Dr. Stephen Veselak, D.C., of Antigo, died Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at Autumn Lane in Birnamwood. He was 61 years old. He was born on June 10, 1958, in Milwaukee, a son of Phyllis Veselak of Wausau and the late Kenneth Veselak.
Steve graduated from Elcho Public School in 1976. He attended Marian University College of Nursing graduating in 1979. He later graduated from Palmer College Chiropractic-West Sunnyvale, Iowa in 1996.
Dr. Veselak was an independent chiropractor and later worked for Allied Health of Wisconsin in Antigo.
Steve enjoyed riding his specialty bicycles for miles and miles. He was an excellent down-hill and cross country skier. He also enjoyed playing tennis and other sports. One of his great passions was singing in church on Sundays at the Church of Christ in Aniwa. Steve greatly enjoyed playing his drums with his late great friend Gary Hartl. Steve, Gary and Eileen Hartl spent many summer evenings and afternoons on the deck listening to Brewer Baseball.
In addition to his mother, survivors include three children, Ash Veselak of Longview, Wash., Austin Veselak of Manitowoc and Ali (Josh) Veselak-Arcuri of Clare, Mich.; grandchildren, Alana, Hunter, Harlee, Maverick and Atticus; a brother, David (Cindi) Veselak of Wausau; mother-in-law, Elaine Monnot of Pickerel; as well as nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Christopher Veselak; loving companion, Rita Veselak; and father-in-law, Gary Monnot.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 2 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home with Ray Guenthner officiating. Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home from 12 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Elcho at a later date.
The family would like to give a shout out to the staffs of Autumn Lane and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice for the excellent care given to Steve.
"I worked with Steve at a bike shop in Davenport, IA in 1992 and 1993, and always remembered him as a kind, cheerful, considerate, and funny man. I think of him every time I hear a Wisconsin accent: his was so noticeable that we nicknamed him "Hey Dere"! I haven't seen him since then, but thought to google him today and was floored to find out that he'd passed. I will continue to remember him, and will think of him as I ride my bike. Really a fine human being,"
"Knew Steve in high school. Class act...good guy. The bicycle note made me smile. While in high school a couple of us avid bicyclist were analyzing the height of Steve's bike as it was built for someone who was at least 8 feet tall and fit him just fine at 5 foot 10. He won the race."
"Steve was s great chiropractor, knew exactly where to ?hit the spot ? always had a smile on his face.KIND Man,condolences to his family and friends ?"
"Condolences to the Veselak family and to Eileen Hartl. It was a pleasure knowing Steve, so sad watching his decline, a kind and sweet man. "
"I have know Steve since 2008 myself and my granddaughter saw him about every other week he was the best Dr he fixed us up. We will miss you. Im sorry for your loss"
"Phyllis and family - so sorry to hear about Steve's passing. He was such a wonderful guy and had such a great smile. I know he is in heaven joining Gary in a long bike ride and lots of music. God Bless - Ann Majewski"
"Rest in peace Dr. Steve! Will always remember our tennis matches. Prayers for all of you and may God help you through your sorrow."
"I am sending out my prayers and thoughts at this time. I really enjoyed working with Steve before he moved to the nursing home. He was a joy and a blessing to work for. I enjoyed all of my time with him. So sorry for your loss. Diane Stefanski "