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Steven J. Daavettila - Departed on May 26, 2017 - Green Bay, Wisconsin
Steven J. Daavettila - Departed on May 26, 2017 - Green Bay, Wisconsin

Steven J. Daavettila

Born in Hancock, Michigan on Aug 29, 1957

Died on May 26, 2017 and resided in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Steven J. Daavettila, 59, Green Bay, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 26, 2017. Steve was born in Hancock, Upper Michigan on August 29, 1957 to the late and wonderful William and Irene (Hagert) Daavettila. He enjoyed a childhood filled with adventures at the lake in Chassell with the summer crew and road trips with the family across the US.  Steve graduated from Michigan Tech University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering, Power Systems in 1980, Master of Science Degree from Ohio State University in 1981, and held a Professional Engineer License. Steve went on to enjoy nearly 35 fulfilling years at Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. He met Ruth in 1983, married in 1986, and had three beautiful children. Most recently, Steve taught at NWTC in the Mathematics and Science Departments. Steve loved engineering, often sharing fascinating stories and facts about his profession, but also was a natural-born teacher with a knack for making complicated subjects understandable.

Steve was an avid contributor to his community.  He had a love of singing and was a member of the Wisconsin Public Service Chorus for over 30 years.  He also enjoyed coaching YMCA basketball and SAY soccer, where he eventually became a SAY board member, division coordinator, coaching & referee trainer, and Arnie Wolfe Soccer Complex Project Co-Manager.  Steve was involved in Leadership Green Bay Class of 2006, spoke at several events, and enjoyed educating Boy Scouts to earn their merit badge in electricity.  He took pride in his Upper Michigan roots by serving on the Chassell Township School Foundation and loved spending time outside on the lake with his family and friends.  His Finnish heritage was important to him and he enjoyed many saunas, snowshoeing, skiing, and golfing.

In his free time, Steve was an avid photographer who loved to capture milestone events for his loved ones and friends. He also was a passionate comic book and action figure collector, developing a close social network of enthusiast friends with similar interests.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Ruth, their children Cassie (Jason) Calbaum, Hannah, and Michael; brother Lee (Barbara) and nephews Ian and Nathan along with many cousins, in-laws, nieces, and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Joan Daavettila, and many aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be held at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 East Mason St, Green Bay on Friday, June 2, 2017, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm followed by a prayer service.  Visitation continues Saturday, June 3 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2040 Hillside Ln, Green Bay, from 9:30am until the time of mass at 11am with Father Mark VanderSteeg presiding.  Burial will be at Nicolet Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established in Steve’s name.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com


Visitation: Friday Jun 2, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Proko-Wall Funeral Home

Funeral Mass: Saturday Jun 3, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church

Visitation: Saturday Jun 3, 2017, 9:30- 11:00 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church

Served by Proko-Wall Funeral Director: Joshua Ferguson

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