Stephen J. "Duke" Kotlar
1952 - 2020
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Stephen J. "Duke" Kotlar

Green Bay - Stephen J. "Duke" Kotlar, 68, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, September 12, 2020. He was born August 7, 1952, in Iron Mountain, MI to the late John and Toini (Moilanen) Kotlar.

Steve was a graduate of Kingsford High School, Class of 1970. There he excelled in sports including football, basketball, and track. He later graduated from Ferris State College in Michigan, with a Degree in Business Management and Social Work. On June 19, 1976, Steve married his high school sweetheart, Denise Tramontin, at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford, MI. In 1977, they moved to Green Bay where he began working for the Boys and Girls Club, and later for Procter and Gamble as an industrial engineer.

Steve was an avid Packers fan and loved attending games. He often traveled to the U.P. where he would hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors with his buddies. More recently, he and his family spent time at their cottage on the Menominee River relaxing and taking pontoon rides. He liked to travel, taking trips every winter to Florida with Denise. Spending time with his family was a priority for Steve. He loved being with his children and grandchildren. Steve loved coaching his daughters' basketball teams at St. Bernard School and their Allouez Girls Softball teams. Steve was a member of St. Bernard Parish and the Knights of Columbus Monsignor Borusky Council #10243. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great storyteller.

Steve is survived by his wife, Denise; his daughters, Jessie (Kaveh) Barakhshan, Jenny (Jon) Daubner; his grandchildren, Soriah, Cyrus, Emma, and Noah; mother-in-law, Elaine (Robert) Capra; sisters-in-law Marlea (Richard) Weber and Dawn Tramontin (Roger Heinzman); brother-in-law, Ward McDonough; his nieces and nephews, Brian (Amee) Hord, Chris (Amy) Hord, Meghan McDonough, and Kathleen (Jimmy) Liska.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Janet McDonough.

Services are pending and will be announced by Proko-Wall Funeral Home for a Memorial Mass to be held at a later date. On-line condolences may be given at www.prokowall.com.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Aurora Bay Care Hospital and Aurora at Home for their compassionate care.




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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Sep. 15 to Sep. 17, 2020.
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September 18, 2020
What comes to mind when I think about working with Steve? His kindness to new employees and willingness to coach. His love for his wife and his pride in his girls. God bless! Deb and Bill Corriveau
Deb Corriveau
Coworker
September 17, 2020
Sorry to hear of your lost Steve was a great guy
Bruce W. Olson
Friend
September 17, 2020
What can you say at a time like this for such a personal loss. I pray you find comfort and peace in the family and friends that are around you and thinking of you now. God be with you Denise and your family!
Kathy (Provencher) Henry
Friend
September 17, 2020
What can be said to console a loss like this! My thoughts and prayers are with you Denise and family. I pray you find comfort and piece in family and friends. You’re in my thoughts.
Kathy Provencher Henry
Kathy Henry
Friend
September 17, 2020
We are so sad to hear of your family’s loss. Thinking of you with love and concern.
Sincerely,
The Dan and Paula Pasterski family
Paula Pasterski
Neighbor
September 16, 2020
Denise and family,
May you find peace and comfort in the Dear Lord. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless You.
Roger and Lynda Shaha
Roger and Lynda Shaha
Acquaintance
September 16, 2020
Denise, my heart goes out to you and the girls. May God comfort you knowing Steve is with his Lord and at peace. Treasure all the memories. I always enjoyed being with you both through the working years. God bless you.
Joyce & Tom Miller
Coworker
September 16, 2020
Denise and family,
My condolences to you and my prayers for Duke. We were a year apart in school and I will always remember his subtle sense of humor and his strong character. He was a friend to all of us at KHS and will always have a special place in our memory.
Jim Franson
Friend
September 16, 2020
We are deeply saddened to hear about Steve’s passing. Steve knew how to make everyone feel good, whether with a compliment, a joke, or a warm smile. He will be sorely missed. Our condolences to the entire Kotlar family, but especially to my dear friend Denise. You are in my heart and in my loving thoughts.
Connie and Doug Hauser
Friend
September 16, 2020
Denise,
Very sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. We are thinking and praying for you and your family. John and Mary Brooks
John Brooks
Friend
September 16, 2020
Denise and family, my prayers go out to you during such a heartbreaking time. May all your memories guide you thru the days ahead.
Suzie (Henry) Haberman
Classmate
September 16, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences! May he Rest In Peace. You are in our hearts and prayers in these difficult times.

Farnaz Fadavi & Khashayar Ghazimorad
Farnaz Fadavi
September 16, 2020
May the love of friends, family and our Heavenly Father carry you through dear Ones... Our hearts are heavy for your hurt and yet with hope and peace look forward to a day when we are all reunited in our Heavenly Home. I am grateful for the memories I have, thinking back to how Steve smiled watching each of you. All our love, Amee and Brian Hord
Amee Hord
Family
September 16, 2020
Denise and Family, my heart aches for you as you go through this most difficult time.
Roberta Robbins
Acquaintance
September 15, 2020
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