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Obituary: Steven D. Ertel

Published  on April 3, 2019

Yesterday evening, a little after 6 pm, we lost Steve.

He was surrounded in those final moments by me, the girls and Elisa. As painful as it was, we all were comforted by being with each other, and being there for him the way he always was for all of us. He never was in any pain and he passed peacefully.

We love and will never forget him.

A memorial service will be held at Temple Shalom of Newton on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:30pm. Memorial observance will be at the Temple immediately following the service until 5:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to any of the organizations that meant so much to Steve and our family.

Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS)

Compassionate Care ALS is a non-profit organization with a mission to support people diagnosed with ALS, their families and communities as they navigate the complexities, both physical and emotional, associated with the disease.

CCALS has provided us with equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, hoyer lift, ramps, stair lift, van rental, etc.), advice, and support, including hooking us up with Elisa, Steve’s incredible full-time aide.

Some recent articles about what CCALS and its founder, Ron Hoffman, do:

Meet Ron Hoffman of Compassionate Care ALS
‘Someone Was Actually There For Me’: Advocate Helps Thousands Suffering From ALS


ERTEL, Steven D. Age 49, of Newton, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Loving husband of Shara (Goldstein) Ertel. Cherished and adored father of Anabella “Bella” and Tess. Devoted son of Jacquelyn (Greenstein) Ertel and the late Howard Ertel. Dear brother of Kevin and Michael Ertel and brother-in-law of Matthew and Jing-Hua Goldstein, Paula and Donna Ertel. Loving uncle of Jessica, Alexander, Sophia, Phoebe, Benjamin, Ian, Mikka and Bertrand.

A graduate of Duke University and the Wharton School of Business, Steve spent more than two decades as a successful executive in the biotechnology industry. A leader in the industry, a cherished friend and mentor to countless colleagues, Steve devoted his career to leading efforts to bring important new medicines to people suffering from debilitating illnesses. Steve was a reliable friend and trusted advisor, competitive tennis player and running partner, and ardent Duke basketball fan. But family always came first for him. He shared his passions of skiing and travel with his daughters and loved nothing more than coaching their youth soccer teams when they were young and, more recently, proudly watching them compete on the high school fields and track.

A memorial service will be held at Temple Shalom, 175 Temple Street, Newton on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:30pm. Memorial observance will be at the Temple immediately following the service until 5:00pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574 with Steven Ertel as the “honoree’s name.”

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