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Stephen Anthony Firestone1,2

Male
b. 4 September 1947, d. 19 April 2004


Father Clinton Dewitt Firestone Jr.1 b. 1 September 1919, d. May 1970
Mother Mary Virginia Unknown1 b. circa 1920
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Family Magda Unknown b. circa 1948
Marriage* 1999  Principal=Magda Unknown2,1 

Birth* 4 September 1947  Cook Co., IL1,3 
Marriage* 1999  Principal=Magda Unknown2,1 
SSN* 19 April 2004  Stephen A FIRESTONE
Birth Date: 4 Sep 1947
Death Date: 19 Apr 2004
Social Security Number: 278-44-4235
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Ohio3 
Death* 19 April 2004  Akron, Summit Co., OH1,3 
News/Obit 22 April 2004  Firestone Family Cemetery,
Stephen Anthony Firestone

Stephen Anthony Firestone, 56, went to meet his Savior on April 19, 2004.



An Akron native, Steve was a graduate of Hoban High School and Akron University. He was a commodities broker for Rosenthal and Collins Group of Chicago but, as a minister of the Gospel, he was co-founder of Firestone Ministries. He was a man devoted to his wife and friends, who was in love with God and in love with life. He brought many people to know the Lord and become filled with the Holy Spirit, counting as many his spiritual children. Steve worshipped at the Greater Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Pastor C.L. Jackson. He lived his deep and abiding faith and loved to share his love of the Lord, and could talk for hours about his walk with Jesus and his life with the Holy Spirit. He brought joy to all his friends and family, who will miss his friendship and his love. He possessed a great and generous heart and the light of the Holy Spirit shone through him. All who knew him, loved him.



He was very devoted to his wife, Magda, who survives him along with his siblings, Suzanne Firestone Peika, Clinton DeWitt Firestone III, Mary Beth Firestone Ineich (Tim), Joseph Amor Firestone (Kathleen), Benjamin John Firestone (Mary Ellen); uncles and aunts, Richard Firestone, John (Irene) Firestone, Richard "Dick" Bader, who was his godfather and the best man at his marriage to Magda, John (Bobbie) Bader, Eileen Wise; great-aunt, Dolly Simmons; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roman and Emma Pena; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Emma Pena-Chavez (Edgar), Dr. Roman Pena (Maritz), Frances Pena-Rice (Franke); many beloved nephews, nieces, and cousins.



Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 TONIGHT at the Dunn-Quigley, Ciriello & Carr Fairlawn Chapel (39 S. Miller Rd.), and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. Ashworth Church of God in Christ (1086 V. Odom Blvd.), where Pastor C.L. Jackson will officiate at services at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Firestone family cemetery in Columbiana.



In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Firestone Ministries International (1170 W. Exchange St., Akron, Ohio 44313).



Fairlawn, 330-867-7306





Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal on 22 Apr 2004


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News/Obit* 22 April 2004  Obituary,
FIRESTONE, STEPHEN A.

Stephen A. Firestone, 56, went to meet his Savior on April 19, 2004. An Akron native, formerly of Chicago, he was a commodities broker for Rosenthal and Collins Grp., but as a minister of the Gospel, he was co-founder of Firestone Ministries. His survivors include wife Magda; siblings, Suzanne Peika, Clinton Firestone III, Mary Ineich (Tim), Joseph Firestone (Kathleen), Benjamin Firestone (Mary Ellen); as well as many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Dunn Quigley Ciriello & Carr Fairlawn Chapel and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Ashworth Church of God in Christ in Akron where Pastor C.L. Jackson will officiate at services at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Firestone family cemetery in Columbiana, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Firestone Ministries International, 1170 W. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44313. Dunn Quigley Ciriello & Carr, 330-867-7306 .




Appeared in the Chicago Tribune (IL) - April 22, 2004


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Burial* 23 April 2004  Firestone Family Cemetery, Fairfield Twp., Columbiana Co., OH2,1 
News/Obit 24 April 2004  News Item,
Firestone relative put faith at forefront of life

Stephen Firestone, 56, returned to Akron as missionary evangelist

By Marilyn Miller

Beacon Journal staff writer

Stephen Firestone had a keen sense of business and a pedigree name. But his life wasn't about money. It was about faith.



He and his wife, both missionary evangelists, established Firestone Ministries in October 2000 and reached out to people in the community.



``He spent 29 years as a commodities broker and was very good at it,'' said his wife, Magda. ``But his success in life was how he treated people. He was honest, giving and very loving. His heart was in ministry.''



Mr. Firestone died of a heart attack at his home in Akron on Monday. He was 56.



Services were held Friday. He was buried at the Firestone family cemetery in Columbiana. Mr. Firestone's great-grandfather was the brother of Harvey S. Firestone, who founded Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron.



Stephen Firestone was an Akron native and a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School and the University of Akron.



His wife said the couple met in Chicago at a birthday party for his twin brothers almost eight years ago.



``For the next two and a half years, we became good friends spiritually. He was so lighthearted. He always made me smile. Then one day he asked to kiss me, and five weeks later we were married.''



She said they came to Akron on a Harley-Davidson, stayed at a bed-and-breakfast on West Exchange Street -- then ended up buying the property and setting up their outreach ministry there.



``He was gifted in the kitchen. That was part of his ministry, too, fixing a meal for the elderly or helping them with a utility bill,'' his wife said. ``Stephen loved to cook. His specialty was a delicious lamb or steaks.''



Mr. Firestone touched many lives.



``If you want to know what's going on in a person's life, just look at the people he associates with and his surroundings. He was blessed with many friends and acquaintances, and practically lived at church,'' said his brother, Benjamin Firestone. ``He lived with me for two and a half years (in Chicago), and you could see how his life progressed. You could see how God had changed his life.''



Benjamin's twin brother, Joseph, said Steve was a man of prayer.



``He was a fun guy, full of life. He hungered and thirsted for righteousness. He was an inspiration and good example to all of us. He didn't pretend; he was genuine. He didn't judge people, and he was colorblind.''



Mr. Firestone and his wife were the only white members of a predominantly black church, Greater Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ.



``He fell in love with the people,'' his wife said. ``He said God is not into race or the color of one's skin. We felt comfortable there.''



Neighbors Michael and Ronda Payne invited Stephen Firestone and his wife to their church a few years ago, and the Firestones became fixtures.



``We would take walks and talks in the neighborhood,'' Michael Payne said. ``He was in excellent physical condition. He could walk five miles and wouldn't even breathe hard. He was a true friend and true brother.''



People attributed his quickness to his days as a carhop at Swenson's.



Mr. Firestone was known for his practical jokes and his quick wit.



``He always offered words of encouragement,'' Ronda Payne said. ``He knew so much about business and was such an honest person that when I asked him to be on an advisory board, he agreed -- but only on the condition that he really could give advice. He would always catch you off guard.''



Betty Butts, whose husband, Lemon, founded the church, recalled how she and the Firestone couple shared Thanksgiving dinner at her home.



``My sister answered the door, and I heard her say, `I think you must have the wrong house.' I interrupted and assured her they were in the right place,'' Butts said. ``We had such a good time. He just loved people, and you felt that love.''



Family members said he was a beautiful person inside and out, a devoted husband and amazing uncle who had a kind heart and a tremendous positive impact. They remember laughs and tears of joy.



Mr. Firestone's oldest brother, Clinton Firestone III, said his brother traveled all over the world to find himself back in Ohio, where he was truly appreciated.



``Steve's wife, Magda, took his hand in marriage five years ago and put him on the path to heaven, and his pastor, Clarence L. Jackson Sr., gave him the torch to get there,'' said Clinton.




Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal, Posted on 24 Apr 2004


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