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Steve Schuelke
July 7, 1954 - April 11, 2017

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. 


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Julie Dewitt (Gerke) on April 17, 2017 at 7:50 PM said:

I'm soo sorry to hear of Steve's death. I knew Katie from school and Girl Scouts. I'll keep him and all his family in my prayers. My sincerest sympathy to you at this difficult time.
Stanley and Trish Scheiwe on April 14, 2017 at 2:34 PM said:

So sad to hear of Steve's passing. Our heartfelt condolences to his wife Susan and family.
William Bublitz on April 13, 2017 at 2:25 PM said:

I remember Steve from high school. He will be deeply missed by his friends that went to school with him. My condolencense on your lose and you will be in my prayers.
Leah Marie Wedl on April 13, 2017 at 5:41 AM said:

I spent so much of my youth with Hannah at her house and with her family that I consider Steve and Sue as helping to partially raise me. I never felt second in their home, they treated me like family. He will be sadly missed by many.
With love,
Lynn & David Henning on April 12, 2017 at 8:09 PM said:

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Jim & Teresa Davison on April 12, 2017 at 6:38 PM said:

Thinking of you during this difficult time. My the Lord keep you in his loving care. God Bless all your family,
Jim and Teresa

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