Steven Swirczek, born October 20, 1955, passed away on December 22, 2016 in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, after a 2 year battle with cancer. He is survived by his mother Dolores, his three brothers Dave, Jim (Mary), and Tom, his loving nieces and nephews, and a host of dear friends all over the world. His devoted family and friends kept constant vigil by his bedside. Steve touched many lives both in Omaha and in NYC, the city he also called home. As fashion manager for Windows at Saks Fifth Avenue for over 30 years, his creative genius was evident to his co-workers and to the throngs of passers-by who enjoyed the windows. In addition, Steve was an avid theatre goer, artist, singer, dancer, and choreographer. His talent had no bounds. He was also an expert hair stylist and bartender. His margaritas were famous. We will miss his warm heart and his larger than life persona. Plans for a memorial in NYC are in the works, to be held in late spring. Check for updates regarding the memorial at: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/steveswirczek
Rest in peace dear friend.
Kate Schrader: Steve Swirczek was a member of the Omaha theatre community for many years before moving to New York. He began his stage career while still at South High under the tutelage of Jim Eisenhardt. He performed on many stages in the Omaha area including the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Firehouse Dinner Theatre, the Upstairs Dinner Theatre, Chanticleer Theatre and Creighton University. An amazing dancer with a beautiful tenor voice, Steve was also an inventive choreographer and visual artist. He had a wicked sense of humor and a zest for life that was contagious. Any production that he was involved in was that much better because he was part of it. Though it has been many years since he lived and performed here, Steve’s spirit will live on in the hearts and memories of those of us lucky to have performed with him. Those of us who called him friend were doubly blessed.
From James W. Eisenhardt: I directed him as a high school student. Steve went on to work with me as a scenic artist and costumer and I hired him for his first job as a choreographer. His windows at Saks 5th Avenue were always spectacular works of art. It was difficult to go in and say goodbye. His is a tremendous spirit.