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Steven R. Van Haren - Departed on Jul 01, 2017 - Gillett, WI

Steven R. Van Haren

Born in Oconto Falls, WI on Jan 15, 1955

Died on Jul 01, 2017 and resided in Gillett, WI

Steven R. Van Haren, 62, Gillett, died peacefully Saturday evening, July 1, 2017, surrounded by his family, at a Green Bay hospital following complications from a stroke he suffered in February, 2017.  The 6th of 12 boys was born January 15, 1955 in Oconto Falls to Clarence and Gladys “Tiny” (VandenBush) Van Haren.  Steve attended St. Anthony Catholic Parochial School and graduated from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1973.

Steve lived most of his life in Oconto County where he was employed at Carver Boat in Pulaski for 36 years and most recently, Diversified Woodcraft in Suring.  He will be fondly remembered for his love of racing, hunting and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  Steve enjoyed being in the woods and looking for signs of deer or turkey and when he wasn’t, you could find him working on his son Josh’s race car.  In 2003 he married Laurie Gonion and they loved just being together and making many special memories.  “Papa Steve”, as he was lovingly known by his grandchildren, taught them about many important things in life with his kind heart, helping hands and warm words.

Survivors are his wife, Laurie VanHaren; five children, Steve (Mary), Rebecca (Rob), Mellissa (Paul), Robert, Josh (Ashley); an adopted son, Kyle Frederick; grandchildren, Mikey, Nathan, Natasha, Natalee, Kaylee, Kyler, Kayahna, Ashton, Skylar, Willie, Wyatt, Brentlee, Madyson; great grandchildren, Elijah, Lilly, Laila, Aubree and Brynlee; 11 brothers, Nick (Sandi), Mike (Danni), Bill (Dawn), Richard, Jerry (Debbie), Tom (Lisa), Bruce (Karen), Eugene (Vicki) Tim (Callie), Jessie, Pat (Nancy); his in-laws, Mike Gonion and Elizabeth Solberg; two brothers-in-law, Jim and Kevin (Tammy) Gonion;  his black lab buddy, T-Bone; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Tyffany Stevens and mother-in-law Vanessa Gonion.

Visitation will be held 4-8pm Friday, July 7, 2017 at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls.  Visitation will continue after 8am Saturday, July 8, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls until the time of service.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10am Saturday at the church with the Rev. Fr. Joel Sember officiating.  Cremation will follow.

The VanHaren family would like to thank the nurses and staffs of Woodlands Nursing Home, Aurora ICU & Hospice as well as the many family members and friends who have been of so much comfort to Steve and his family.  A special thanks to Kelly Frederick, Jenny Dirks, Dani and Rodney.  Each time you leave one another, “say I love you”.  Laugh until you cry and love until your heart stops beating.


Visitation: Friday Jul 7, 2017, 4-8pm Friday at Jones Funeral Service

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday Jul 8, 2017, 10am Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church

Visitation: Saturday Jul 8, 2017, after 8am Saturday until time of service at St. Anthony Catholic Church

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