Steven A. Kolberg
Steven Anthony Kolberg 28, of Walnut Road North Kingstown, Rhode Island formerly of Brooklyn, and Trumansburg, New York died quietly at home on June 28, 2015 of acute leukemia. He was the beloved son of Irene Kolberg of North Kingstown, Rhode Island and William Kolberg of Trumansburg, New York and the brother and best friend of Micki Kolberg of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also survived by his brother- in-law Kevin Martin, his stepmother, Melissa Hamilton Kolberg and an extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues. He was the Director of Energy Analysts for Bright Power Inc. in New York City. Steven was born in Kyonggi-do, South Korea on February 15,1987 and was adopted into the Kolberg family on August 25, 1987. He grew up in Trumansburg, New York where he developed close and lasting friendships. He graduated from Charles O. Dickerson High School in 2005 and from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where he earned a dual major Bachelors Degree in Government and Environmental Studies and a minor in Biology while being an active member of the Bowdoin Outing Club and Bowdoin Organic Gardens. After graduation he joined the Bright Power team as an intern and was rapidly promoted over the next five years to Director of Energy Analysts where he led a team responsible for evaluating energy use by large scale building and management firms. He was a principle author of a study evaluating the nationwide HUD Green Retrofit Program. Although Steven lived a short life, he will be remembered as an avid soccer player, runner, cyclist, gardener, telemark skier, mentor, wit and friend. Calling Hours will be held on Sunday July 5, 2015 from 3:00-6:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, Rhode Island. Per Steven’s wishes, a bonfire celebration of his life will be held in Trumansburg at a later date. The family would like to express deep gratitude to the multiple caregivers of NYU Langone Center, The Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital who held us in their healing hands for 16 months.!
Please consider a donation in Steven’s honor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, The Miriam Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute or an environmental agency of your choice.
Jack Roscoe - 06/29/2015
I am so sorry you have lost your beautiful son. You are in our hearts Irene.
Suzanne Anderson - 06/29/2015
There is no love greater, and no loss greater, than what you have experienced, Irene. How fortunate for both you and Steven that you had such close time together in the past year while Steven bravely underwent his extensive treatment. So many have followed the two of you through this, and we are here for you now, Irene, in the difficult months ahead. Please call on us if you need to! Lots of love and great sympathy.
The Hamiltons - 06/29/2015
Our hearts and thoughts go out to Bill, Micki,and Irene, and we grieve with them.
Sue Brower - 06/29/2015
Oh, my - so, so heartbroken for you all. I totally remember when he arrived in T-burg as a little guy, when I was a pretty new nurse. My niece and nephew (loves of my life) were each the same ages as Micki and Steven, so I have always thought of them growing up, even though I haven't seen either in so long. I can't imagine what you have all been through, but I do know that no doubt he knew how adored he was, so blessed to have so many loving people in his life. You are all in my prayers.
Evelyn Kalish - 06/30/2015
I am so grateful for the time that I got to spend with Irene and Steven (and Micki through the virtual world) in the past year - I learned so much about facing death with dignity and honesty. What an amazing family, and what a huge loss to us all. I also feel for Bill, and how difficult this must be for him. Steven inspired such love in so many people, even as a kid and grew into such a lovely man. You are all in my heart.
Dan and Monica Pritchard - 06/30/2015
Every day you shared is a blessing. Our condolences and prayers of healing and peace go out to all of you. God led you to it. He will lead you through it. Steven is now at peace and we are all better for knowing him.
Judy Roberts - 06/30/2015
I am so sorry for your tragic loss. May you find some peace in your memories of this wonderful life.
Sue Fritts and Peter Penniman - 06/30/2015
We are so deeply sorry for your loss of such an endearing son, brother, and friend. As he is forever 5 or 6 in my mind's eye, it has been a joy to learn about the man he had become and to get a sense of his personality from his writing. How beautiful it is that he had you all with him on this difficult journey. We wish you love, peace, and strength. May he always be with in spirit and memory.
Jared Smith and Family - 06/30/2015
Steve will be deeply missed by the Trumansburg community, especially his graduating Class of 2005 and the Class of 2004 (my class), whom he shared a lot of laughs and good times with.
Although I was not a close friend of Steve, he impacted my life in a very positive way as we shared many laughs together on the schools bus and, as we got older, enjoyed catching up with each other each year at Grassroots.
Thanks again for the laughs Steven. You will be missed.
Louise Cannon and family - 06/30/2015
Here in Trumansburg, on the day Steve died, we awoke to the gloomiest day I can remember, with dense, low, gray clouds and spells of torrential rain. When I heard the news, I thought to myself that I should have known Steve had passed from the way the heavens wept throughout the day for such a tragic loss. Steve’s courage and fortitude throughout the travails of his illness will always remain an inspiration to those who knew and loved him. May the memories of your extraordinary time together these past few years and throughout his short life bring you peace, Irene, Bill, and Micki.
John and Chris Delaney - 06/30/2015
We are so saddened by this tragic loss. Steven always had a smile and friendly hello for all. A bright ray of sunshine to all he came in contact with! I can never come up with the right words to express my feelings in such times but one thing I'm confident in, because of my faith, is that he is in a better place, smiling down and saying not to worry about him as we'll all join him eventually for eternity. Dear Irene, Bill and Micki, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Doris Robinson - 06/30/2015
I am so sorry to hear of your loss of such a wonderful son. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Maureen and Neil Shallish - 06/30/2015
We send this verse again.....knowing he has made his way to the glorious heavens.
Our hearts ache for all of Steven's family and friends for your loss.
The Little Ship
I stood watching as the little ship sailed out to sea. The setting sun tinted his white sails with a golden light, and as he disappeared from sight a voice at my side whispered, “He is gone”.
But the sea was a narrow one. On the farther shore a little band of friends had gathered to watch and wait in happy expectation. Suddenly they caught sight of the tiny sail and, at the very moment when my companion had whispered, “He is gone” a glad shout went up in joyous welcome, “Here he comes!”
And this week when the skies light up with fireworks we will know it is Steven lighting up his new world, just as he did here on earth.
Kat Lynch - 06/30/2015
Irene, I hold you and Micki in my heart. I know yours must be broken. I will always remember the joy on your face when you spoke of Steven finding his way through life. I am so sorry for your loss. With love, Kat
Susan Perkins - 07/01/2015
Irene, Bill, Micki, Melissa and Kevin. Though the miles and years have separated us I have good memories of our shared days in Trumansburg. Steven was a special boy and it is clear he was an amazing young man. My heart aches for you all, with love
David McKeith offers this thought: - 07/02/2015
They Walk Softly
by Hugh Robert Orr
They are not gone who pass
Beyond the clasp of hand,
Out from the strong embrace.
They are but come so close
We need not grope with hands,
Nor look to see, nor try
To catch the sound of feet.
They have put off their shoes
Softly to walk by day
Within our thoughts, to tread
At night our dream-led paths
They are not dead who live
In hearts they leave behind.
In those whom they have blessed
They live a life again,
And shall live through the years
Eternal life, and grow
Each day more beautiful
As time declares their good,
Forgets the rest, and proves
Eva Mae Musgrave - 07/04/2015
I am so sad. I will miss his friendly hugs and welcomes every time we met. He and his sister were always so special to Frank and I ever since they were part of our circle. He is now with Frank and they are in a better place. My prayers are with you.
Roger and Suzanne Hinderliter - 07/04/2015
Steven's passing is such a tragedy.He was so young and bright, and with such a positive outlook on life. We deeply mourn his loss along with his family.
Laurel Mangelinkx - 07/22/2015
I'll never forget the strength and resilience I saw in Steven and his family. My thoughts are with you all.