Steven James Weckwerth, 51, Wausau, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 17, 2011, from a courageous two year battle with prostate cancer, with his family by his side.
He was born Oct. 30, 1959 in Merrill, to David and Barbara Weckwerth. Steve Graduated from Merrill High School in 1978 and married Barbara "Bobbi" Smith on May 26, 1979 at Saint Roberts Catholic Church in Merrill.
Over the last 33 years, he worked in the machine room at Wausau Paper Mills. He made lifelong friends during his time there and his commitment to his job was exceptional.
Steve had many hobbies that included riding his Harley, golfing, bowling, lifting weights, singing karaoke and going for long walks with his wife. His favorite pastime was spending time with friends and family as well as rooting for the Packers, Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers.
Steve is survived by his wife Barbara "Bobbi" Weckwerth, Wausau; one daughter, Kathryn Weckwerth, Wausau; two sons, Matthew (Tiffany) Weckwerth, Green Bay and Timothy Weckwerth, Wausau; two grandchildren, Jacob and Brett Weckwerth; his parents, David and Barbara Weckwerth, Merrill; one brother, Peter (Pamela) Weckwerth, Wausau.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Matthew.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 930 Edgewood Rd. Wausau. Rev. John Meachen will officiate. Entombment will be in Merrill Memorial Park, Merrill. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and again from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service, Wednesday all at the church.
Brainard Funeral Home, Wausau, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services or the American Cancer Society directed to the family.
The family would like to send a special thank you to all of Aspirus Oncology, for the care and compassion they gave Steve through his course of treatment, as well as all members of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, who cared for Steve in his final days and also friends and family who prayed, sent well wishes and visited him.
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com