A celebrant service for Stephen Joostema will be held on Thursday January 29, 2015 at 6:15pm at the Wm A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Chatham. There will be a visitation from 3pm until the start of the service at 6:15pm.
Stephen passed on January 21st surrounded by life-partner, Steven Brown, his parents, Henry & Claire Joostema,, Sister, Lynn Criswell & her husband, Jeff, brother, Michael Joostema and his wife, Brenda, sister, Ellen Moore, nieces, Molly Criswell, Heather Moore and Britney Joostema, nephews, Jeffrey Criswell and Derrik Joostema.
Stephen was predeceased by grandparents, William & Viola Shaw and Henry & Josephine Joostema.
Stephen was born and raised in Madison. He attended Madison High School where he was active in orchestra, theater productions and concerts. Stephen graduated from Morris County College, then, earned a degree in music from Trenton State College. He taught music privately and music remained an important part of his life. He loved plays, ballet, cabarets and concerts. Attention to detail, creativity and organization skills gleaned from music led him to a successful accounting career at Charmant Eye-wear.
In 1989, Stephen and his partner began breeding and showing Persian cats, leading Stephen to a part-time career as a renowned CFA, ACFA judge, both nationally & internationally.
Along with family and many friends, Stephen will be sorely missed by his kitten “Stephen’s Pride & Joy” and his canine companion, Kirby.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to; Mazzoni Center, 809 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or St. Huberts Animal Shelter, 575 Woodland Road, Madison, NJ 07940 are welcomed.