It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Steve Maue. He died suddenly on the evening of March 30th at his home in Tampa, FL of a heart attack. He was 43 years old.
A native of St. Louis, MO, Steve Maue attended Chicago’s VanderCook College Of Music in 1985 to pursue a music degree. While at VanderCook, Steve would meet Bill Gula & Jim Kucharski who also attended VanderCook at the time. The three of them would become good friends. In 1986, Bill Gula would give Steve his start in the polka field performing on bass guitar with Jimmie Mieszala & The Music Explosion. A year later, he became the bassist with Lenny Gomulka & The Chicago Push recording the popular hit: “Oh Baby Mine” on the WRS recording: “Join The Polka Generation”. Steve was one of the last members of the Chicago based edition of the Push before Lenny Gomulka relocated to MA in the Fall of 1990. His polka career ended with Jimmy Sturr in 1992.
After leaving the polka business, he began performing on cruise ships and eventually would become a Showband Director for the Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines. In addition, Steve put together a solo act performing at various clubs. In 2003, he took up a job working as a Security Supervisor for St. Louis Lambert Airport before relocating to Tampa, FL in 2006 to work as a Security Supervisor for Citigroup in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
There will be memorial service at 4pm on Monday, April 12th taking place at the Faith Family Church, 704 N. Greenmount Rd. in Shiloh, IL.
Please send your memorials to Victory Acres, 601 SW Adams St., Peoria, IL 61602. (www.peoriarescue.org)
You can also visit his memorial page here: http://steve-maue.last-memories.com/index.php
On behalf of all of us at the Polka Jammer Network, we offer the family of Steve Maue our deepest condolences.