Surrounded by family and friends, Stephen Warner Speeg passed away peacefully on March 12, 2020 at the age of 62. A long-term resident of Baton Rouge, he was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended St. Mary Magdalen elementary school and Rummel High School in Metairie where he excelled at wrestling and baseball. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University and completed his Doctorate of Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Science Center New Orleans. He completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Earl K. Long Medical Center. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be fondly remembered by those he touched. Steve will be remembered for his larger than life personality and sense of humor.
He dedicated his life to serving others as a physician for over 30 years. Medicine was his calling and his passion, and he enjoyed taking care of the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of his patients. As clinical instructor of internal medicine at Earl K Long Hospital he mentored and trained resident physicians. During his career he was Chief of Staff and chairman of the quality assurance committee at Lane Regional Medical Center, Medical Director of St. Joseph Hospice, and held numerous other leadership roles. Steve believed in the dignity of life and that led him to ministry through hospice. His other interests included fishing, hunting, boating, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Stephen is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Donna Tranchina Speeg; his four children: Jeremy Speeg (Emily), Shannon Speeg Brown (Ken), Kristen Speeg Lazarine (Robbie), and Alyssa Speeg. Grandchildren: Cecilia, Davis, Eloise, Genevieve and Miller Speeg, Olivia Brown, Luke and Addison Lazarine; his sister, Shirley Bourgere’ (Daniel); sister-in-law Patricia Speeg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Davis and Virginia Speeg; his brother, Raymond Speeg.
Visiting hours will take place at Resthaven Funeral Home on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with the rosary at 5:00 PM. Visitation will be at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 10:00 AM Until Mass of Christian Burial at 12 PM. Burial will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations in Stephen’s name to Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Cancer Research Fund at Tulane Cancer Center, or St. Joseph Hospice/The Carpenter House.
The family of Stephen wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the physicians and staff at OLOL Regional Medical Center, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, St. Joseph Hospice and the Carpenter House. Also, they’d like to express their gratitude for the compassionate and loving care from Dr. Kent Rhodes, Dr. Mark Posner, Dr. Bryan Bienvenu, Dr. Maurice King, the staff at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer center, Dr. Oliver Sartor and the entire Tulane Cancer Center staff. Finally, the family would like to thank Sr. Dulce for her continued spiritual guidance throughout Steve’s journey.
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