Steven L. Norder – 65 passed away peacefully, with his family at his side in his home after a courageous and valiant fight with cancer on Friday, August 11th. Steve bravely prepared himself for this day and was anxious to meet his Lord.
Steve was born on January 7, 1952 in New London, WI to Norbert (Nub) and Eileen (Geske) Norder. He grew up in the Village of Bear Creek where he attended St. Mary’s Grade School, Bear Creek High School and graduated from Clintonville Sr. High School in 1970. As a young child, he loved earning spending money by delivering the Milwaukee Journal newspaper and helped bale hay for area farmers. He also worked at Dennison’s Phillips 66 service station during his high school years.
He went on to NWTC to become a licensed barber and worked in Antigo, New London and owned and operated his own barbershop, Steve’s Styling Shop in Clintonville for many years. Steve wanted to try something different and worked at a number of jobs including Belmark, Murphys Concrete Construction, and Miron Construction retiring in January of 2015. He took great pride as a laborer truck driver for Miron, and was excited to drive his “Old 54” one more time at his benefit in July.
Steve was so proud of his two sons Shane and Shannon and his grandson Trayton.
Steve’s hobbies included restoring old cars and gas pumps and proudly displaying them at car shows throughout the state. He was an influential co-organizer and coordinator of the Clintonville Spring Cruise car show in Clintonville, the Show and Shine car show at St. Mary’s Sauerkraut Festival in Bear Creek and It’s Not Just Another Car Show at St. Mary’s parish in Marion.
He had a true passion for deer hunting, with both gun and bow, and we can’t even try to guess the number of trophies he bagged in his lifetime. He enjoyed an afternoon every once and awhile on his Harley, throwing his cancer battles to the wind, attending brush runs, baseball games and watching golf. He instilled these same passions in his sons Shane and Shannon and spent quality time with them and his grandson Trayton enjoying his hobbies and favorite pastimes.
He is survived by his two sons Shane (Lindsay) Clintonville, Shannon (special friend Mandy), Clintonville grandson and the joy of his life, Trayton, Mandy’s two daughters Marley and Mayzie, his sisters Sue (Jim) Mares, Clintonville and Nancy (Tom) Simons, Fremont. He is further survived by aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.
Steve is proceeded in death by his parents, his maternal and paternal grandparents and aunts and uncles.
Steve loved life to the fullest and was the life of every party. Some of his happiest moments were spending time with his sons and grandson and at his recent Car Show Benefit organized and attended by so many of his special, life-long friends. Steve was so happy and humbled with all those that attended and he had a chance to visit with.
Steve was an inspiration to us all, with his faith getting stronger each day as he battled his cancer, keeping an upbeat, positive attitude right up to the end.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, August 18 at 12:30 PM at St. Rose Catholic Church, Clintonville. Fr. Jack Mullarkey will officiate and inurnment will follow after the lunch at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bear Creek. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 AM until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Parish, Bear Creek where Steve was baptized and confirmed, for continued additions to the new Cemetery Storage shed where his recent benefit was held, to St. Rose Parish, Clintonville where he was a long-time member, or to help his family establish a fund for local individuals battling cancer.
The family would like to thank his oncologist Dr. Onitilo and his nursing staff, along with the Theda Care Hospice staff who provided such loving care and compassion to Steve. It was obvious Steve was loved by so many by the number of friends that came to say goodbye in his final days.