Stephen “Steve” Francis Hoellrigl

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Stephen “Steve” Francis Hoellrigl (May 21st, 1947 – February 5th, 2024)

Steve passed away peacefully on February 5th, 2024, at the age of 76. He is survived by his loving wife, Kelly Scalise, and two children, Clint and Nadia Hoellrigl.

Steve was a lifelong Rochesterian, graduated from East High School in 1965, and served in the Army Reserves. He earned an associate degree in Accounting from Monroe Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. He’ll be remembered as a devoted father, loving husband, and friend to everyone he met. Steve enjoyed playing cards with his buddies, catching a bite to eat at the many diners in Rochester, playing video poker, and traveling to Las Vegas. Steve loved watching every single episode of Seinfeld, The Sopranos, NCIS, and Big Bang Theory, as well as shows and old western on MeTV. He cared for a stray cat that left him a kitten who kept him company during the last few years of his life and every dog that he met loved him. Steve was a kind, funny, and charismatic man who loved his family and friends unconditionally, and relished in enjoying the simple things in life. He worked a variety of jobs throughout his life in Rochester, such as co-owner of Yankee Maid Sub Shop and Silk Plants Etc., and is most well known for being a bartender for 39 years at the former Rochester Riverside Hotel on East Main Street. He loved socializing with everyone he met at work and would never retire if he could help it.

Steve will be deeply missed by his family and all of his friends whom he considered family. A heartfelt thank you to the medical staff who took care of him during his illness, particularly his primary care doctor, Dr. Diego Cahn-Hidalgo, who took great care to visit and check-in weekly. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Disabled American Veterans ( or Lollypop Farms ( would be appreciated.

6 Condolences

  1. Tony Maira on February 8, 2024 at 10:41 pm

    I didn’t know Steve long but I felt him to be a good Man and friend and I will miss him. Farewell and God bless you.

  2. Linda Donoghue on February 9, 2024 at 5:55 am

    Steve was the greatest co-worker and bartender that I ever knew, and always had a smile on his face .I worked with him many years at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Rochester, where he once served me at a co-workers wedding . Needless to say ( and I’m laughing at this) his drinks where so good that I had my best day ever at work 😂 I then again sat at his bar at Charlie Browns in Penfield , where I lived and spoke with him for hours . Such a great man and a good friend . I am so saddened to hear this and will miss him .

  3. brian lasalle on February 9, 2024 at 8:49 am

    Steve was a great guy who had a huge impact on the downtown hotel and events scene for many years!
    Glad to have had our paths cross.

  4. Judy Ripton on February 9, 2024 at 11:06 am

    I worked with Steve many years ago at the Holiday Inn. He will be missed. Heartfelt condolences. ❤️

  5. Brian Julian on February 9, 2024 at 1:16 pm

    Steve was such a great guy worked with him for years starting with the Holiday Inn Genesee Plaza. In all the years I worked with him I don’t think there was a single person who didn’t love him. Loved going to Rochester Red Wings games with him. Just a great down to earth guy. RIP my friend.

  6. Diana Julian on February 9, 2024 at 4:12 pm

    My condolences to the family, I worked with Steve at the Holiday Inn Downtown in the early 1990s. I like his positive and mild manner, he was a good friend. I will miss him. RIP.

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