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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Steven Louis Gressani, 56, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., passed away on Dec. 13, 2012.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Steve also lived and worked in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Burlington, Vt., San Jose, Calif., Portland, and Dresden, Germany.
Steve was an expert photolithography engineer with more than 33 years experience. His long tenure in this industry included assignments at IBM in East Fishkill, N.Y., where he was a development engineer, and at IBM in Essex Junction, Vt., where he was a technical program manager. In addition, he was principal engineer at National Semiconductor at Santa Clara, Calif., and equipment engineering manager in South Portland, and a member of the technical staff at Global Foundries in Dresden, Germany and Malta, N.Y. Most recently, he was a G450C equipment engineer at the University at Albany, N.Y., College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
Steve, a Six Sigma Green Belt, completed graduate studies in material science at Rutgers University and held a bachelor's of science degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University.
Steve was the most wonderful father, loving son, thoughtful brother, fun uncle, and genuine friend. He was exuberant about life, loved to dance, listen to music, and take long walks on the beach or in the woods, especially with his daughter Kelsey and his dog Jewel. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, scuba diving, 'deer hunting' ('falling asleep against a big rock waiting for the sunrise in the freezing cold'), and traveling. Steve touched the lives of so many people, who not only became his good friends, but his family as well.
Steve is survived by his daughter, Kelsey Gressani; his mother, Patricia Gebhardt, his father, Humbert Gressani; his step-father, Wesley Gebhardt, his step-mother, Anne Marie Gressani; his sister, Cheryl Gressani (Randall Korman), brothers, James Gebhardt (Beth Gebhardt) and Scott Gebhardt (Patty Gebhardt); nephews and nieces, Alexander Korman, Emily, Grace, Jack, Grant and Christian Gebhardt; and many cousins.
Family and friends are invited to Holy Cross Church, 4600 East Genesee St., DeWitt, N.Y., on Dec. 20, at 9 a.m., to pay their respects. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. A reception and luncheon will be held immediately thereafter in the church's Yeazel Hall. Burial will be next summer. Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel are handling the funeral arrangements (315-446-5500).
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Steve's memory may be given to:
The Preble Street Resource Center
where Steve was a volunteer cook
P.O. Box 1459
Portland, Maine 04104
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 18, 2012