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Steve “Woody” Coady

May 2, 2024 | 11 comments

Steve (Woody) Coady, 72, of La Crosse, WI, passed away on April 29, 2024, at Gundersen Health System.

Steve was born on February 7, 1952, to Arthur and Faye (Johnson) Coady in La Crosse, WI.  He attended Logan High School, during which he began working at the Sports Bowl bowling alley.  He was able to bowl for free and became pretty good.  He bowled in many leagues and a traveling league and eventually achieved the highest honor of a perfect 300 game.  In 1973, he began his career as a welder for Trane Co., and continued to work there for 39 years, until his retirement in 2012.

He married Theresa (Mary) Schrabeck on October 13, 1979, in La Crosse, WI.  Steve and Theresa continued to make the La Crosse/Holmen area their home for the next 44 years, where they raised their 2 children.

Steve was a devoted husband and father; he was kind and generous but most of all he was known for his quick-witted sense of humor.  He stayed active with his woodworking hobbies and various other projects over the years, and he was always there to offer a helping hand to anyone who needed it.  In fact, if you found any tools left behind with blue spray paint on them, they were his. He owned a boathouse on Copeland Ave from 1988 to 2002 and bought a Cabin in Trego, Wisconsin that same year.  Steve enjoyed staying busy with remodeling and fixing it up, but he also made sure there was time for fun on the lake with family and friends.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing; he was a jack of all trades and truly one of the most hardworking and dependable men you’ve ever met.  He took pride in paying favors to others, but never expected anything in return.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Theresa Coady of La Crosse, WI; children, Brian (Michele) Coady of Onalaska, WI, Katie Coady of La Crosse, WI; grandson, Jackson (Jackpot) Coady; siblings, Chuck (Marie) Coady of La Crosse, WI, Cheryl Grimslid of Cudahy, WI; sister-in-laws Hazel Coady, Donna Coady, Marge Kurtz, and Ginny Kurtz and many nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents; Faye Coady (Harland Sheehan) and Arthur Coady; siblings, Art Coady, Bill Coady, Barry Kurtz and Doug Kurtz; brother-in-law, Denny Grimslid; niece Tyann Coady and nephew Mikey Coady.

A visitation service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 11:30 AM at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, WI.  You are invited to share stories after a short eulogy at 12:30, and lunch will be provided after the service.




  1. Mike Coady

    One of my lifelong regrets was not getting to know my cousin Steve and his siblings. The few times I ran into Steve…I could tell what a good man he was and I’m sure all of his family and friends would agree with that. Anyway…God Bless Steve and all of his family….you have my sincere condolences.

  2. Dave Berger

    Sincerest condolences to Steve Coady Family. Ran into Steve a few years ago, had a great conversation about Sports Bowl days. Steve was a very very good bowler and was very excited for him when he accomplished his 300 in 1972. Super individual on and off the lanes. Sad to see he had passed. Blessings passed on to Family n Friends.

  3. Jenny Whitman

    So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I know the last couple years have been hard. My deepest sympathy to you Theresa, your kids, and Steve’s siblings. Hugs and prayers ????.

  4. Craig Paroubek

    Worked with Steve for many years at The Trane Co.. He was the best of the Best…Alway willing to lend a helping hand at and away from work!!! So sorry for your loss!!!!

  5. Michael Kopski

    Steve, was a wonderful Friend for Decades, we vacationed together. And man he had wit , and a great sense of humor. Steve was great at everything he set his mind to do. I will miss the times we all had together. God Bless you my friend, and that of your family.

  6. Pat Freng

    Steve was a great friend to all he met as was his loving wife Theresa he will be missed. Sending prayers and condolences to all of his family. Hopefully he is now in peace with the family that went before him.

  7. Holly Rae Brenner

    A Message to Steve: In this time of many changes, its very nice to know ,That one things still unchanging, though years may come and go..And thats the friendship thats especially warm and true..The very special friendship I’m glad I got to share with you. I will cherish all the memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you Theresa and family. Love You, Holly

  8. Chris Gregory

    I had the pleasure of getting to know Steve through a friend who’s cabin is on the same lake that Steve and Theresa are on. So many great memories that I will cherish forever. Steve will be missed. Sending prayers to Steve’s entire family.

  9. Pamela Black

    So sorry to hear this. Please take care of yourself Theresa. Thinking of you

  10. Roy (Bud) Miller

    Sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Condolences to his family. Knew Steve when growingup and from Logan. He was a great guy and made so many friends easily.

  11. Eric Ostrem

    Steve was the most generous and funny man that I knew. He was a great friend and I am really going to miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with Theresa and the family.


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