Steve Decker

Steven Decker is a lifetime Chicago area resident, a father, grandfather and a military veteran. Decker grew up as part of a large Sicilian family in the Logan Square neighborhood of the city and attended Lane Tech High School. Shortly after graduation, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served several years as an air traffic controller at a NATO air base in Northern Italy. After the military, Decker went into sales and real estate development. Now retired and living in Aurora, Steve has six grandchildren and enjoys being a part of a large family.

One blessed moment

La Signora Vincenza Tomasello and her five daughters were busy shopping, baking and preparing their home for visitors on a very special day, a truly glorious day. The women were thrilled because it was March 19 — St. Joseph’s Day — but it was so much more than that. The year was 1946, World War II had finally ended and their men were home at last. The Tomasello women were preparing for their annual St. Joseph’s Table, and every detail had to be perfect. Three tiers tall and topped with a statue of San Giuseppe, the table would be laden …

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