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posted: 8/27/2012 5:14 PM

Services set for 13-year-old Palatine boy

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Services have been scheduled for a 13-year-old Palatine boy who drowned over the weekend while attending a family reunion near downstate Effingham.

A funeral Mass for Benjamin John Stepp will take place Friday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 465 N. Benton St., Palatine. Benjamin will be laid to rest at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Palatine, immediately following the Mass.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine.

Benjamin, an honor roll student at Sundling Jr. High School in Palatine, died Sunday, in an accident involving a rope swing.

A member of his school band, boy scout and competitive swimmer, Ben is survived by his loving parents, Timothy and Teresa Stepp; his dear brother, Matthew; his devoted grandparents, Gerald and Barbara (nee Niemann) Reedy, and John and Toni (nee Vasilopoulos) Stepp; and dear uncles and aunts, Chris (Kathy) Reedy, Jill and Meg Reedy, Nick (Terry) Stepp and Irene (Ken) Korpan; Ben also leaves behind 10 cousins; and many cherished friends. He will be deeply missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Ben to Boy Scout Troop #182, c/o Presbyterian Church of Palatine, 800 E. Palatine Road, Palatine, IL 60067 or the PPD Tiger Shark Swim Team, c/o Palatine Park District, 250 E. Wood St., Palatine, IL 60067. For information, call (847) 358-7411 or

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