HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Stefan “Steve” Moser of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, passed away under hospice care at 4:42 p.m., Thursday, May 20, 2021, in his home. He was 87 years young.
Steve was born October 18, 1933, in Gakowa, Yugoslavia, where his extraordinary life began.
During WWII, at the age of 11, he was a POW for four years in a concentration camp in Gakowa.
He was educated in Europe, where he was also a professional soccer player and emigrated to the United States in 1956.
Steve was a graduate of Penn State University, where he earned a degree in Ferrous Metallurgy.
He was employed for 38 years at Sharon Steels former Farrell plant as a metallurgical observer before retiring in 1991.
Although Steve continued playing soccer in the United States, he ultimately converted to football which became his passion and legacy. He was a kicker for 39 years in the semi-pro football league and played for the United States All-Star team. Steve played in 21 all-pro football games at the Casino Bowl in Las Vegas, five games in Hawaii and many other games throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. At one time, he was featured on a televised ESPN special as the oldest active kicker in the world and went on to play for many more years after the segment aired. He was inducted into the Minor-Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
Steve also coached many student kickers and punters and loved to share his passion and experience with kids on local football teams. He made a lasting impact on young athletes and many of his students went on to play college football and several in the NFL. His favorite halftime performance was kicking ten field goals in ten seconds.
Steve also enjoyed restoring classic Mercedes Benzes, one of which is now in a museum in Europe. He loved traveling throughout the world with his wife, Kathleen and dear friends.
Surviving is his loving wife of 48 years, the former Kathleen Coan, whom he married July 6, 1974; a son, Stefan “Steve” J. Moser and his wife, Linda, of Hubbard, Ohio; a daughter, Elizabeth “Liezl” Craig and her husband, Art, of Freedom, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Jocelyn, Anthony and Stefan; two great-grandchildren, Maryalice, Madalyn and a sister, Maria Walter and her husband, Alois, of Austria.
Besides his parents, Steve was preceded in death by two brothers, Martin of Germany and Tony of Austria.
Steve will be remembered by many for his pleasant demeanor and the kindness he displayed toward his fellow man.
The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to St. Anthony’s Church, 804 Idaho Street, Sharon, PA 16146 or to Sharon Regional Health System Hospice, 100 North Keel Ridge Road, Suite 102-A, Hermitage, PA 16148.
Calling hours will be from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 24, 2021, in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State Street, Sharon.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in St. Anthony’s Church, Sharon, with Reverend Matthew Ruyechan, pastor, as celebrant. Steve’s brother-in-law, Deacon Denis Coan, will be co-celebrant.
A television tribute will air Monday, May 24 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.