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Steven L. O’Connor

Milwaukee – Steven O’Connor, 51, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday August 28th. Loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was born December 6, 1967 in Green Bay, WI to Lawrence and Patsy O’Connor. He attended Southwest High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Steve stayed in Milwaukee after college, started a business and resided in Whitefish Bay. He married Aimee Speed on November 24, 2007. Steve, an entrepreneur, built a local landscaping business and enjoyed his many customers and co-workers.

Steve loved to spend time with his family, go fishing, and play with his sassy cats. But his son Henry was the center of his life, and he was deeply proud and honored to be Henry’s dad.

Steve enjoyed family trips to Arbor Vitae and camping in the Hazelhurst area with family and friends, along with a couple of “the boys” fishing trips every year. “O’Connor’s Pub” was always open during Packer games. In his youth, he’d vacation at the family cabin in Crivitz, disappearing for hours on end on his mini bike or snowmobile. A few people might have known Steve to be stubborn (a trait he may or may not have inherited from his father).

Steve is survived by his wife, Aimee, son, Henry. Mother Patsy O’Connor, brother Mike O’Connor (Donna), sister Lori Kneeland (Tim), mother-in-law Lynn Speed, sister-in-law Angela Speed (Joe Boblick), brother-in-law David Speed (Shannon). Nieces and nephews, Courtney, Alexander, Connor, Quinn, Ryan, Kemily, Ruby, Collin and Claire. Steve had many important aunts, uncles and special cousins as well as an amazing group of friends. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence, and father-in-law, Charles Speed.

The family will receive calls of condolence on August 31, 2019 at 11:00 with a brief service at 12:30 at Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home, 4750 North Santa Monica Boulevard, Whitefish Bay, WI 53211. Friends and family will be welcomed to share a brief story about Steve during the service. The family welcomes friends to join us following the service at The Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 West Lexington Boulevard, Glendale, WI 53217, for continued storytelling and the celebration of Steve’s life. Steve liked beer (a trait he may or may not have inherited from his mother).

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Henry O’Connor Education MY529 Fund, Wisconsin Public Radio, or American Heart Association.

Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home
4750 North Santa Monica Boulevard (414) 964-3111

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  1. Kelly Wolf 08/29/2019 11:21 am

    We loved Steve “O” very much! We send our love to Aimee and Henry. Condolences to you and the entire family during this hard time. You are in our thoughts and prayers now and always!

    Love always,

    Brian, Kelly, Josey and Zaeno Wolf (Green Bay)

  2. Jeff Selner 08/29/2019 1:13 pm

    My condolences to Aimee, Henry, and the rest of the O’Connor family. There are no words to described the shock and sadness I feel after hearing of Steve’s passing.

    So many memories of hanging with O’ from grade school thru high school. Playing pool in the basement while jamming his brothers stereo. St. Agnes days. Adventures in that Chevy Chevette, parties, all memories I hold even more dear today.

    Godspeed my friend.
    Jeff “Sel” & Bridgette Selner, Luxemburg WI

  3. Stiles 08/29/2019 4:28 pm

    God Bless you and Henry at this most difficult time. Cherish the memories, they will help to comfort you and your Family.

  4. Kay and Clara Merkel/Whitehead 08/31/2019 2:03 pm

    Dear Aimee,
    We are so sorry for the loss you and Henry are experiencing. We have not stopped thinking of you both and will continue to hold you in our hearts. The love and care you have shared will help keep you through this traumatic time. Be gentle with yourself and may only memories you hold dear comfort you like a warm hug.
    With love and compassion,
    Kay Whitehead and Clara Merkel


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