Stephen Martin Andrew Skvarenina

Stephen Martin Andrew Skvarenina

Stephen was the son of Julius Skvarenina and Anna Novak Skvarenina.  He was born in Chicago, IL on October 2, 1921.  He always said his two middle names were in honor of two of his father's brothers.

Steve graduated from St. Michael's High School on North Cleveland Street in Chicago

Steve at First Communion 1929 and High School Graduation 1939


He served as a secretary to the head of the Mundelein Catholic Seminary after graduation and then worked as a draftsman for Johns-Manville.  In 1943 he joined the Army Air Force, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and attended navigator school.

2nd Lt. Stephen Skvarenina "at ease"

In 1944, he was assigned to a base in England and on March 18, 1944 he was shot down on his first mission over Germany.  He navigated the plane to Switzerland, where he was interred until 1945.  (Newspaper clipping indicating he was missing-about 450 KB)

Steve kept a running log of where he went from the time he joined the AAF until he returned to England.  Click here

Following the war, he was assigned to Vance AFB in Enid, Oklahoma where he met his wife, who is living.  They were married hastily on October 22, 1946 after the base was closed and he was reassigned to Westover AFB in Massachusetts. 

Following a delay in route for his honeymoon, he arrived at Westover but did not have a billet, so he was released from active duty in December 1946.

Steve became a TV/radio repairman in Chicago, first working for others and then for himself.  Eventually, he became employed as a sound man on NBC news crews both in Chicago and for the national network.

Steve and the Champ and Steve and his favorite cameraman Charlie

Steve's Press Pass

Steve died in Western Springs, IL on September 22, 1993 after a valiant battle against colon cancer.  (death certificate).  He is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, four grandsons, and two granddaughters.