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Friday, May 25,2012

Steve Fetsch

Photo Credits: Sullivan/Fetsch Family
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Steve Fetsch, 42, of Athens, Ohio passed away on May 22, 2012 at Grant Medical Center of Columbus.

Steve was a freelance video editor and web designer. He directed and/or co-produced award-winning documentaries, including "A Forest Returns," "Soul of the Woods," and "Ropewalk, A Cordage Engineer's Journey Through History."

Steve grew up in Northport, New York. He graduated from Blair Academy and Colgate University. He and his wife, Kathleen, lived in Boise, Idaho; New York, New York; Toronto, Ontario; and Austin, Texas before settling down in Athens in 2002.

Steve was a founding board member and artistic mentor for the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery. He was involved in numerous productions in theatrical, entertainment and web-based venues in Athens and elsewhere. Steve was a perennially appreciated classroom volunteer and high-octane member of the school play production team at West Elementary School.

Steve's wide-ranging creative energy in digital and material art, and his monumental kindness and generosity toward family, friends and mere passersby, from the elderly to the very young, are treasured memories for the many who will miss his vibrant life force in our community.

Steve is survived by his loving wife and children, Kathleen Sullivan, Harry, and Nora of Athens, Ohio; parents Tom and Mary Fetsch of Richmond Virginia; brother and sister-in law Joe and Valerie Fetsch of Alabama; aunts and uncles Margaret Mushinski of New York, New York; Fred and Betty Mushinski of Bethesda, Maryland; John and Debra Fetsch of Long Island, New York; Gloria Fetsch of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and cousins and nieces and nephews.

Friends are welcomed to a memorial in celebration of Steve's life at 6 pm on Saturday, June 2nd at the Dairy Barn, Dairy Barn Lane, Athens, Ohio. Please bring memories to share in hard copy or at an open mic, or provide advance materials (poems or stories to Emily Prince at Arts/West; photos to Faith Knutsen

Contributions in memory of Steve Fetsch may be made to the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery, P.O. Box 70, The Plains, Ohio, 45780.


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