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10 Years  / Brick Foot (Nephew)  Read >>
10 Years  / Brick Foot (Nephew)
I can't believe it has been 10 years.  I think of you every day.   I was in the bathroom giving Alexis a bath and she saw the picture of you we have on our wall.  She goes "Dada who is that?"  I said that is uncle Steve she said "I don't think I ever meet him."  I know you would have loved her.  I know your shinning down on us from heaven.  Miss you and Love you!!! Close
A WONDERFUL BROTHER AND FRIEND  / Betty Ledgerwood (SISTER IN LAW )  Read >>
A WONDERFUL BROTHER AND FRIEND  / Betty Ledgerwood (SISTER IN LAW )

ON THIS DAY I WANT YOU TO KNOW STEVE THAT I THINK ABOUT YOU JUST ABOUT EVERYDAY!!! I MISS YOU SO MUCH AND WISH YOU WERE HERE WITH US IN JUNE WHEN JUSTIN GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL!!!! WE ALL MISS YOU STEVE!! AND WANT YOU TO KNOW JUST HOW MUCH WE LOVE YOU.. YOU WERE MORE THAN A BROTHER IN LAW TO ME BUT A BROTHER.... AND I WISH YOU WERE HERE WITH US BUT I KNOW THAT SOMEDAY WE WILL SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN... UNTIL THEN KNOW THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS WITH US IN OUR HEARTS!! WE LOVE YOU!!

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my son was born  / Mark Brown (good friend )  Read >>
my son was born  / Mark Brown (good friend )
steve my second son travis was born on nov 12th 2009. what a weird feelin. a very happy and sad day. you showed me how to be a father because i never had 1. your my father figure and friend. love you. brownie. Close
WOW / Debbie Henninger (niece)  Read >>
WOW / Debbie Henninger (niece)
I wish I could've known you Uncle Steve ( I am Michael's daughter). Looking at this website, I couldn't help but to get teary eyed. You left a wonderful legacy behind.  Close
thinking of you  / Patricia Shaul (sister)  Read >>
thinking of you  / Patricia Shaul (sister)
Hi Steve,

Thinking of you alot lately and missing your physical prescence at Josh's games. I see your golden halo shinning over Josh and your quiet confidence over the fisher football team cheering them on. Josh is playing very well. I hope you are sitting with us in the bleachers laughing, talking, shareing, cheering, etc.. We are planning a reunion in the summer to celebrate Josh's college graduation and family milestone birthdays, anniversaries, college & high scool graduations, etc. I still get tears in my eyes when I talk about you, think of you, or special occasions when you can't be there with your boys but we take your place for you for them. Love you little brother you are always in my heart. Close
Its me!  / Alicia (Niece)  Read >>
Its me!  / Alicia (Niece)


ah..... its been a little over seven months since you left us and you still cross my mind every day! it's so weird not having you here - everything reminds me of you.... i see a rose.... i think of you..... i hear the news talking about brett favre or any other wisconsin related sport/player.... and think of you. life is just so weird with out you here. i don't sit in my room and cry anymore... i more so like to just sit and think of all the good tymes we had together, all the fond memories we had and all the good times we will have, despite you being gone. i am now getting closer to family that i havent in ages and its all because you brought us together. i have you to thank for bringing us close together once again, and to be able to make "recent" memories. anyways, before i do start to get a little more upset or w/e, i just wanna say i love you and miss you so much!

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Thinking of You / Wayne Henninger (Nephew)  Read >>
Thinking of You / Wayne Henninger (Nephew)
I wish that this wasn’t such a belated hello. I think about and wish each and every day since your passing that I had done something sooner to try to get to know you better. I sit here reading all of these memories that everyone else has written and jealousy starts to set in - jealousy for not having that type of relationship with you. All of my memories of you are from when I was a child. You always seemed to be so much fun to be around. I don’t have a lot to go by, but I wish there was more. I know this past time of seeing you isn’t the memory that I wanted to be my next since those years. I see that you have left so many people behind that love you very much and care about you a lot. You seemed to have raised two outstanding young men, the last time I remember seeing them they were probably somewhere around four to six years old. I hope that I may get to know them better than I was able to know you, but we don’t have a lot of memories together either. So, I pray that all goes well and that we make the trip to Wisconsin for Theresa’s graduation and maybe we’ll have a better relationship with the rest of the family from here on out. Take care and I love you and miss you! Love, Wayne Henninger Close
An Angel / A. Friend   Read >>
An Angel / A. Friend
You truly were an angel sent from God in heaven above. Your shocking death just broke the hearts of everyone you loved. When I found out that you had died I thought that they were wrong. You were so alive - and then just like that, you were gone. A flame blown out in seconds, Confirming our worst fears - A light that shines no more on earth for which we shed many tears. But still you are my beacon And I need you right now. You hear all the prayers I say Because they are answered somehow. I wish that you could be here, But in a way you are. Your symbol of a rose goes everywhere with me, so I know you can't be far. It still is quite a shock to me that you had to die; But no one will forget you And I love you, and goodbye. Close
When tomorrow starts without me / Todd Erb (Nephew)  Read >>
When tomorrow starts without me / Todd Erb (Nephew)

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
 I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
 While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.
 
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
 Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
 And took me by the hand,
 And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life,
I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
So much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for awhile,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you,
and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.


But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,
He said "This is eternity,
And all I've promised you."
Today for life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day's the same day
There's no longing for the past.
 
But you have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things,
You knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
 And now at last you're free.
So won't you take my hand
And share my life with me?
 
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

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Im not here / Todd (Nephew)  Read >>
Im not here / Todd (Nephew)
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the snow on the mountain's rim,
I am the laughter in children's eyes,
I am the sand at the water's edge,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain,
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the star that shines at night,
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

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My Brother  / Terry Henninger (Brother)  Read >>
My Brother  / Terry Henninger (Brother)

Since you departed
      I'm so broken-hearted;
Not a day goes by
     That I don't ask why?
No one can really explain
     I will always be in pain...
I never knew you were so sore
     I wish I would have done much more
So many tears were sincerely shed;
     But it's life without you that I DREAD.
I know you're in heaven with our dear mother
     But here on earth, I really miss you BROTHER!!!

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Steve -- / Alicia (Niece)  Read >>
Steve -- / Alicia (Niece)
There are so many times I think about ya. About the times we spent together, when we had our lil chit chats and all the amazing advice you gave me. If it wasn't for you I dont know exactly where I would have ended up. Instead of me being ur little angel... I think you were mine. From all the Brewer Games to the cute little things...that we did like the "make-up" + all the cute little things you did..to avoid getting "make-up" on ya or just all the things you did in general. It's kinda hard for me to write this - with out getting all teary eyed. I miss ya so much. There are 2 many words to describe what kind of man you were. You were just that great. I still can't believe you're gone...but I suppose when it comes to that time this summer -- It will hit home. I try not to be sad, because I know thats not what you want us to be feeling -- but sometimes its just so hard. Hard to think that the memories I have are all that they ever will be...that there never will be any more. I hold those memories close...to my heart because that.. is all I will ever have..  I <3 you & miss you so much. Close
I love you steve / Patricia Shaul (sister)  Read >>
I love you steve / Patricia Shaul (sister)
Hi Steve,
we have a family gathering coming up in June celebrateing two anniversarys, two high school graduations, my 55 birthday, Hal's birthday, Tim & Donna's five anniversary, and whatever else we find to celebrate. The biggest celebration however is the gathering of family. We will also do a memorial to you and talk about your death and the circumstances surrounding it. this will be a healing talk for all of us and needs to be done.

Please ask God to help Tim & Karen find permanent full time jobs, soon. We could use a break from all the challenges we are facing at this time. I know you are watching over all of us. 

I thank you for your help on the psych. ward and never will forget our ping pong game we had and surprised the hospital staff did not kick our family out!! They knew you made me laugh and I was happy. You gave me therapy on your death bed! This will be forever in my heart. This will always & forever bring tears to my eyes. I miss you, and love you eternally. Thank-you for all the humeroous memories you gave me. This family gathering will not be the same without you.   Close
The "greatest" man i have ever known. / Chuck Henninger (nephew)  Read >>
The "greatest" man i have ever known. / Chuck Henninger (nephew)
It was casey's first wrestling tournament last weekend, and throughout the day long tournament i must of thought about U a hundred times. I was thinking about u being there for me my first wrestling tournament and how much it ment to me, and wishing u could be here to see casey and how proud u would have been of him. i know u were there in spirit i just wish i could have looked up and seen u in the bleachers, he showed your heart throughout the tourney i know u would have enjoyed it. You truely are the greatest man i have ever known and it was my honor to have known u lived with you and learned from u. i owe the goodness of me too u. You gave everyone and chance, and me maybe two or three :). i look at you like a father and u showed me how a son should be treated and to me that is priceless. i will have succeeded if my boys grow up to be half the man u were and will always be in my heart. im just thankful that although it was cut short casey and corey got to know and love you. ill cherish that for as long as im alive. i miss and think about u daily. u hold a very special place in my heart and always will. thanks for always being there for me Steve i love u always and forever. Your neph :) Close
Savoring the momment / Kate (Niece)  Read >>
Savoring the momment / Kate (Niece)
 I remember at Tim and Donna's wedding and at Pat and Ron's wedding at Karen's graduation and all the family reunions we had each time I'd go outside you always followed me out shortly after I had left. The reason I'd leave was to get fresh air and as silly as it is it was to savor the moment, of my family being together. It was at Tim and Donna's wedding that we sat on the park bench overlooking the lake. You asked me how everything was going for me. I told you about school, what I wanted for my life ( by the way I'm still looking for it but again I have to say I know I have your love and I thank you for that) As i said than I'd be lucky to find a guy like you but I don't think I ever will. I'm just so grateful for all the blessings you gave me and I know you'll accompany when I go outside to savor the moment of our next family reunion.
Love Kate

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We lost a GREAT man! / Karen Shaul (Niece)  Read >>
We lost a GREAT man! / Karen Shaul (Niece)
Dear Uncle Steve, Well, I don't really know where to begin. I think about you a lot and wonder what you're up to. I try to find comfort thinking that you are looking out for each and every one of us. I'm going to miss your crack of dawn visits asking for omelets. It's going to be difficult when we have family gatherings, knowing you won't be there to share your incredible sense of humor. I'm not sure if any of us will ever completely heal, you were a great man. I miss you tons and I love you! May your spirit live on forever, Karen Close
Your "Son" / Todd Erb (Nephew)  Read >>
Your "Son" / Todd Erb (Nephew)
Not a day has gone by i havent thought about you steve and im missing you like crazy. I will never forget the times we use to fight and the little girl running in the house to get her dad...or just seeing you every day when i would come over either seeing you walking on the treadmill or sitting in your chair. You where always there for us no matter what. We are so greatful for having you in our lives and it will never be the same now that you have left us for a better place....We will soon meet again and you can see your "Son" and i will be able to see my second father again. Close
I love you dad / Chris Henninger (Son)  Read >>
I love you dad / Chris Henninger (Son)
Well dad where do I start……it seemed like just the other night I was leaving the house and you were telling me that you loved me and that you were going to be alright, well dad I now know you weren’t going to be alright. You see you were pretty sick, but none of us could know this because you didn’t let us know. You knew you were sick, but you didn’t want to become a burden to us or actually have to go to the doctor, but I’m not mad at you for not telling us……..how could I ever be mad at you? My whole life you have given me any and everything that I have ever needed or wanted!!! It was because of you that I got to go my first baseball game, got my first car, and got the chance to go to college! I could go on forever dad, but I don’t have enough paper in the world to list out everything that you have ever done for me. You always made sure that Josh and I had everything we wanted. You know what dad, you taught me to be honest and throughout this whole process of you passing away I honestly think I have made every decision that you would want me too. You have taught Josh and I so much about life. You started by teaching me to tie my shoes, then how to spell such words as “together” and “receive” because the “I” comes after the “e” following a “c”, then you taught me how to throw a curveball, but none of that will ever compare to what you have taught me in the last 4 days of your life and that is how to be a unselfish loving man! Dad I am the way I am right now because of you. I know you had this disease for a long time before this week, this wasn’t something that just came this week and took you away from me and it amazes me to this day that I never once heard you complain about anything…..actually one week before you passed you worked your normal work day and then went to JR’s football game and came home just to go back into work from 11-6 the next day. You have put things into perspective for me dad. I know I will never complain about my internet not working or how rough my day was when I had to go to work and came home and slept for 10 hours. If you can go through what you want through and not complain once, then any of my problems I should be able to complain about. Dad I will never be half the man that you were I can hope that I can show my children half the things you showed me. Anyone that knows you knows how much of a loss occurred when you passed on Friday. People keep telling me that your in a better place, but I am not so sure that you are, you see I think a better place for you would be sitting next to me at OUR house watching the Yankees losing a playoff baseball game. Sorry dad, but that was just me being selfish in that last sentence, but again I’m just being honest!!! You know what is going to be one of the hardest things for me, is the next time I go to the track I won’t have a handicapping partner, but you better know that anytime there is a horse with your name in it I will be forced to bet it and I don’t care if its breaking your golden rule “bet with your head and not your heart!” Well dad I can’t keep writing right now the tears just won’t allow me to see the screen so I am going to wrap this letter up and tell you that I LOVE YOU SO MUCH and even though that you are not here with me I know that your always going to have my back. Because that is what you always did…..you would fix any problem I ever had. I just hope and pray that for the rest of my time I am able to make you proud when you are looking down on me from heaven. My whole life dad I have tried to make you proud of me because I can’t tell you how proud I am to be your son and I just want you to feel proud to be my dad. Tomorrow is going to be the worst day of my life because not only am going to have to say goodbye to a great man, and a FATHER, but tomorrow is going to be the last day I will ever have to say goodbye to my BESTFRIEND!!!!!! I LOVEYOU POPS, Christopher Close
Steven we love you / Marlene Erb (Best Friends)  Read >>
Steven we love you / Marlene Erb (Best Friends)
Steven, The first day that Willie and I met you, you shook our hands and told us you were Steven Henninger. You came to New York early to surprise Mary. From that day on we were family. Instead of being a brother-in-law you are our brother. We used to talk about dying and I told you and Willie I had to be the first to die because I couldn’t handle all this pain!! You didn’t listen very well to me. Sometimes I feel like it is a dream and I just haven’t woken up yet. When I had to keep calling the funeral home for the death certificates and they kept giving me the run around I really thought maybe you weren’t gone. I could just see the grin on your face and I believed you were playing a trick on us. The day I finally received the death certificates it made it so real!! I would take back all the bad things I ever had done just to have you back with us!! You have no idea how hard it is. I drive by your road every day and I always say to myself I have to pick you up for work but I know that I can’t ever do that again!! When you and Mary got a divorce I felt so bad for you. I know you were hurting very bad especially when I saw you cry for the first time. But you pulled yourself together and went on for your boys. It is so hard at work because radios are so quiet. When a sticker machine breaks on me I start to cry because you always fixed them for me. Now I get a boss to do it. You should be very proud of your boys because they have been doing well. The four kids are amazing making the slide show of your life. As we watch it I hope you are looking down at us and watching it with us. Please Steven, give me some of your strength to get me through this. You are one of the most amazing men that I have ever met!! You will be missed and loved forever!! We will see you again!! Close
I Love and miss you Steve / Amy Erb (Niece or his Little Angel)  Read >>
I Love and miss you Steve / Amy Erb (Niece or his Little Angel)
Every memory that I have in my life has you in it. You helped raise me from the time I was born. Thanks to you I was potty trained in a week. It’s also thanks to you that my favorite doll has a scar across her eye. I bet you had no idea when you were biting her eye off you would be forced to sew it back on. All the sports games we played you always picked me to be on your team even though I was not as good as the boys. You even took the time out to teach me about all games, rules, players but most importantly to love the Packers and Brewers. You were at every important event—dance recitals, games, birthdays, dances, graduation. I can’t think of a time when you weren’t there for anything, big or small, because there wasn’t any. Now I just think about what you aren’t going to be able to be there for---my 21st birthday in a couple months, college graduation, or for the four of us kids to get married and have kids of our own. Most of all you won’t ever be able to walk through my front door and sit on my couch, have me cut your hair, play another game of volleyball or basketball as a family, and I will never be able to hear you call me your little angel again. You gave me a lifetime full of fun and happiness in twenty years. Along with these memories are three that will always make that lump form in my throat. They are October 31st the last I saw you, November 9th the last time I called your house to talk to you and November 12th the last time I saw you alive. For as long as I can remember you called me your angel but what I never realized was that you are my angel. I was lucky enough to have two fathers in my life and I’m thankful for that and you every day. I love you! Close
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