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Steven R. Brodaczynski

1952 - 1970



 Tri-City Herald  1/20/1970

 A Richland youth, Steven R. Brodaczynski, 17, died Monday near Spokane when the toboggan on which he was sledding collided with a slow moving auto.

Brodaczynski was a high-school senior at Mater Cleri Catholic Seminary at Colbert, 17 miles north of Spokane.

            His parents, Mr. And Mrs. Raymond R. Brodaczynski, 204 Armistead St., Richland, say little is known yet about the accident, but apparently, the toboggan slid broadside into the auto during a supervised outing.  The incident occurred near the seminary.   A companion at the school was hospitalized in Spokane with Injuries.

            Brodaczynski was born Sept. 4, 1952 in Pasco.  He received his education at Christ the King School, Richland, and St. Peter the Apostle School at Cowiche near Yakima.

Survivors include his parents; sisters, Margaret and Carol; brother Gregory, all Richland; Maternal grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. C.M. Deschane, Spokane, and maternal grandfather, Edwin Brodaczynski.

The funeral mass is tentatively set for 11 a.m. Friday at Christ the King Church, with the Most Rev. Cornelius M. Power, D.D., Bishop of Yakima, officiating.  Rosary has not been set, but is expected to be Thursday night at Einanís Desert Memorial Chapel.



Spokane Daily Chronicle Jan. 19, 1970

An 18 year-old youth was pronounced dead on arrival at Holy Family Hospital this afternoon after a sled on which he was riding was in a collision with a car near Colert, State Trooper Otto H. Krouse said.

The dead youth was identified as Steven R. Brodaczynski, 18, Richland, a seminarian at Mater Cleri Seminary.  

Holy Family Hospital attendants  said a second youth on the sled George E. Donald (Should read Eugene D. George), 15, Route 1, Kamiah, Idaho  suffered a head cut, rib and back injuries and was reported in serious condition.  He is a seminarian at Mater Cleri.

Krouse said the matter was still under investigation and would not disclose the name of the driver of the car involved.

The accident happened near Burnhill Road in the Colbert area and the trooper said the youths were sledding on a hill and the sled came out onto the road.



The above photo of Steve was taken within weeks of the tragic accident on the Mater Cleri grounds that took his life in 1970

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