfort to all who loved him.

Natalie Paymer Ellis
Jan 22, 2020 01:10 PM

Charlie and I shared a special relationship with Steve and six others: we knew each other from science fiction fandom many decades ago and then, in the 80s, we formed a “brunch group” which met pretty regularly on a monthly basis for years. Steve: the Brunch Group will not be the same without you.

A Friend
Jan 22, 2020 01:36 PM

May he now rest in peace!

Ed Lizard Rosen
Jan 22, 2020 07:26 PM

I am certainly going to miss this guy. Like, who else will cross the street and take care of my cats when I go on holiday? May his memory be a comfort and blessing to all that know him.

Kip Williams
Jan 22, 2020 08:35 PM

Steve always gave me a boost and made me like my own work better. He was fun to hang with, and I was always proud to think of him as a friend. He is sorely missed.

ps: I can't post this without telling the nice computer than I am not a robot. A fitting coda for Steve's fine sense of the absurd.

John T. Sapienza, Jr.
Jan 22, 2020 09:01 PM

I'd known Steve as part of WSFA for over 30 years. He was always kind, gentle, and amusing, and I will miss him.

Suzanne Cooper
Jan 22, 2020 10:10 PM

Dear Elaine: My deepest condolences. Steve was such a great guy! Sci-fi conventions, Halloween, New Years Eve, 4th of July, as well as watching scary movies and silly cartoons won't be nearly as much fun without him! I will always miss him.

joyce scrivner
Jan 22, 2020 10:31 PM

Such a kind and generous man. Always with a smile and joy. I will miss him on line and in person. My thoughts with you and your family Elaine.

Kees van Toorn
Jan 23, 2020 04:21 AM

Another gentle giant bites the dust - he will be missed by many in the community. Ad Astra, Stephen and see you on the other side.

Sylvia Starshine
Jan 23, 2020 06:09 AM

Fond memories of Steve. Cannot think of him with sadness, he was such a joyful soul.

Janet Zachary Brown
Jan 23, 2020 08:40 AM

Elaine, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I hope with the comfort of friends and family and his memory you will find peace.

Kyle R. Glenn
Jan 23, 2020 01:23 PM

Dear Elaine, I am so sorry to hear about Steve's passing. I'll always treasure the time I spent working with him at Daedalus and all of his funny stories. I will remember him well!

Jo Ann Windman (BHC)
Jan 23, 2020 01:34 PM

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation clergy, lay leaders and congregants offer their condolences to the family of Stephen Stiles. We hope that you are comforted by warm memories and support of family, friends, and community. May Stephen's memory be forever a blessing.

Robert Lichtman
Jan 24, 2020 11:10 AM

Although we lived on opposite coasts and were face-to-face an insufficient number of times over the years, through the miracle of science fiction fandom we were good friends from late 1959 -- and carried on an extensive correspondence. He also provided me with lots of custom artwork over the years for my fanzine and was in every way a total mensch. My wife and I are missing him so much.

Caryl Lynn Crook
Feb 4, 2020 06:44 PM

Steve was one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure to know, he will surely be missed. Love and support to Elaine during this most difficult time.

Lee Smoire
Feb 8, 2020 03:16 AM

Dear Elaine in particular, as well any family that might see this, and all of his fans & friends, which I'd include myself [in]. I've had some serious problems on & off (more off) since the 23rd of December until earlier this week - had to have 3 technicians come t the house and piddle around and each of the first two times, it stated working again and within a day or two stopped again. I had no internet cnx when it was off, no email I could download, etc Lots of catching up with business stuff first, then slowly, personal.

I think I knew Steve since I was still in NY (pre-1973?) mostly from Cons & mutual friends. Got to know him better after we had both (independently of each other) moved to Baltimore. I had lived in the Memorial Stadium area for a number of years also. I must have seen him (and you) at BSFS/WSFA & cons and occasionally at your house.

I always knew him as a gentle soul, overall. Nice man & friend. Keen, bright & talented comic & faanish artist, where he generously shared his skills.

Of course, after moving to Australia, my contact with friends 'back home' fell off quite a bit, as I never enjoyed writing long letters frequently (including email) and life sort of kept on coming. I am SO sorry I wasn't able to contribute any substantive support over the years, but am really glad that I was able to catch up him, albeit briefly, not long before I returned to Perth on my 2014 trip back. I became aware of his illness relatively late in the picture, and the last time I heard news, it was a somewhat hopeful few lines; then the last time, the more serious email. I don't generally pray or meditate for anyone, but I did both then, and regret that the powers that be must of considered it a bit late overall ....
Please accept a hug or 3 and a kiss on both face cheeks and know that I believe the world is a bit lessened by his passing.


Stephen Willis Stiles

Stephen Willis Stiles of Randallstown, MD, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Stiles (nee Mandell), brother Randy (Barbara) Stiles, also survived by other loving family and many dear friends. He is predeceased by his parents Norma and Irvin Stiles and brother, Jeff Stiles.

Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Friday, January 24, at 12pm. Interment Maryland Veterans Cemetery - Crownsville, MD.

Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Beit Tikvah, 5802 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210 or WTMD 1 Olympic Place, Suite 100 Towson, MD 21204 The National Association of Independent Artists.

In mourning at 8631 Lucerne Road, Randallstown, MD 21133. Saturday 7-9pm, Sunday 2-5pm and Monday 2-5pm.

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