Eddie VerHalen, 79, of Tucson AZ and formerly Whitefish Bay WI, entered eternal life on Aug 2, 2020.
He loved and cherished his surviving wife of 41yrs, Joanne, sons Joshua, Edward Scott (Lisa), Cary (Jean), Matt (Sarah), and daughter Tina McConnohie (Doug) and beloved sister Vicki Gumina (Fred) along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends, choir members and neighbors were also an integral part of his life in Tucson.
His nature was cheerful, creative, gentle, prayerful, kind and loving. He was a dog lover, a movie fan, an NCIS fan, a music fan, a nature lover, a tool collector, a natural athlete at all he tried, an avid vacuumer and later, a Swiffer floor specialist.
In early years Eddie was a Pella product representative and also a paid on-call firefighter for Oconomowoc. In 1978 he was a licensed EMT/Paramedic Firefighter for the city of Glendale, WI. He was chosen to be on the first team for the North Shore Communities “MED 8”. He instructed at Waukesha Co. Tech Institute in fire science and EMT training.
After retiring from the fire department, he turned to his creative talents, perfecting his woodworking and furniture building skills. Eddie attended fine woodworking classes at the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass CO, learning from the best.
As his lack of mobility increased, he returned to photography for adventure. Twenty-eight years a desert dweller, the lens consumed his time, along with computer enhancements of his photos. Eddie’s adventurous nature motivated him to photograph all outdoors, from many Western National Parks, seashores, forests, missions, waterfalls, and the wilderness. He was a member of Professional Photographers of America and Who’s Who in Professional Imaging.
Faith in God was important in bearing his burden. At Holy Family in Whitefish Bay, he was a participant in the evangelization team, small faith communities, and Catholic co- chair for Catholic-Jewish home dialogue for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. In his later years, he loved being a choir member for 20yrs at St. Pius X in Tucson.
Eddie loved life, and those he shared it with. He will be greatly missed by his co-adventurer, Jo.
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