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Steven Michael Stelzl

Steven Michael Stelzl, 47, of La Crosse, WI, formerly of Marathon, WI passed away peacefully on April 15, 2024, at Gundersen in La Crosse due to complications from multiple sclerosis. He was born in Wausau, WI on March 25, 1977.

After graduating from high school, Steve attended Viterbo University before enlisting in the United States Army where he made a profound commitment to serve his country with honor and distinction in various capacities. He most proudly served in Communications for the White House, contributing to the vital communication infrastructure of our Nation’s highest office. He
was medically discharged with the rank of Sergeant after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Upon completing his service in the Army, Steve returned to Viterbo, graduating with a degree in Computer Information Systems. After graduation, he worked for Kaplan, Inc in La Crosse.

On October 9, 2010, Steve married Autumn Ahrens. He loved his family, especially spoiling his nieces and nephews. Steve found joy in spending time at his family cottage and fishing on Tomahawk’s Lake Alice with his brothers. He was an avid sports enthusiast and would often be found watching any sports-related event with enthusiasm, especially as a season ticket holder for the La Crosse Loggers baseball team. Steve served as an usher and on the church council for Good Shepherd. He also enjoyed seeing the beauty of a thunderstorm rolling in.

Steve was an integral part of the annual MS Walk in La Crosse, WI, dedicating himself to the coordination of many of the details for an event that became an important part of him as an MS Warrior.

Besides his wife, he is also survived by his parents Michael and Shirley Stelzl, and Gloria and Dennis Gerstl; his siblings Chadwick (Christina) Stelzl, Megan (Joshua) Stanchik, Aaron (Jianna) Stelzl, Andrea Stelzl, Scott (Leanna) Gerstl, and Daniel Gerstl; nieces Clara, Hadlee, and Emersyn; and nephews Casey and Benjamin. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents and special aunties.

Steve will be remembered fondly for his dedication to his country, his love for his family, and his commitment to service for his country and community.

A funeral service to celebrate Steve’s life will be held on May 4 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse, WI. Visitation will be held from 9:00am until the time of the service at 11:30am. Military honors will follow the service at 12:45pm. Family and friends are invited for lunch and fellowship immediately after.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ELCA, 4141 Mormon Coulee Rd, La Crosse, WI 54601.

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