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Steven Michael Stelzl

April 18, 2024 | 7 comments

Steven Michael Stelzl, 47, of La Crosse, WI, formerly of Marathon, WI passed away peacefully on April 15, 2024, at Gundersen in La Crosse due to complications from multiple sclerosis. He was born in Wausau, WI on March 25, 1977.

After graduating from high school, Steve attended Viterbo University before enlisting in the United States Army where he made a profound commitment to serve his country with honor and distinction in various capacities. He most proudly served in Communications for the White House, contributing to the vital communication infrastructure of our Nation’s highest office. He
was medically discharged with the rank of Sergeant after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Upon completing his service in the Army, Steve returned to Viterbo, graduating with a degree in Computer Information Systems. After graduation, he worked for Kaplan, Inc in La Crosse.

On October 9, 2010, Steve married Autumn Ahrens. He loved his family, especially spoiling his nieces and nephews. Steve found joy in spending time at his family cottage and fishing on Tomahawk’s Lake Alice with his brothers. He was an avid sports enthusiast and would often be found watching any sports-related event with enthusiasm, especially as a season ticket holder for the La Crosse Loggers baseball team. Steve served as an usher and on the church council for Good Shepherd. He also enjoyed seeing the beauty of a thunderstorm rolling in.

Steve was an integral part of the annual MS Walk in La Crosse, WI, dedicating himself to the coordination of many of the details for an event that became an important part of him as an MS Warrior.

Besides his wife, he is also survived by his parents Michael and Shirley Stelzl, and Gloria and Dennis Gerstl; his siblings Chadwick (Christina) Stelzl, Megan (Joshua) Stanchik, Aaron (Jianna) Stelzl, Andrea Stelzl, Scott (Leanna) Gerstl, and Daniel Gerstl; nieces Clara, Hadlee, and Emersyn; and nephews Casey and Benjamin. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents and special aunties.

Steve will be remembered fondly for his dedication to his country, his love for his family, and his commitment to service for his country and community.

A funeral service to celebrate Steve’s life will be held on May 4 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse, WI. Visitation will be held from 9:00am until the time of the service at 11:30am. Military honors will follow the service at 12:45pm. Family and friends are invited for lunch and fellowship immediately after.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ELCA, 4141 Mormon Coulee Rd, La Crosse, WI 54601.



  1. Marla Seubert

    We are so saddened in your loss of your son, Mike and Shirley.
    You are in our prayers for your great loss.
    Marla and Mark Seubert

  2. Lynne Kamke

    Gloria, I am so sorry for your loss, Lynne Kamke

  3. Alane Bartlett

    Steve was a very nice neighbor to my 97 year old Dad. Steve and Autumn kept a watchful eye out for him. My siblings and I were grateful to have Steve next door! He was always friendly when we came to visit. Peace to Autumn and family.

  4. Mary Bakalars

    Steve and Autumn were wonderful neighbors to my parents Jack and Harriet Fritsch. Always watching over them and especially my Dad these past 3 years. And we were always grateful to see the flag flying in their front yard. Thank you for your service and your friendship to your neighbors. Jack will miss you Steve.

    • Helen Weber

      I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to the Stelzl and Athens families. I apologize that I cannot attend Steve’s devices due to a family commitment.

  5. Asha

    Dear Autumn,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He was truly a patriot who earned my respect through our work together at Kaplan. Once he talked about you he lit up and truly came to life. He loved you so much. I will miss his quirky fun and wrapping you up in love.

  6. Doug Amy Christophersen

    We are so sorry for the loss of your son and husband. We thank Steve for his service to our country. May you rejoice in the memories. Doug & Amy


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