Stephen T. Kotlowski of the Town of Newburgh and Sedona, Arizona, a self-employed Gemologist, sole proprietor of Uniquely K Custom Gem's (1982 to the present) and collaborator of Phenomenal Facets (October 2010 to the present) entered into rest October 20, 2015 in Arizona. He was 62 years old.
The son of the late Thomas Kotlowski and Elizabeth Mae (Dabrowski) Kotlowski, Stephen was born January 5, 1953 in Jersey City, NJ and grew up in Keansburg, NJ.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Liz Massoni) Kotlowski at home, whom he married August 28, 1982 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Croton-on-Hudson, NY; his children Thomas Kotlowski of San Francisco, CA and Catherine Kotlowski of Beacon, NY; his brother Christopher Kotlowski and partner, Jaime Schaeffer of Keansburg, New Jersey; his sister Marie Kotlowski of Howell, NJ and her daughter Rose. He is also survived by his additional close family: Elizabeth Massoni, Deb and Glenn Carlson and their children Erik, Kirsten and Jennifer, Michele and Larry Diulio and their children Gabrielle and Vincent, Elyse and Peter Kretz and their children Bradley and Dylan, and Dan Massoni along with numerous close friends that he considered family. In addition to his parents, Stephen was predeceased by a sister, Eve Kotlowski.
Stephen earned a BS in Geology from Stockton University in NJ (1982) and received a Graduate Gemologist Certification from GIA (1984). He was a member of the GIA Alumni Association, and a charter member of the American Society of Gem Cutters. Due to his exceptional talent as a master cutter he earned many awards: ASG ''Gemmy" (1988), ASG Certified "Supreme Master Gem Cutter (1989), AGTA "Cutting Edge" (1992, 1995, 2008, 2009, and 2010), AGTA "Classic Gem Stones" (2013), AGTA "Phenomenal Gem Stones" (2013), and AGTA "Cutters Choice" (2015). Stephen loved faceting stones, especially the challenge of rare and unusual specimens. He particularly enjoyed sharing his wealth of knowledge and talking "gems" with colleagues at the annual Tucson trade show. He was always willing to educate anyone who wanted to learn about the art of lapidary.
Stephen was a volunteer coach for several of Catherine and Thomas' Town of Newburgh Soccer Teams, as well as a volunteer Scout Leader for Thomas' Boy Scout Troop 327. He had many hobbies over the years beginning with hang gliding, parachuting and long distance bicycling. He faithfully followed INDY and Formula One racing. Stephen was a long time avid fly fisherman, a true outdoorsman who loved nature. He loved taking his kids on outdoor adventures searching for rocks and reptiles, many of which became family pets.
Stephen was a big man with an even bigger heart along with a gentle and loving personality. He was always willing to lend a helping hand along with a big smile and a kind word. Stephen's children and his family were his pride and joy! Stephen touched many and will truly be missed by his loved ones.
A Memorial Mass will take place 11 a.m., Friday, November 27th at Sacred Heart Church, Robinson Ave., Newburgh, NY.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Stephen's memory to the Sierra Club, ICO.