Stephen "Steve" Molinari
Stephen Peter Molinari was born August 13, 1931 in Medford, Massachusetts to Stephen Sr. and Mary Ellen (Riordan) Molinari.
Steve graduated from Medford High School in 1949. He then played professional baseball from the spring of 1949 through the summer of 1957 with two years off to join the Army. Steve was in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey from October 1952 to 1954.
In the spring of 1955 he met his wife, Janice Wittmeier, in Aberdeen, South Dakota while playing baseball with the Aberdeen Pheasants in the Northern League.
Steve and Janice were married on June 21, 1956 in Victoria, Texas while he was playing baseball there. They lived the remaining summer months in Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico while he played with the Mexican League. In September of 1956, they moved to Malden, Massachusetts and the following spring to Williston, ND where they have since resided.
Steve was employed with the Williston Police Department from October, 1957 to August, 1996 where he attained the rank of Captain. He also umpired American Legion baseball games and tournaments.
Steve and Janice are members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Steve had been a Eucharistic Minister for the church for 25 years. He also was a promoter of Mother of Perpetual Help devotions, First Saturday devotions and Eucharistic Adoration.
Surviving Stephen is his wife, Janice; daughters, Roxane Molinari of Maplewood, MN and Stephanie (Timothy) Deziel of Eau Claire, WI; sons, Charles (Kathleen) of Zimmerman, MN and Douglas (Trisha) of St. Bonifacius, MN; nine grandchildren, Laura, John, James, Sarah, Joshua, David, Matthew, Nicholas and Ryan; mother-in-law, Nettie Wittmeier; sister-in-law, Ruby and her husband, Bruce Haugen, and a brother-in-law, Ken Wittmeier.
Stephen was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul and Dan Molinari; and two infant sons, James and Michael; and father-in-law, Edwin Wittmeier.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. Joseph’s Educational Foundation, PO Box K, Williston, ND 58802.
The Everson Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.