April 20, 1950 - May 13, 2011
Steven L. Adler, 61, passed away on May 13, 2011, at his home in College Place after battling cancer for two years. The memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla.
Steve's wishes for memorial contributions are to be made to Providence St. Mary's Cancer Center through the funeral home.
Steve was born on April 20, 1950, in Los Angeles to Rupert and Rona Adler. He graduated from Inglewood High School in 1968 in Inglewood, Calif. He received his AA from Los Angeles Valley Community College in 1994. As a teenager, he enjoyed water polo, fishing, swimming and surfing.
Steve ventured into the world, traveling cross country to the East Coast. He then moved to Israel and lived on the kibbutz, where he learned to milk cows, grow crops, such as bananas, grapes and anything
else that was needed. He learned to speak Hebrew and enjoyed speaking it when ever he had a chance. He also joined the Israeli Army for his religious faith. He also joined the National Guard during the Vietnam War.
Steve met Gina Medica in 1997. They shared their lives together for 14 years. On May 14, 2007, they were officially married in Walla Walla. Together they have a daughter named Elizabeth and he was step-father to Francesca, who loved him as her father.
Steve's passion was collecting coins since he was 10 years old. He opened Adler's Coin Store in Walla Walla in 2008. He also worked at the Washington State Penitentiary. He enjoyed poker and wished he
could be in the World Tour of Poker. One of his final requests was to go to Las Vegas and play poker, which he did on March of this year. One thing many people did not know about him was he was a very affectionate person to all his dogs in his life. He loved his
dachshunds the best.
Steve is survived by his wife, Gina; his four children (two of which were of a previous marriage), Danielle of Los Angeles, Jordan of San Diego, Francesca and Elizabeth of Walla Walla; his parents, Rupert
and Rona of Milton-Freewater; and his sister, Melissa Brooks of North Carolina.
Steve was a loving husband, father and friend to many. He lived a simple and adventurous life in his 61 years. He will never be forgotten by his family and friends.