Stephen Schuelke, 62, of Oelwein, IA and formerly of Tomah, WI passed away on Tuesday April 11, 2017 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Monday April 17, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Memorial services will begin at 11 AM on Tuesday April 18, 2017 at Christ United Presbyterian Church in Oelwein with Rev. John Kerr officiating. Memorials may be directed to the family for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation-Ride For a Cure.
Stephen Patrick Schuelke was born on July 7, 1954 in Fort Atkinson, WI to parents Norman and Betty (Scheiwe) Schuelke. He graduated from Fort Atkinson High School with the class of 1972. He then attended the Madison Area Technical College, graduating in 1975. On June 3, 1978 Steve was united in marriage with Susan Russell at Racine, WI. Steve was a Graphic Artist and was employed with Northwest Telephone Co. in Tomah, WI for many years.
Steve led a very active life as a community volunteer. In Tomah, he was involved with Partners For Youth, teaching Sunday School, PTO, Band Parents, Camp Sunshine, coaching track, coaching Special Olympics, the Warrens Cranberry Festival Board, and especially the Boys And Girls Club and Habitat For Humanity. Steve continued his active community involvement following his relocation to Oelwein where he was involved with the Oelwein Lions Club, was a volunteer and board member of RSVP, Fontana Park, OWLS, founded the Presbyterian Youth Group (PYG’S), 4H fair judge, Camp Hertko Hollow, Oelwein Area Historical Society and was a service dog advocate.
Steve very much enjoyed his community involvement, with his most passionate cause being that of advocating for diabetes since his own diagnosis in 1972. Steve also loved photography and being outdoors.
Left to celebrate Steve’s life are his wife Sue of Oelwein; his daughters: Katie of Oelwein and Hannah (Josh) Mueller of Winona, MN; his sisters: Ann (Bob Beranek) Schuelke of Sun Prairie, WI and Terry (Rick) Monogue of Milton, WI; several nieces, nephews and his service dog Sawyer.
He was preceded in death by his parents Norm and Betty; and his brother Ted Schuelke.