Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:30 AM at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk. Donations: In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: Literacy Volunteers of Norwalk, One Beldin Avenue, Norwalk, CT, 06850.

Stephen Miklos


November 15, 1953 - May 12, 2015

Stephen Joseph Miklos, 61, Norwalk, passed away on May 12, in Norwalk.

Born in Norwalk, in 1953, he was the son of Joseph Miklos and the late Lorraine Miklos.

Stephen attended Central Catholic High School in Norwalk. He earned a degree in Theater from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut. He worked for 30 years as a software programming developer, first at Cognitive Systems in New Haven, and then as a Vice President at CitiBank in New York City.

He was passionately interested in technology, academics, acting, and all things regarding music. His talent always was a deep belief in sharing his knowledge, and he inspired others to explore these magical worlds. He was involved in acting with the Gaslight Theater and Something Players. He was a long-time volunteer tutor of English as a Second Language in the Norwalk area.

Stephen’s dedication and expertise as a longtime woodworker, and devoted music lover also led to a second career after retirement. His finely crafted and artistically executed “Carrot Creek Music” hand-made mountain dulcimers and other musical instruments for playing traditional folk music were enjoyed by players across the United States. He participated as a performer and workshop teacher in Dulcimer festivals across the region, and was a key member of the organizing committee of the annual Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival in Milford, CT.

Stephen is survived by his wife, Pamela McRae Miklos of Norwalk, CT; his father, Joseph Miklos of Virginia Beach, VA; his brother, Michael Miklos and his wife Monica Miklos of Norwalk, CT; his sister Pat Miklos of Clinton, CT; and many nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his mother, Lorraine Miklos; and his brother, James Miklos.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:30 AM at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: Literacy Volunteers of Norwalk, One Beldin Avenue, Norwalk, CT, 06850.

  1. This is a lovely write-up and what occurs to me is that Steve’s dulcimers will continue to be enjoyed by players across the United States for many, many years to come. “Mr. Owl” has always been very special to me and I appreciate the fact that in addition to being the builder, Steve was also a poet in that he included with the instrument a beautifully phrased statement about what the sound of that particular dulcimer meant to him. In my experience, this is unique among luthiers, as Steve’s creations are unique among mountain dulcimers.

    May 13, 2015
    CarolLynn Langley -
  • My heart goes to you and your families, Pam. I always think of his giggling way of a laugh, which I saw you two do a lot of together. Another very fond memory was the fun Stephen had using the dulcimer to help beginning ESL students break through their shyness with singing. I enjoyed every project we worked on together. Stephen was special.

    May 13, 2015
    Kate and David Robbins -
  • Stephen crafted a beautiful walnut dulcimer for me a few years ago with a sunburst soundhole. I call her Sunny and she has a wonderful mellow sound. I treasure her for her beauty as well as knowing she is a one and only and one of the last dulcimers Stephen was able to do. My heartfelt condolences to the family

    May 14, 2015
    Sue Sutton -
  • Pam, I am so sorry to hear of Stephen’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with him at the various festivals you attended. I took a few classes from him (blues dulcimer and uke) and enjoyed him as both a performer and instructor. There is a void now in our dulcimer community. Steve will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences, Pam.

    May 14, 2015
    Ellen Pratt -
  • Pam, from Patty and myself heartfelt condolences, we always looked forward to visiting with Steve at Latham and at Milford, always a joy to talk to. He will be missed as he was an integral part of the Nutmeg Festival.
    Friends are a gift from God
    They bring us joy and happiness
    And help us in times of need
    That’s why I can truly say
    How glad I am I had this friend

    May 14, 2015
    Wayne and Patty Anderson -
  • I’m so sorry to hear the news of Steve’s passing. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with Steve & you, Pam at Nutmeg Dulcimer Feativals. Steve was very patient with ‘Newbies’ in passing on his skills & knowlege for those interested. His skills at dulcimer making were awesome. Each was truly a work of art…….. My condolences to you Pam & your family. Steve will be missed but never forgotten.

    May 14, 2015
    Gail Beausoleil -
  • I was shocked and saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. I attended several of his workshops at the dulcimer festivals and never failed to stop and shop at his vendor table. While I don’t own a real dulcimer of his making, I have a beautiful small Christmas tree ornament mountain dulcimer that he crafted. It is truly one of my treasures and will always hold a place of honor in our home. Please accept my prayers that warm memories will bring you comfort in the times ahead.

    May 14, 2015
    Terri Hansen -
  • We all are sadden to loose a dear friend, instructor and fellow woodworker. Our condolences to Pam and family.
    We will truly miss him.

    May 14, 2015
    John and Ginny Matchak and The Woodworkers Club -
  • We must remember,,/ Steve’s passing is still leaving string prints in our hearts and soul. Without his teaching/concerts/woodworking/and many other skills. Where would the new and seasoned players be without his loving giving gift of music. We have his family in our prayers and condolences. Blessings, Nancy H.-Van Patten-Blough and Stephen Blough

    May 14, 2015
    Nancy Harriett-Van Patten-Blough -
  • First, my sincerest condolences to Pam at this time of very great loss. I was trying to remember the first time I’d met Steve, and I honestly can’t come up with an approximate year, but it was a long time ago. He was everpresent at the Nutmeg and Pocono festivals and I always looked forward to hearing him perform — he often combined his unique playing style and quirky sense of humor into songs that never failed to delight everyone! I happened to take his ukulele class at Nutmeg in 2012, just a couple days before Hurricane Sandy landed in NJ. I had no electricity or heat, and was feeling very alone (my husband was in England), scared, and depressed. But then I happened to see the folder of uke music from Steve’s class on the dining table, and I decided what better time to learn a new acoustic instrument than when the power is off! Steve’s arrangements kept me cozy for the entire week as I practiced, sometimes in the dark, while sitting near the fireplace. I still have that folder, and just now pulled it out again. I think it’s a good time for me to plunk my way through Steve’s arrangement of “My Blue Heaven” just for him….

    May 14, 2015
    Carol Walker -
  • I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I’ve known him for many years after first meeting him at a dulcimer festival. Thereafter, I always looked forward to seeing him at festivals, shopping at his vendor table, eating lunches and dinners with him, and taking many of his workshops. I also own one of his Carrot Creek dulcimers and it has become one of my favorites to play. He was a wonderful craftsman and teacher. Steve was one of the most cheerful people I have ever met and never failed to instill fun in his workshops. I always looked forward to his performances. He will be very missed in the dulcimer community.

    May 14, 2015
    Barbara Patterson -
  • Dear Pam, So sorry of Steve’s passing. You both were missed at this year’s Dulcimer Festival in Latham. Always loved his slide dulcimer playing. That was real cool. Always enjoyed talking to you both at the D.A.A. festival. Yes, he will be missed.
    George Haggerty -May 14 ,2015

    May 14, 2015
    George Haggerty -
  • So sorry to hear about your husband. Having just gone through this I know your emotions are raw and you don’t know which end is up. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Sending you my prayers and good thoughts to get you through this trying time.

    May 14, 2015
    Karen Seferi -
  • Pam,
    I am so very, very sorry to learn of Steve’s passing. I always loved seeing him (and you!) at festivals. And, as you may remember, he played a pivotal role in my becoming a dulcimer player: it was my first festival, I was wandering past all the luthiers’ booths, feeling too intimidated to ask to try an instrument, until I walked past your booth, and Steve smiled and said “just go ahead and strum them”. I did, loved the sound and look of one of his all-walnut dulcimers, and kept coming back to look at it. You both smiled and let me borrow it for the afternoon, during which- of course- I bonded with it, and finally purchased it, as my first dulcimer. Without that purchase, I’d never have gone on to learn to play, and would not have known the joy of playing dulcimer and knowing the wonderful dulcimer community. So , “Ms. Dulcie” already had a special place in my heart, and now does all the more. I will play some sweet music on her, in Steve’s memory. —– In addition to treasuring his dulcimer, I will always remember with great fondness the Steve’s friendly welcome whenever we’d meet up at festivals, and his wonderful performances, which were always engaging and made me smile. He will be sadly missed in the dulcimer community, even as we celebrate his many contributions. My love and prayers.
    Nina

    May 14, 2015
    Nina Zanetti -
  • I knew Steve through Gaslight, and was well aware how talented and how funny he was. However, I totally lost touch, and was amazed at how he turned his talents into so many wonderful achievements. I’m proud to have known him.
    I believe we all come from God’s love, and someday all return to it. That gives me peace, which is what I wish for all his loved ones.

    May 14, 2015
    Cathie Sheehan Kentfield -
  • Pamela , I am so sorry, my prayers are with you and your families, Stephen will be in our heart for ever, every person that was touch for his music have a happy memories , Stephen was so kind. God need him with his dulcimer. My sincerest condolences.

    Janeth Gilces – May 14, 2015

    May 15, 2015
    Janeth Gilces -
  • Dear Pam, Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Steve was such a good and kind person. We had the good fortune to take dulcimer classes with him (and a uke class, too). He taught with a smile and his love of music and teaching came through so clearly. We’ll miss him. Our sincere sympathy, Barbara and Wyatt Lema

    May 16, 2015
    Barbara and Wyatt Lema -
  • My sincere condolences to Steve’s family.
    Over the course of many years I have passed Steve and Pam’s table at the nutmeg, cranberry and MDMF festivals.
    My one and only purchase from Steve was a beautiful mountain dulcimer hammer.
    I remember how patient Steve was as I tried every hammer out, and wanted to make a visually pleasing match with my cedar/walnut dulcimer. He didn’t seem to mind at all!
    I so enjoyed taking Steve’s intro to ukelele class, and I treasure my awesome green folder of the many tunes, charts and songs he so generously prepared and gave to us.
    I too will enjoy playing all of these pieces and my memories of the warm and welcoming Steve Myklos.
    With shalom,
    Lucy Joan Sollogub

    May 16, 2015
    Lucy Joan Sollogub -
  • So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Went to high school with him and enjoyed working with him in n Gaslight, Greasepaint & Co. I likeed his intelligence and sense of humor. He will live on in my memory. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    May 16, 2015
    Sharon Codey Pires -
  • One of the most generous person I ever met. It is in deep sadness that I found this today. Rest in the peace of heaven my dear friend Sevm, I am sure you are there. God bless all his family.

    October 23, 2015
    Vania -
  • I am just seeing this. So sad. What a talent. I went to high school with him and admired everything he did. So sorry for your loss.

    February 20, 2017
    Kate Hall Jordan -
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