December 7 1954 October 22 2022
Obituary Cherry Hill, New Jersey It is with deep sadness to report that Stephen E. Wheeler (aka “Wheels”), of Cherry Hill, NJ, has passed away in his sleep during the weekend of Oct. 22, 2022. Many hearts have been broken upon this news, as these hearts were recipients of his caring, kind and loving nature. Survivors include his brothers Jason Wheeler (Palm Bay, FL), Christian Wheeler (Pompano Beach, FL) and Leslie Wheeler (Johnsonville, NY). Steve is also survived by his loving Aunt Norma Fletcher (Troy, NY) and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he is also predeceased by his brother Jeffrey Wheeler. Steve was born December 7th in 1954 and was the son of the late Evelyn and Jason Wheeler of Schaghticoke. He grew up on a farm in Schaghticoke where him and his elder brothers entertained themselves with field cars, working on cars and just country fun. As a young teen, Steve and his older brothers formed a local rock band, The Essentials, honed their unique sound with harmonies and became very popular in the local area, playing school dances, bars and weddings. At age 14 he was playing bars with a fake ID from his manager and sang on two records recorded in the studio, of which at least one song written by him. The band eventually won the East Coast Battle of the Bands competition. Many times after playing and arriving home late, Steve would pick up his sleeping little brother Les (who waited up for him while falling asleep in the recliner), carry him upstairs and tuck him into bed. In 1971, both of Steve’s bandmate brothers left the band, two new members were hired and the band was renamed Jasper. Jasper continued to play in the local area until the mid 1970’s, when the band relocated to the Southern NJ Tri-State area. Steve married his HS sweetheart, Lynne Mosso, and resided in Cherry Hill, NJ. Though they parted ways a few years later, they always held a fondness in their hearts for each other. Steve continued as a musician in Jasper and became a full time employee of Del Crest Medical in Cherry Hill, where he worked for thirty years. Steve was an SAL and Legion Rider as a member of the American Legion Post #372 for years. Throughout his life he always put other people’s (friends, neighbors, strangers) needs first with no regard for his own with a kind smile. He never realized the true extent of his raw, natural, musical talent and was loved by so many people for his compassion and unwavering desire to help others. Steve was a one of a kind soul who left his unique impression on anyone who was fortunate to meet him. He will be dearly missed. Calling hours will be from 11:00am-1:00pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at the Chase-Smith Family Funeral Homes, 173 Main Street, Schaghticoke. A service will be conducted at 1:00pm in the funeral home with burial in the family plot in Elmwood Cemetery. Online remembrances may be made at www.chasesmithfamily.com To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Stephen E. Wheeler, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial Donation
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Stephen E Wheeler December 7 1954 October 22 2022.
Death notice for the town of: Mechanicville, state: New York