Tabitha, Stephen, Andrew and Jordan Mehki; grandchildren: Luke and Cade Wasner, Hailey and Madilyn Wasner, Kayleen Gekle and Josephine and Emmett Mehki. He is also survived by his sister: Suzanne Wasner from Franklin, Tennessee; three half-brothers: Harold (Alinda) Wasner of Beverly Hills, Michigan, Hans (Mary) Wasner of Richland Hills, Texas and Jim Wasner of Chicago, Illinois; a half-sister: Helga (Robert) Wetzel of Merced, California; and numerous extended family members and friends.
From the time he was a child, Stephen knew he wanted to drive a big rig as his career. That dream came true when he started as a driver at Overnite Transportation, later moving to Hyman Freightways, where he joined the Teamsters Local 299. After ten years with Hyman Freightways, he landed a job with USF Holland, where he met many people who remained his friends until his passing. He was forced to retire from USF Holland in 2008 due to his advancing disease. However, both of his sons, Christopher and Thomas, have continued in the tradition he started by choosing careers in the transportation and logistics industry.
Friends and family remember Stephen for his offbeat sense of humor and talent for storytelling, engaging listeners with comical impressions of the speech habits and mannerisms of his subjects. He spent his free time fishing, traveling around Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula and caring for the home he shared with his wife Deana. He and Deana are the proud grandparents of several grandchildren, frequently hosting them for overnights and craft sessions.
Family and friends may gather from 2:00 until 8:00pm on Friday, January 1, 2015 at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe (734)... http://www.monroenews.com/news/2015/dec/30/stephen-edward-wasner/
I was feeling a bit tired so was lying down on the bed relaxing, and he walked in a put a Lego character – Emmett from the Lego Movie – holding the ring, with stickers spelling out 'will you marry me?' on pieces of Lego. It was very cool, and of course I said yes.
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Location of wedding:
We had the wedding service as an open ceremony at Knox Church, Dunedin. We were able to invite lots of people to this and had an afternoon tea at the church for all of our guests. This was a great way for us to invite heaps of people to join us on the day.
After the ceremony we had a private meal for just the bridal party, and then a cocktail reception at the Otago Museum. I had insisted on spending a large amount on lights to make a 'light curtain' right around the museum atrium and it looked absolutely stunning.
Describe your wedding day:
Having a mid-winter wedding is always a concern about the weather, and in fact the week before there had been a large snow dump in Dunedin. Luckily we had a beautiful frosty morning and sunshine all day. It was chilly, but absolutely stunning blue skies.
Phil and his boys had forgotten about the photographer coming to photograph them getting ready, and he had to go round to the local pub to find them playing pool. Whereas it was busy for us, getting hair and makeup done.
We arrived only a tiny bit late for the ceremony. Our minister/celebrant was a principal from the school my dad taught at, and he was absolutely amazing. He is an Economics teacher, as am I, and he made fantastic links to Economics for me throughout the service.
We had photos at the end of the service, which included everyone who was there, and was a lovely way to include all the guests.
We didn't get to stay at the afternoon tea very long as the winter light meant we had to rush to go for our photos. We had these at the Dunedin Railway Station and the Botanic Gardens, and it was freezing! Luckily we had the cars to sit in between photos.
Our reception was lovely, and there was heaps of dancing and a photobooth. We had the Lego themed wedding, so naturally we had a Lego themed cake, which my mum... http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/weddings-of-the-week/75439938/stuffs-wedding-of-the-week