IN MEMORIAM: Plumbers & Pipefitters 101’s Steven “Poppy” Krakosky

Steven “Poppy” Krakosky, a member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 101, died Oct. 30, 2021 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. at age 61.

Brother Krakosky, of Swansea, Ill., had worked as a gas storage field pipefitter for Ameren for more than 37 years. He enjoyed his weekend getaways at Lake Egypt with his family, kids and grandkids. Steve was a member of the Belleville Enduro Team. He was known as “Poppy” to his family and all of his extended family and friends.

Surviving are his loving wife of 42 years, Beth “Nonnie” Krakosky; three children, Stefanie (Brian) Wilson, Adam (Ashley) Krakosky, and Louise (Steve) Bahr; six grandchildren, Abbigale Wilson, Avery Bahr, Landon Krakosky, Brayden Bahr, Brooklyn Krakosky, and Carson Bahr; his father, Charles (Joyce) Krakosky; a sister, Laura (Robert) Niemeyer; a brother, Charlie (Claudia) Krakosky; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce, nee Fietsam, Krakosky.

A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at Catholic War Veterans in Freeburg, Ill. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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