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Steven E. Wasserman

Steven E. Wasserman passed away Dec. 24, 2013 due to complications of diabetes.

Born in Superior onMay 29, 1947 to Joseph and Elizabeth Wasserman. A graduate of Cathedral High School in Superior and the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

He is survived by his sons, Steve and Adam (Jennifer) Wasserman; grandchildren Zara and Gavin Wasserman; sister and brother-in-law Pattie and Gary Soliday; brother Tom Wasserman; and his sweetheart of 21 years, Deb Barton.

An avid sports enthusiast and participant from childhood, Steves love of baseball, basketball, football and golf, brought many wonderful friendships and much joy. His drive to be the best in the sport he was participating in, showed itself in many ways, including hitting practice balls on the driving range before dawn and then heading to school for a full day of teaching. Steve reflected on coaching football, baseball and girls basketball, with joy and watching the confidence grow in his players under his guidance.

Steve touched many lives and perhaps his greatest impact and professional passion was in his love of being a teacher, coach, career counselor and in his words, a "semi-butt kicker". His students learned quickly, he was a tough taskmaster, expected their best, but knew he would be their advocate and greatest ally to help them succeed. He cherished the many friendships from his years teaching at Superior High School and looked forward everyday to going there to try to make a difference. Steve regretfully retired after his stroke and a day didnt go by that he didnt miss his time at the high school.

Steve and Deb decided in March of 2011 to head west to warmer weather in the San Diego area and most importantly, to be close to the grandkids, Zara and Gavin, to share in their lives and watch them grow. Truly to Steves delight, he welcomed every chance to baby-sit, which meant time in grandpas "free zone", fun in the pool with squirt guns, too many treats at the house, endless hours watching cartoons, with the main goal to spoil his grandkids every chance he could.

Our hearts are heavy with his passing, but comforted knowing that he lived his life in a career he loved, loved fiercely those important to him and cherished those he called his friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and younger brother Mark.

A celebration of his life will be held next summer in Superior.