Stephen J. Matushak, 74, of Solon Springs and formerly of Superior died peacefully on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, surrounded by his family after a long struggle with Atypical Parkinsonism. Steve was born in Superior on Dec. 1, 1946 the son of Raymond and Phyllis (Bradshaw) Matushak. He graduated from Superior Central High School with the class of 1964. He married Kathleen Niemi on Oct. 10, 1970 and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. He served his country during Vietnam in the Army’s 25th Infantry. Steve retired as President and CEO of Holden Insurance Agency. Steve had a lot of energy and passions. He loved his family, friends, Holden’s, hunting, fishing, golf, traveling especially if it involved elk and watching his grandchildren do anything from gymnastics to hockey. He had a great sense of humor. It was especially enjoyable when one had the opportunity to listen to a conversation with him, his dad, brother, and sons. During the last few months, he just enjoyed listening to his children, their wives, and grandchildren in person or on FaceTime. Steve felt that the community had supported Holden’s and his family, and he wanted to give back. He was involved in many civic and non-profit organizations over the years including the UW-Foundation, Superior Scholarship Foundation, and Jaycees. He was instrumental in making the SAHA rink a reality and helping to form the Wisconsin Select Hockey program which gave youth throughout the state the opportunity to improve skills through enhanced competition. In 1995 he was inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by his parents. Steve is survived by his wife Kathie; sons, Jay (Erin) Matushak of Edina and Chad (Kristi) Matushak of Superior; grandchildren, Kellen, Grant, Jameson, Addison, and Julia; brother Brad (Barb) Matushak of Webster, WI; stepmother, Laraine Matushak; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 8th from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass at Cathedral of Christ the King Church, 1111 Belknap St. Superior, with Rev. Fr. Andrew P. Ricci as celebrant. Following the city ordinance, masks will be required. Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Military Honors will be accorded by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post #435. It took a community to meet his desire to stay at home. The family would like to give special thanks to Superior Helping Hands Traci DeMeyer and caregivers Joe Anderson, Laurie Allen and Jen Swanson, former Veterans Service Director Brian Erickson, the Solon Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Dr Weerts and Dr. Kyper, and his hospice nurse Amy Simpson and the entire Essentia Hospice team for their wonderful care of Steve. If desired, memorials in Steve’s name may be made to the Superior Scholarship Foundation Student Activity Fund, 3025 Tower Ave. Superior, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N 19th St., is assisting the family with arrangements. To send an online condolence, please visit www.downsfh.com.
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