Steven R. Zeldenrust, age 56, of Rochester, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He found great comfort and encouragement throughout his life from his faith in Christ. Family brought him his greatest enjoyment and fulfillment. Steve was a respected colleague, teacher and lifelong learner.

Steve is survived by his wife of 31 years, Deb (Peterson); sons, Jon (Megan) and Eric (Abbey); grandsons, Theodore and Micah; mother, Joan (Ridder); and sisters, Lauree (Wayne) Pondinas and Mary (John) Rosenbaum. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert, and sister, Pamela.

Steve was born and raised in Indiana. He graduated from Munster High School in 1981 and went on to attend Hope College. He furthered his education at both Purdue University and Indiana University from which he received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He and his family moved to Rochester in 1995 to train and work at Mayo Clinic. Steve was a consultant in the Division of Hematology.

Steve loved spending time outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed traveling, scuba diving and riding his Harley. He was an active member of Autumn Ridge Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Steve Zeldenrust Memorial Fund, which supports a Mayo trained couple working overseas in medical missions. It can be accessed online at: or memorials can be directed to: SIM USA, Memo Line: Steve Zeldenrust Memorial, PO Box 7900, Charlotte, NC 28241-7900.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Autumn Ridge Church. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and one hour prior to the service at the church.

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