Steven William Prahl, age 37, of Streamwood, IL, was called home by his Almighty God on August 23, 2021. He was born May 23, 1984 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, Gregory and Darcel Prahl (née Bensinger).

Steven was a genuinely kind soul who had many friends he loved dearly. He never judged anyone, but accepted them as they were. He loved dogs, too, especially his own, Shelley and Vana (named after his favorite band, Nirvana).

Steven enjoyed simple pleasures such as playing Frisbee golf or fantasy football, watching comedians, and working on cars. He also enjoyed collecting things, and studying history and religion. He had a deep passion for God.

Steven’s family has wonderful memories of time spent with him on vacations and at family events. He was very organized and loved fixing things, and would often help his parents fix things around the house, or help his dad with his cars. A simple pleasure was having a cold beer and a cigar on the patio while hanging out with mom and dad; a frequent topic of conversation was that one day he’d buy a motorcycle so that he and his dad could go on a father-son trip on their bikes.

The true love of Steven’s life was a wonderful young lady named Vanessa Tobey. She passed away in 2010, but he never stopped loving her!

Steven loved with an unequivocal fierceness; his hugs were tight and meaningful every time. Those tight hugs and his big, infectious laugh will be missed by all!

Steven was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Charlie and Gail Prahl; maternal grandmother, Lorraine Cassidy; and uncle, Greg Boller. He is survived by his parents, Gregory and Darcel Prahl; sister, Andrea (Jason) Swiatowiec; nephew, Evan Swiatowiec; grandfathers, George Bensinger, and Mark Cassidy; aunts and uncles, Daryl and Robert Welsch, Martin and Olga Prahl, Deborah Boller, and August Petroschuk; and many beloved cousins and friends.

Visitation will be 10:00am until funeral service at 12:00pm, Friday, September 10, 2021 at Grace Lutheran Church, 780 S. Bartlett Road, Streamwood, IL 60107. Pastor Paul Cutler will be officiating.

Interment will be private.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

7 Replies to “Steven William Prahl”

  1. Such a wonderful son/brother gone to soon. Steven will live on in your hearts forever.
    Hugs to all of you.
    Love Rick and Debra.

  2. My heart is so broken.

  3. Steve,

    I cannot express just how sad your passing has made us all.

    You always made me and everyone else feel so welcome, like you knew us for years and would always be there if anyone needed anything at anytime.

    I actually went to the church thinking the services were today and it was only after I got there that I realized that I got the date wrong.

    I bet Steve is laughing about that one.

    I hope you get to listen to all the Nirvana songs and play with your dogs and see your loved ones.

    Goodbye Steve.

    See you around.

  4. Steven, I just can’t believe you’re gone. I have so many wonderful memories growing up with you and I remember you as a curious and sweet child, and a kind, loving, and understanding adult. I will cherish those memories so much always. Say hi to my brother for me. He would have been sad to hear about your passing. You will be so missed and I promise to always take care of your Andrea just like my sister. Love you always 💔

  5. So very sorry for the loss of Steven. Praying for comfort during this difficult time.

  6. Steven had a huge heart and great love for many. He will be missed sooo much. My heart goes out to you Darcie and Greg. Our kids are not suppose to go before us.
    My boys remember him mostly from my moms funeral when he assisted them as they were all carrying her casket. They were so young. He was so understanding with them and it touched my heart so much.
    I will forever miss those hugs when seeing him at many places.
    Many prayers to you and everyone. I am here if you need anything.
    Love you guys so much 🙏❤

  7. Andrea and family,
    It is always very sad to lose a loved, especially one at a younger age. I am so sorry for your lost and hope you find comfort in know just how many others are feeling the same.. And in sharing all the good memories, Steven will always live on in your hearts and that will help put a smile on your face. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

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