Steve Marschke, publisher and editor of The News-Ledger, died April 8, at age 51 following a short illness. Dedicated to reporting West Sacramento news, Steve upheld journalistic principles during his three decade career at The News-Ledger, covering the City’s successes, challenges and evolution. In his personal life, he was stepfather to Sarah Jane and Laura. He guided them as a coach, teacher, and entertained them as a chef-extraordinaire. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia. He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Joyce Marschke, two brothers and a sister. Steve’s interests included rowing, learning French and woodworking. Steve also took time for traveling, discovering new foods, brewing beer, gardening and playing guitar. He looked forward to every family reunion, sharing his humor, creativity, and fun-loving nature.
The features editor of the News-Ledger, Daryl Fisher, wrote the following remembrance of Mr. Marschke: “Over the years, although he was always working on a shoestring budget, Steve managed to modernize most everything about the News-Ledger. Among many other things, he made it possible for us to layout and print the paper with computers instead of by hand, properly track and bill our loyal subscribers and advertisers, and have a front page that was much more about facts than opinions. And when the longtime owner of the News-Ledger died and left the paper to Steve, he quickly went about paying off more than $20,000 of printer’s debt by greatly expanding our legal advertising. For the first time since anyone could remember, the News-Ledger became profitable, and it has stayed that way to this day.”
Steve’s family expresses thanks and deep gratitude to the staff at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the River City Rowing Club. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 L St., Sacramento, CA 95811.