Stephen Joseph Brabeck, born April 9, 1950, in St. Paul, Minnesota, died surrounded by his family at his home in Carmel Valley, California after a six-month illness,. A resident of Carmel Valley since 1996, Steve was a highly respected cardiologist who dedicated his life to improving the health and well being of others. He was actively engaged in the foundation of the Adult Congenital Heart Association (he was himself a survivor of congenital heart disease), and he attended patients at both the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula and the Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. In 2012, Steve opened Quail and Olive, a retail olive oil and vinegar tasting store in the heart of Carmel Valley Village. Having studied at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, Steve’s principal goals were to use his clinical skills and long-held interest in nutrition and the culinary arts to promote heart-healthy cooking, and to make available high quality, locally-sourced olive oils and specialty vinegars to the community.
Steve is survived by his wife, Elise; his five children, Annelise (Will Wilford), Peter, Sarah, Rosie (Ryan Commons), and Ghion; five grandchildren; and his three brothers, Peter, Michael, and Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Adult Congenital Heart Association (https://www.achaheart.org/get-involved/donate-fundraise/give-to-acha/).
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