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February 27, 1944 – November 26, 2023

Steven Bernard Szarke, 79, of Buffalo, MN, passed away on November 26, 2023, at Park View Memory Care Center in Buffalo, MN. He was born in Mankato, MN on February 27, 1944. Steven was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, cousin, and uncle.

Steven was a jovial storyteller who always had a smile on his face and was quick with a joke and a critique. He will be remembered for his welcoming smile, quick wit, and his contagious laugh.

He is survived by his children, Sara (Patrick Andrews) of Hermantown, MN and Shannon (Brandon Benzer) of Duluth, MN. Steven was a loving grandfather to Alison and Quinn Andrews and Finley and Chet Benzer. He is also survived by his siblings, James Szarke (Dianne Rhode), Elizabeth (Donald Skoglund), and John Szarke (Lynn), his former wife, Patricia Szarke, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Steven was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Szarke, and his brothers, Joseph Szarke and Roger Szarke.

Steven attended Buffalo High School and went on to graduate from St. Cloud State University. He then pursued a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, graduating in 1970. Steven had a successful career, serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1971 to 1972. He later opened his own Law Office in January 1972 and practiced until his retirement in 2018.

Steven worshiped at St. Francis Xavier in Buffalo, MN. He was an active member of the church and enjoyed singing in the church choir. He was also involved in the Knights of Columbus and participated in Catholic Archdiocese and Kings House retreats. Steven had a passion for fishing and hunting and was a board member and co-founder of Functional Industries. He loved to travel and was known for his sense of humor and storytelling.



Tuesday, December 5, 2023

beginning at 9:30 A.M. until time of Mass


Mass of Christian Burial:

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

11:00 A.M.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Buffalo, MN


St. Francis Cemetery

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Faye & Dave Vorgert

    Rest in peace Steve. He was a wonderful guy. Our sincere sympathies to his family.

  2. Trudy Andrews

    Sara, Shannon & families, What a beautiful obituary very well written!! My thoughts & prayers are with you all!! I feel so blessed to have you all in our family!! Love You!!

  3. Patrick Trueman

    I’m praying for you, Steve, and for your family. Enjoyed being mentored by you in the law and the many good times together, not to mention a million laughs. You were a good friend.

  4. Johann Wahl

    As an German exchange-student in 1961 Steve and I were playing in the football-team at Buffalo High School. In 2006 my wife and I visited him in Buffalo in his office and we talked about the past.

    I remember him as very witty und unconventionel. In my yearbook he wrote my name as Yohan pretending he could not spell Johann.
    I mourne Steve and my deep feelings are with his family.

  5. Gail Schmit

    My sincere condolences to Steve’s family. He was a wonderful human. May your family find peace in your memories.

  6. Shelley Berthiaume

    I remember Steve well. He was a friend of dad’s ( Phil Brown) and my Grandpa Bill’s. He always had a smile and took the time to say “hello.”

  7. Pamela Romero

    Dear Sir Steve. First of all, thank you for your professional help when my uncle passed away. (2013) Our family was very grateful. 2nd, I enjoyed getting to know you more as one of my residents at PVCC. I enjoyed dancing, singing, and just cutting up and being silly with you. We had loads of fun as I was your TR person a few evenings a week for a long time. I miss your smile and your sense of humor already. RIP my good buddy!

  8. Cindi Spence

    Peace, love and strength to all who loved Steve.

    Cindi Spence (Matt)


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