Steve was one of the most generous men that I ever knew. We became friends when I played hockey at the UW. We had many road trips to hockey games and beaver would never say no to a friend in need.God Bless you my friend!
Dear Gretchen and family; We want to extend our sympathy at the loss of Steve. He was a good friend and family man. Our prayers are with you all. Dan and Margie
I was blessed to know Steve, even if just a short time. My heart goes out to his wonderful family. May you find peace and comfort in the days to come. Thinking of you.
My heart goes out to you and your family.I am sure that words are not enough to help comfort you at this time but know that we are thinking of you and sending prayers your way.
Jennifer Bauer (Xistris)
My greatest sympathies to the family and all those that knew Mr. Badalich.
Dearest Gretchen & family; Stephanie, Bo,
Gregg & Jeff
Steve was a unique man who had the biggest heart and touched the lives of many. He adored and was very proud of his family and dear Gretchen. He loved talking about you and shared many happy memories of all. Yet, he warmly welcomed his many friends in such a way that you felt like family. I feel truly blessed to have Steve, Gretchen and family in my life. What an honor to have known this vibrant, loving, caring and generous man.
You are all in my thoughts, my heart, and my prayers. Wishing you and your family strength and peace. With deepest sympathy. Love to all! Dottie
Gretchen and family, Beaver had an infectious personality, always greeting you like you we're the most important person in the world..
We will miss those great times at Midland Hills with Steve..LOVE
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We will always remember Steve as our special order person at UW Provisions.
Badger Tavern & Clementi's Lounge and Restaurant. (John & Char Clementi)
Jeff,Gregg,Paul and Stephanie,
I'm sorry to hear about your Dad's Passing.He was a Wonderful Uncle to me.I have Great Memories of coming to stay with My Aunt Diane and her Family in the summer time. May Peace be with you all.
Love you, Cousin Lori
Dearest Gretchen and family,
Our hearts go out to you tonight as we are praying for you and your family. How Steve adored you, Gretchen, and took such good care of you. Is there any other husband that made sure the water bottles, were unscrewed , before he left, so you would not have any trouble opening them? He was the master of hors d oeuvres and would not let you work in the kitchen, but beamed when he could serve all of us!! What wonderful memories we have with you two. Steve always welcomed us like family and when he hugged you, you knew you were loved. He listened and he truly cared!! How proud he was of his family and the only man we know that had his laundry room totally "papered" with all of the people he cherished. And look at that radiant smile!!! WOW!! It says it all!! (and that great hair!) There was only one Steve Badalich, who had the biggest heart, and who gave so much to this hurting world. Thank you, God for putting him into our life !! We look forward to someday be reunited with him in heaven. Now, wrap your loving arms around precious Gretchen and his family and hold them close as they walk through these difficult days!
WE LOVE YOU ALL! KEN AND SANDE
How we are praying for you, dear Gretchen and your entire family. You know how much we loved Steve!! Have you ever seen such a smile?? And he had the greatest hugs --the kind you knew you were truly loved. Through the years we have shared such wonderful memories. You were family to us--through the sunshine and the storms. Steve was always a great listener and truly cared about our family. He had an unbelievable spirit! We thank God for putting him into our life and look forward to when we will be reunited with him, again in heaven !May God bless each one of you and hold you close through these difficult days.
HOW WE LOVE YOU!! KEN AND SANDE
Thank you Steve. You helped us out when we needed it most.
Gretchen, Stefie,Bo, Greg,Jeff,All,
I feel your loss along with you, as Steve was a part of my life life for 54 years. I first met Steve at the Mt.Horeb golf course, I was 12 yrs old. He was golfing, I was selling golf balls I had found. He proceeded to buy all I was selling for double what was asking. He than said "Kid" you better get back to work and find some more, as I will need more next week". That lead to being his caddy, his spending countless hours teaching me how to golf, giving me golf clubs that I otherwise could not afford. From the first time we met to the last time we talked, he always called me "Kid Gullick". For me he was a big brother, a Mentor, but most of all a best friend, whom I loved and respected. I will miss him greatly along with all of you.
To Gretchen and the Badalich family,
Sending our sincere condolences. We are so appreciative of everything that Steve did for Camp Confidence.
Our sympathy to Gretchen, the children and grandchildren. Beaver and my Dad, Charles Lefty Smith were best of friends in SSP high school and throughout their lives. Beaver was very generous to all of us in the Smith family over the years, is fondly remembered and will be missed by all.
Deepest condolences to Steve's family from one of his SSP High classmates. We were very proud of him as an athlete, and it is clear that he was a devoted father and grandfather, as well as a great humanitarian. A contribution will be sent to the SSP Ed. Foundation in his memory.
Tom Kennelly, C '47
To the Badalich Family:
My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this tough time. Steve hired me to work at UWP almost 35 years ago. He taught us all so much and we have many happy memories of him. I am honored to have known him, and the smile on his face in this picture says it all. God Blessing's Mr. "B"
I am so sad to hear this news. Uncle Steve will always be in my heart as one of my favorite uncles. Thinking of all you and wishing I could be there. Much love, Pammy (what he always called me) Maerz
I am very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working for Steve and Jim for many, many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dear Mrs. Badalich,
I was sorry to hear of the death of your husband Steve.
What a Great man! Even though I have only known him since 2008, we clicked immediately. Having been raised in Mn, leant to a special friendship. He always called me "Coach", as I am sure he referred to all of the Golf Professionals he knew.
Before every Christmas, he always came to me and asked how many Starters & Rangers I had. Then a couple of days later he handed me an envelop full of cash. As the majority of my staff were volunteers, this meant a Great Deal to them.
He always stopped by in and said hi every morning he was at Rosedale.
Now he is in heaven with all of his friends he has known for many years.
We will miss him dearly, but we know he is in an incredibly wonderful place forever!
Head Golf Professional
Rosedale G & CC
To Bo, Steph, Greg and Jeff,
I am sorry to hear of your dad's passing. To say he was a great man is an understatement. Two of my fondest memories were the football Sunday's when he'd cook up a prime rib and we would watch games all afternoon. The other was almost every night during the hockey season, at around 10:30PM, he would wake up from a light nap in his chair and ask for "the scores". Then upon hearing would say, "these damn West Coast games are going to kill me!".
Your dad was the ultimate "giver" and that's something I learned from him and strive to emulate in my life. I will always cherish the memories and the time I was able to spend with him.
Gretchen, Jeff, Gregg, Bo and Stephanie,
My heart goes out to all of you. May your hearts be filled with love as a peacefulness will come to you knowing your husband and dad is not suffering anymore. What a wonderful, generous and fun loving person he was. Beaver was definitely loved by the entire Smith family. We appreciate you sharing this great man with us. He brought so much happiness to our dad and we are so grateful to have been a part of his life. We all have great memories of our times together.
Sending each one of you a big hug,
Sheila (Smith) Stransky
To Gretchen, daughters and sons, grandchildren and friends:
Today, let's praise God, Jesus and Mary for bringing into our lives Steve. What an example he gave to all of us how to live our lives by loving God and one another.
Steve was truly a product of his humble beginnings in South St. Paul. A tireless worker and a true, true friend of all. He loved laughter, he loved life and he loved to help anyone who was in need.
Through his life-long friend, the late Charles "Lefty" Smith, I got to know Steve. The Notre Dame hockey trips to Madison, Wis., weren't always successful on the ice. But away from it, the Irish were undefeated thanks to Steve. I don't think we laughed harder than after hearing the stories of Lefty and Beaver during their days in hockey and baseball in Minnesota.
And I always remember that it was Steve who was responsible for one of the greatest days I ever enjoyed as a father. My daughter Katie was just getting good at golf, and the Sarasota-Manatee Youth Golf Tour had a stop at Rosedale Golf & Country Club, where Steve and Gretchen winter. Gretchen was already at home in the Twin Cities when Steve gave Katie and I a pre-tournament tour of Rosedale and then came out to watch her play. After a first-hole bogey that included a lost ball, Katie ran off a string of pars, upping and downing it around the green on several holes before encountering some problems on the back nine.
Katie faced a 5-foot putt on the final hole to break 80 for the first time in her life, and when she made it, the tears of joy flowing down her face were matched by those of her mother Lynn, Steve and me.
I can never, ever repay Steve for that moment, one of many he provided my family and me during a more than four-decade friendship in Wisconsin, Indiana and Florida.
Passing Exit 217 on I-75 in Bradenton is going to be an emotional time for me from now on. Please feel free, Gretchen, to get in touch with me if you ever need help with anything. My son Matthew and his friends are just a few miles away.
I imagine that Steve, Lefty and their friends are enjoying their reunion in Heaven and can't wait until we all come to join them. We will as long as we do what they did: Love God first and love our friends and neighbors second.
See you soon, Steve. Say hello to Lefty and Micky and make sure you make the tailgates Mom and sister Diane put together for Notre Dame games.
Greg, Kelly, Connor, Logan and Garret sorry to hear about the death of your father/grandfather. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
To the entire Badalich Family,
I am so sad to hear of Steve's passing. He was a very special man and I have many fond childhood memories of him and your entire family. This picture made me smile! I will keep you all in my prayers.
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Steve but his son Gregg is married to my niece... and I sense that the apple did not fall far from the tree ... looking at Gregg and his family. Our hearts go out to all of you... hold on tight to those dear memories ..... and know his spirit will be with you always!
Steph and family-
Big daddy as I've heard him referenced was loved by so many, but I'm not sure he could have ever been loved more than by his daughter! She respected, adored and cherished every moment of their lives together. Love goes out to you my great friend Steph! Please know that as corny as this sounds, he still walks along with you everyday!
Gretchen and Family - Sorry to hear of Steve's passing. While Steve had many unique skills, one really stood out. He had this unique skill of creating love in every setting; whether family, friends, team or visiting. I will always remember our times together. Steve had time for everyone.
Steve had a special and unique skill when it came to creating a feeling of "love" in everything he did; whether family, friendships, team settings or just visiting. He simply caused you to love everything about him and he did it for all the right reasons. I will always treasure our time together. It was all about life tied in to sports.
Gretchen and kids,
I am very sorry for your loss.Please know that the thoughts and prayers of our entire family are with you folks and anything we can do please do not hesitate to let us know. I am so happy that we got a chance to visit a few weeks back when we were in town on vacation. Love to you all.....
Tommy Smith and Family
Today I got the sad news of the passing of Steve Badalich. Steve was the co-owner of UW Provision and vice president of UWP till he retired.
Steve was known to us all as “Mr B” and he was very instrumental to the major growth of UW Provision along with being my boss and he had a major impact on my life. Gods speed to you Mr B you were an awesome mentor and will be sorely missed by us all.
Uncle Steve was such a wonderful man. The many visits through the years to our cabin in WI, to listening to him with his brothers John and George, to visiting Steve and Gretchen in FL, are all some of my best memories. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends during this difficult time.
Good Day To All , Sorry to hear that Steve as passed on, but what a wonderfull person. I own Glenn's Market & Catering for 33 years. Steve was one of the handful of poeple that belived I could make it and helped in many ways. I haven't seen Steve for a long time but will never foget how I got to this point. Thanks Steve we will see uou on the other side. Glenn Roberts
Gretchen and Children ~ I am so sorry to you all for your loss. I am honored to of known him. Always the straight-forward, honest man with a sense of humor and a very big heart. I watched his whole being just light up whenever any of you were near. You were all the loves of his life.
If I can be of help in any way please don`t hesitate to ask.
My deepest sympathy to you all,
Gretchen and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Steve years ago at Midland Hills and enjoyed many rounds with him, Kid-Goulick, and Chuck. I looked forward to seeing him each time I was invited to Midland Hills. What an amazing man. May special memories bring you comfort and peace.