Steven Robert Witalison, 69, of Fish Creek, passed away Sunday evening, March 20, 2022, at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.
He was born December 29, 1952 in Madison, the son of Robert Charles Witalison and Arzetta Claire (Bauldry) Witalison. Steve was raised Catholic and attended Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Sun Prairie and grade school in Waunakee. He graduated from Sun Prairie High School with the class of 1971. Steve went on to study education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He returned home after two years at Stevens Point and went to work for Tracor Northern in Middleton in their shipping department. Through his friend, Craig Breitsprecher, Steve met Kathleen Joann Havlik. They were united in marriage on June 15, 1974 at Kathy's home church of St. Albert the Great in Sun Prairie. Steve remained with Tracor Northern for 18 years. He worked various jobs before going to work for Jenkins Research and Manufacturing in Fitchburg in 1994. Steve retired from Jenkins as the shipping department manager in 2003. He and Kathy moved from Madison to Fish Creek, in Door County, in 2009.
Steve enjoyed playing softball for Tracor Northern in league in Middleton. He coached his sons in Pop Warner football and remained an avid sports fan throughout his life, especially of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Wisconsin Badgers (various sports). Steve loved to go fishing at Tenny Park in Madison, on the Wisconsin River in Portage, in Sister Bay, and also in Sturgeon Bay. He played tuba in band in high school and liked (almost) all kinds of music - from big band to (country) bluegrass...Pretty much anything besides rap.
Steve will be missed by wife, Kathy, with whom he was blessed to share nearly 48 years of marriage with; three sons, Ryan Witalison of Fish Creek, Sean (Lindsey) Witalison of Kimberly, and Evan Witalison of Racine; two grandsons, Abram and Brodie Witalison; two brothers, Gary (Joni) Witalison of Fish Creek and Donald (Lori) Witalison of Madison; mother-in-law, Betty Havlik of Wisconsin Rapids; siblings-in-law, Nancy Soldner of Liberty, MO, Susan Rank of Tomah, and Craig (Liz) Havlik of Sun Prairie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Micah Witalison (2018); father-in-law, Clarence "CJ" Joseph Havlik; brothers-in-law David Havlik and Nels Rank; and other relatives.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall/Fish Creek Old Town Hall, 4167 Maple Street, Fish Creek, WI 54212.
Memorials may be given in his name for the Wisconsin Humane Society (www.wihumane.org).
"Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Door County Medical Center and Unity Hospice for the wonderful, compassionate care you gave to Steve."
Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Witalison family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Steve may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.