LIVERMORE FALLS – Stephen H. Botka, 59, of Chesterville, died Saturday, Feb. 21, at his daughter’s home in Livermore Falls, after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer; with his loving daughter Katy by his side every step of the way, holding his hand until the end.

He was born June 12, 1949, in Farmington, the son of George “Henry” and Elaine (Hagberg) Botka. He was a 1967 graduate of Livermore Falls high school, had a year of college prep at M.C.I. in 1968, attended Miami-Dade College, and continued his education through University of Maine Augusta. He married Nancy Wilson on Oct. 2, 1971, at the Methodist Church in Livermore Falls. They shared a family together, but the marriage ended in divorce.

He was the project engineer for Coffin & Richardson Construction. In 1978, he began his employment with James River-Otis Paper Mill in Jay, now known as Wausau-Mosinee, working for over 30 years, where he was employed in the maintenance department. He also owned and operated Foss Jewelry Store in Livermore Falls, following his father’s retirement from the business in 1998.

Steve was a member of Amvets Post 33 in Jay; Local Union 11, the Oriental Star Masonic Lodge 21 of Livermore Falls, Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce, Livermore Falls Betterment Committee, and the National Ski Patrol. He served the ski patrol at Titcomb Mountain and was a past ski patroller at Mt. Abram.

Steve was an avid golfer and member at Maple Lane and Turner Highlands. He scored several holes in one one of them during tournament play at Turner Highlands. He also raced motor cross, played ice hockey and fly fished in his younger years. He had the opportunity to ski in Switzerland with his father.

His greatest of all joys was spending time with his grandchildren. He simply loved being around people, spoiling his granddaughter Madeline, laughing, telling stories, and inflicting his dry sense of humor on everyone. He will be dearly missed. Katy and Steve had a very close father and daughter bond, and were truly best friends.

He is survived by his mother, Elaine Botka of Livermore; two daughters, Katy Botka Quirrion, her husband, Louis, and their children, Madeline and Shawn, of Livermore Falls; and Angela Lord, her husband, Charles, and their son, Dylan of Vienna; and his sister Meredith Adams, her husband, Fred, and their son, Jacob of Gorham.

He was predeceased by an infant son, Shawn Botka in 1981; and his father, Henry Botka in 2000.

Steve and Katy would like to thank the girls at the C.M.M.C. Infusion Center, for being so nice and supportive through this journey.

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