Michael Anthony Fuchsteiner, 80 years old, of La Crosse, WI died May 13, 2021, at Mayo Health in La Crosse. He was born in La Crosse on March 23, 1941 to Alphonse (Babe) Fuchsteiner and Dolores (Laurie) Fuchsteiner. Mike attended Holy Trinity Grade School and Aquinas High School, graduating in 1959. He proudly served in the US Air Force from 12/28/1960 to 12/7/1964 as an aircraft mechanic during the time of the Vietnam War. Mike was educated as an electrician and worked thirty plus years for Klich Electric, Papenfuss Electric and Stanek Electric. He married Linda Riese and they had two sons, Nicholas and Alex. They later divorced. On July 19, 2002, he married Julie Moore.
Mike is survived by his wife Julie, sons Nicholas (Amanda) and Alex (Chastity), brother Steve (Judy), sisters Peggy Gonzales, Sara (Robin) Holznecht, and Maripat Coughlin, beloved grandchildren, Ivy and Ian, Lexi, Emma and Riley; sister-in-law Nancy Mollen and brothers-in-law, Tod Kovara, Terry (Dee) Kovara and Dan (Claudia) Kovara, numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Tim Coughlin. Things that made Michael smile were his wife Julie, his children and grandchildren, a Bucky Badger win, a peanut butter and pickle sandwich, classic Carver wood boats, CJ7 Jeeps, his family trip to Alaska, sitting in front of a roaring fire and a well-mixed Jim Beam and water. He was a proud veteran who loved his country. He also enjoyed membership in various clubs such as the VFW Post 1530, the American Legion Post 52, Badger Sportsman Club, the Holy Trinity Men’s Club and Ducks Unlimited. Mike served as a Boy Scout Leader which afforded him wonderful experiences and memories with his sons. Mike taught a gun safety class to many young first-time hunters. He was a fifty-year member of I.B.E.W.
A Mass of Christian Burial for the immediate family will be held on June 5th, at 10:00 A.M., at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, 530 Main St, La Crosse, WI. Burial will be at the La Crosse Catholic Cemetery immediately following the mass. A celebration of life will be held at Huck Finn’s, 129 Marina Dr, La Crosse, Wi. beginning at 12:00 to 3 PM the same day. There will be no visitation. The family requests no flowers. The Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home, 1501 West Ave. So., assisted the family with arrangements. Memorials are preferred to The Salvation Army located at 223 N 8th St, La Crosse, WI. or the Wreaths Across America (WAA). WAA is an organization dedicated to placing memorial wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery and over 2100 other veteran locations in the United States to remind people how important it is to remember, honor and teach. To donate, the WAA website is wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Our thanks for the wonderful care and compassion Mike received from Mayo Clinic Health System – especially Drs. Gill and Berendes, along with his care team: Emma, Abram, Erin, Makayla, Matt, Lori and so many more.
Michael will forever be remembered and held lovingly in our hearts.