Steven Wardwell

1939 ~ 2019

WARDWELL - Steven Edwin Wardwell, age 79, went to his heavenly home Monday, July 29, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Avis Louise Wardwell. Steven is survived by his wife of 32 years, Susan Wardwell (nee Wilkinson); children, Stephanie Wardwell, Benjamin Burton Wardwell, Gabrial Nicholas (Pamela) Wardwell, Rachel Victoria (Matthew) Gabriele; grandchildren, Morgan Samuel Wardwell-Gaw, Alexander Nicholas Wardwell-Gaw, Hero Elizabeth Wardwell-Gaw, Owen Lennon Wardwell, Ulysses Rea Gabriele; sisters, Jane (Richard) McDonald and Kathleen (David) Kibblehouse. Steven was an ordained minister who served 8 churches for more than 55 years. In addition to pastoring, he was active on Friends of the Library boards, Kiwanis and community choirs in each of the communities. He loved old movies, trivia, and had a passion for music especially opera and Dolly Parton. A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM, Wednesday August 7, 2019 at Pilgrim Manor in the chapel, 2000 Leonard Street NE, Grand Rapids. To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook please visit To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Steven Edwin Wardwell please visit our Sympathy Store.

Cemetery Details

Decker Cemetery
Millbrook, Mecosta County, MI,

Memorial Service

AUG 7. 2:00 PM (EDT)

Pilgrim Manor Chapel

2000 Leonard Street NE

Grand Rapids, MI

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April 28, 2020 8:00pm

"Dearest Susan, We hope this reaches you, nearly 9 months after Steve's passing, and only a day after we came across this sad news. We were reminiscing about our old time friends and their contributions to our garden, wondering if Steve had given us a few of his treasured iris plants. Then we realized we hadn't heard from him in awhile, and hesitantly googled his name. With many tears and deepest sympathy, we send our love to you and your family. Please reach out to us if you can. We will especially be thinking of Steve on May 19th when we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of our wedding in Stonington where we were blessed with his service, company and longtime friendship. Pray this finds you well during this surreal time." Much Love, Antoinette & Richard April 28, 2020

- Antoinette Ledzian

September 02, 2019 8:00pm

Just read of Steve's passing, and sorry to hear. Many memories in Concord MA church. Martha Berglind Burnham

- Martha Burnham

August 16, 2019 8:00pm

To the Family of Steve Wardwell my thoughts and prayers are with you as you remember the life and death of Steve. Mary Ann Kimmel

- Mary Ann R Kimmel

August 13, 2019 8:00pm

To the Family of Steve Wardwell. We at St. Paul Church in Shrewsbury were saddened by the news of Steve's passing. Be assured, we remember your service fondly to the church and rejoice as your family celebrates your life with Steve. Shalom, Pastor Martha Boyer

- Rev, Dr. Martha Boyer

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