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Furniture Rep Eric James Steinhafel Dies at 60

Eric James Steinhafel, longtime furniture manufacturer’s representative, passed away on Tuesday, March 19 at age 60.

Born on March 1, 1959, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Jim and Jean Steinhafel, Eric is brother to Gary and Ellen, cousin to Mark, and second-cousin to Andrew Steinhafel - owners of Steinhafels Furniture.

Steinhafel started his career as a salesman at Wickes Furniture in Chicago. He spent the last 37 years as a furniture manufacturer’s representative in Wisconsin for companies such as PeopLoungers, Jackson-Catnapper, Overnight Sofa, and Classic Home.

Elaine Haskey, Steinhafels upholstery buyer for the past 33 years recalls, “Eric loved the business, and will be remembered for his big personality, sense of humor, and love of life!”

Steinhafel was an avid fisherman, cook, hunter, and sports enthusiast. He will always be loved, and greatly missed. He is also survived by his loving son James Steinhafel, mother Jean, sisters Linda Stark and Lisa Kassuba, brother Gregg Steinhafel, and many nieces and nephews.

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Dave Delott    2 years ago

Eric was a fun guy with a great laugh wonderful sense of humor and warm smile. May he Rest In Peace.

Daryl Kleiman    3 years ago

So sad. Eric was full of life and extremely generous. May his memory be a blessing.

Daryl Kleiman    3 years ago

So sad to hear of Eric’s passing. He was full of life and a very generous person. May his memory be a blessing.

Ron Rousseau    3 years ago

Eric and I were friends for over 30 years. I will miss humor and his bigger than life personality. His knowledge and love for sports was second to none. If you’ve ever had the experience of sharing a fishing or hunting trip with Eric it was him at his best. I will always cherish his friendship and the sorrows that we have shared. I will forever remember the time we have spent together. I loved him like a brother and honored to share or time together as friends. Farewell to a great friend father and great dad to James G Steinhafel. Till we meet again bagei!
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