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Obituary for Steven Thomas Garbo

April 12, 1975 – March 31, 2023

Steven Thomas Garbo, age 47, left this world too early on Friday, March 31, 2023, after a brief and unexpected illness. Steven was born in Racine on April 12, 1975, the son of Thomas and Karen (nee: Jensen) Garbo.

Steven Thomas Garbo
Steven Thomas Garbo

Steven attended St. Rita Grade School, St. Catherine’s High School, and graduated from Horlick High School, “Class of 1993.” He also attended UW-Parkside. For 25 years, he was employed as the automotive parts manager with his family at Garbo Motor Sales until the dealership’s closing in 2021. He most recently was employed with Hiller Ford in Franklin.

In the evenings and on weekends, you could find Steve hanging out with friends and enjoying all that life had to offer. From trivia nights in the park and Packers games at Lambeau Field to local concerts and festivals, Steven was most happy when he was having a good time with others.

As a roller coaster enthusiast, he frequently visited Cedar Point, Six Flags Great America, and other amusement parks around the country. When he wasn’t feeling the rush of adrenaline from a coaster, Steven was content being anywhere with the sun shining on his face, a cold beer in his hand, and his beloved dog, Bogie, by his side.

Steven will be fondly remembered for his kind demeanor, sense of humor, generosity, passion for nostalgia and tradition, and great love for his family. In his last act of kindness and generosity, Steven gave the gift of life by donating his organs in the hope that his spirit and love of life will be carried on in others.

Steven will be dearly missed by his parents, Thomas and Karen Garbo; his sister, Jennifer (Jeffrey) Shawhan and their children, Nolan, Sullivan, and Regan; his partner in life, John Matis; long-time friend, Peter Nys; other relatives and many friends.


Visitation will be held from 2 until 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, with a Celebration of Steven’s Life starting at 5 p.m. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Wisconsin Humane Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

Steven’s family and friends would like to thank the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at Froedtert Hospital and Versiti for their care and compassion.

Steven Thomas Garbo
Steven Thomas Garbo – Life Panel® courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home

Obituary and photo courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.

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