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Stephen Horbett

Stephen Horbett Burns
Stephen Horbett Burns passed away at home on November 6, 2014, in the company of close family after being diagnosed with cancer late last year.
Steve was born June 2, 1962, in Bedford, Indiana, to Louis and Rita (nee Horbett) Burns.
Steve is survived by his wife, Lisa (nee Heinen), son, Thomas, and daughter, Mary Beth. He is also survived by his mother, Rita (nee Horbett); two brothers, Peter (Julietta) of Monument, CO, and Andrew of Brooklyn, NY; sister, Marguerite, (Adolf Gundersen) of Madison, WI; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father Louis .
Steve attended Brookfield Central High School, Waukesha Technical College, and MSOE before taking over Greenfield Motors with his partner Kevin Schuchardt.
Steve and Lisa were married May 20, 1995, at St. Mary’s Visitation Parish in Elm Grove, WI.
The more you knew Steve, the more aware you were of his intense work ethic, an ethic rooted deeply in Steve’s commitment to serving faith, family, and customers. Steve was also determined, inquisitive, and savvy. He was well known as a master auto mechanic. Steve’s knowing hands also cultivated a veritable truck farm in the family’s back yard, built and maintained computer systems, and served up a constant stream of delicacies from the back yard grill, including world-class prime rib (when his beloved dog Fred let him).
With the exception of the occasional Packer game and Indy race, Steve most loved active outdoor pursuits that involved a mechanical element, usually at high speed. As a young man he toured the country racing scaled-down versions of Indy cars. As a father, he turned his attention to family pursuits. With young children at home, he split his time between tending to the house and garden, where he could not only roto-till with the best of them, but fix the tiller. As the children got older, Steve captained the ship for water sports and fishing and oversaw the kids’ snow-tubing behind an ATV in the backyard.
The family expresses its gratitude to all those who supported Steve in the months following his diagnosis. They also wish to thank the doctors and staff of Aurora Cancer Center, Seasons Hospice, the Rent-a-Daughters, and the medical staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for their many kindnesses and expert care.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Apostles Church, 16000 W. National Ave., New Berlin. Visitation will be at Holy Apostles from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service. Online condolences may be submitted at
Memorials may be given to the Burns children’s educational fund in care of Lisa Burns.
Heritage Funeral Homes
New Berlin Chapel
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Dale Reinders

I’m so sorry Lisa, Steve will be greatly missed! He was like the brother I never had I will miss him so much, I pray that him and my Dad are watching a race some where and enjoying there new life in heaven. Please let me know if you and the kids need anything, I will see you Friday xoxo

Ben Olson

To Steve’s family – Lisa and I are so sorry for your loss. We knew Steve through Greenfield Motors for over 25 years and always appreciated his knowledge and willingness to share his thoughts on our vehicles and on life in general. A brief chat with Steve was never possible as somehow it always turned into an interesting conversation. He was a good, honest man and we will certainly miss him. Our condolences go out to your entire family and to Kevin.

Ben Olson, New Berlin

Will Niewoehner

When Steve was around endless fun was sure to follow on 91st Street in Wauwatosa. He and I would have fun morning, noon, and night, day after day. It seemed like we could go on forever and ever thinking up new games (and new ways to get in trouble). However, sometimes it ended with his mom or dad standing in the front doorway of their brick house, saying in a loud voice (and a trace of a smile on their face), “Steven Horbett Burns, you get in here right now!” He and I knew then that fun was over for that day as he scurried home. I always knew when I heard “Horbett” from Mr. or Mrs. Burns, fun was done for that day. However, we never really learned to bring an end to the fun ourselves because we would do the same thing the next day as if we could play for an eternity! I was so sad when the end did come and the family moved from 91st Street in Wauwatosa. The neighborhood seemed so empty without him and his siblings. Steve was a great friend. And it sounds like he turned out to be a great husband and father, too. I look forward to heaven all the more knowing Steve is there to have fun forever (this time, for reals) just like it seemed each day on 91st Street.

Will Niewoehner – former neighbor from Wauwatosa

Aileen Conlin

Steve will be missed by all. Steve was so kind and thoughtful. He was a loving husband and father. He was so proud of his family. I so enjoyed our conversations over the years at our family parties.

Steve endured so much this past year. Our Lord gave him strength and now he is safely at home in heaven.

Aunt Aileen

dale reinders

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Christine Cross

Lisa, you and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers. Cousin Chrissy

Lisa Burns

Steve, I love you will all my heart! Your loving wife, Lis

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