Steven L. Conner

Steven L. Conner, age 55 of Collinsville, IL, born February 5, 1962 in Granite City, IL passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

Steven graduated from Granite City High School in 1980, and then obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from SIUE in 1984. He was the owner, operator and floral designer of The Flower Basket in Collinsville for over 30 years. His passion for designing began at the age of 16 when he started working for a floral shop cleaning and sweeping the floors. He was then hired by Floral Essence in Granite City to deliver flowers.

Steven was a kind, generous and loving person. He was dedicated to his family and friends and was always willing to give a helping hand when needed. If a customer came in the store for funeral work and didn’t have much money, he would do whatever to help them, sometimes not even charging them. He was known for his unique style and design. Customers would tell him they could look at a piece and tell he designed it. All customers were special to Steven in many different ways.

He donated to many charities around town and always gave something to schools and churches when he was asked. His hobbies were gardening, landscaping, decorating and art. Some of his art was shown in San Francisco. Steven loved to travel, his favorites being New York and Chicago. He loved the theatre and watching old movies. Some of his favorites were Meet Me in St. Louis, Harold & Maude, To Kill a Mockingbird. Mary Tyler Moore was his favorite actress.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Conner Appony; sister-in-law, Debbie Conner; and a niece, Melissa Distler.

He is survived by three brothers: Marvin (Brenda) Conner of Granite City, IL, Cliff Conner of Chatham, VA and Clint Conner of WI; two sisters: Cindy (Keith) Rodgers of Granite City, IL and Lisa Conner of Belleville, IL; 9 nieces and nephews: Zachary, Lance, Steven and Jeremy Conner, Brett Rodgers and Clint Conner, Jr., Jennifer Conner, Lisa Rodgers-Brown, Andrea Distler-Darr; many great nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles.

Steven’s wishes were to be cremated with no services.

Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice and mailed to the funeral home.

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