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Stephen M. Wirt
  • Bay Area Women's Center
    P.O. Box 1458
    Bay City, MI 48706
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Bay County
    300 W. Lafayette Ave.
    Bay City, MI 48706
  • McLaren Hospice of Bay City
    2110 16th Street
    Bay City, MI 48708

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“Dena and Daniel: We are so sorry to hear about your husband and father, Steve. Sending love and sympathy from Denver. Howard and Carol (Spickler)...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Carol Spickler Boigon - Denver, CO

“We go way back. I was born 1 day before Steve in the same year. His business helped my wife, Marie, lease equipment for her embroidery business. We...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: Dennis & Marie Kubczak - MI

“Dena and Daniel, We were so saddened to hear of Steve's passing. What an outstanding community leader! He was so generous and caring. Our thoughts...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: Gary and Ginny Gordon - MI

“Our hearts sincerely go out to you and your family Dena. Steve's life coupled with yours has impacted entire communities by leading, serving,...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: Tom and Sibyl Clark - Essexville, MI

“Steve and I grow up together in Bay City; we were just a few days apart in age. We were in school together and of course, had our Bar Mitzvahs around...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: stewart taylor - Israel

“Dear Dena and family,I cannot put into words how saddened I am to hear of Steve's passing. Growing up together we shared many good times some of...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Mike Timm - Plano, TX

“Heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Dena and the entire Wirt Family. ”
7 of 32 | Posted by: Louie & Kathy Kaczynski - MI

“Dena, Saddened to hear of Steve's passing. Your family has been a source of some fond memories. ”
8 of 32 | Posted by: Jerry Lombardo

“Dear Dena, Daniel and Jordon, Thinking of you all and sending warm thoughts and prayers your way. ”
9 of 32 | Posted by: Martha and Mike O'Flaherty - CO

“My condolences to Steve's family. I worked for Steve when I was in college. He was a very nice man and I learned a lot while I was there. ”
10 of 32 | Posted by: Jessica Schlicht - Vassar, MI

“Dear Dena and family,Our thoughts are with you during this most difficult time.Kathy and Ernie Dansereau & Megan Long ”
11 of 32 | Posted by: Kathy Dansereau - Canton, OH

“God Bless your family during your time of grief. Please accept my condolences, ”
12 of 32 | Posted by: Zigmond Kozicki - Midland, MI

“Wirt Family-So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. You are all in my prayers. ”
13 of 32 | Posted by: Matt Reinbold - Essexville, MI

“Our condolences. ”
14 of 32 | Posted by: Dr. Rita(Munley) & Gary Gallagher - DC

“My deepest condolences to the entire Wirt family... ”
15 of 32 | Posted by: GARY WARK - Kalamazoo, MI

“Dear Dena and family, Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sherry & Bill Jones ”
16 of 32 | Posted by: Sherry Jones - Essexville, MI

“Dear Dena and Family:Our prayers are with you and your family. We are blessed to have known Steve. We are proud to call one of Steve's projects,...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: The Meadows of Owosso Missy Bell - MI

“So sorry to hear about Steve losing his battle with cancer. Dena and Daniel, you are in my thoughts and prayers. R.I.P., Steve. ”
18 of 32 | Posted by: Elaine Embrey - Bay City, MI

“Dena, Steve was a great guy , larger than life , I always admired his standards, what he did in life, all his energy, and his devotion to you, and...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Mark Stewart - Bay City, MI

“Dena and family, we are so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was such a wonderful and great man and will be greatly missed by all. Sending love...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Sandy and Matt DuRussel - MI

“My condolences to the Wirt falmily. May Steve Rest in Peace. ”
21 of 32 | Posted by: Maureen Kline - Burton, MI

“Dena & Daniel: So sorry for your loss. ”
22 of 32 | Posted by: Alan Schafer - Essexville, MI

“I was deeply saddened to learn about Steve's passing. It was my pleasure to have a chance to know him. He was a wonderful, hard-working man and...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Irene Sheynman - Chicago, IL

“So sorry for your loss Dena. But he struggled long enough and deserves to finally Rest In Peace ”
24 of 32 | Posted by: Barbara Smith - Bay City

“Dena and family Also Doug and his family so sorry to hear of Steve's passing he went through a lot may he rest in peace. Again my deepest sympathy ”
25 of 32 | Posted by: Joe Davis - Bay City, MI

“We were saddened to read of Steve's passing. He was a good friend for many years, and worked hard to make sure all his relationships were good ones....Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Tom & Cindy Reinbold - Bay City, MI

“Dena and Daniel, We are so sorry for your loss. Steve was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. ”
27 of 32 | Posted by: Gary & Lynn Johnson - Rahway, NJ

“So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers ”
28 of 32 | Posted by: Rod Hildebrant - Bay city, MI

“will miss you steve ”
29 of 32 | Posted by: kyla hodgkinson - boyne city, MI

“I'm glad i became DENA STEVE FRIENDS I CLEANED THEIR HOME IN BOYNE CITY STEVE LOVE THE BEACH TO LOOK LIKE IT SHOULD BE IN A BOOK AT THE BEST BEACH...Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: kyla hodgkinson - boyne city, MI

“Dena,My sincere condolences on Stephen's passing. I was honored to meet him a few years back at Temple and found him a very nice man. I wish you...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: Marie Luscomb - Bay City, MI

“Dear Dena I am so sorry for the loss of Stephen. I only knew him for a short time, but am honored to have had the chance. Thank you for allowing me...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Sandy Remer - Farmington Hills, MI


Stephen Mark Wirt passed away peacefully on July 16, 2017, with his loving family by his side.

Steve was born in Bay City, Michigan, on March 9, 1947, to Alice and Jack Wirt, who preceded him in death. Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Eastern Michigan University. It was there that he met and married Dena Jaffe. They raised two boys: Matthew Aaron Wirt, who preceded him in death, and Daniel Jordan Wirt, who lives in Chicago with his wife, Jordan. After a 10-year relocation to the Detroit area, Steve and Dena moved back to Bay City, where they chose to stay and raise their boys while beginning an equipment leasing business. The business that they started 32 years ago in a spare bedroom, Wirt Financial Services, has grown and evolved into the Wirt-Rivette Group with Clarence Rivette as partner.

As CEO of the company, Steve never stopped working to find different ways of putting investments together to make a project work. Steve and his wife were committed to making the community they live in better, something they both learned from their parents. Steve and Dena were instrumental in supporting local organizations that worked to do the same. As strong supporters of the United Way, they donated their building in downtown Bay City to the organization, which maintains its offices. They have also been generous supports of The Alice and Jack Wirt Library, The Alice and Jack Wirt Bay Area Women's Center, the Boys and Girls Club, and The Bay Area Community Foundation. They established special funds at local higher education institutes, as well as establishing scholarships at many of Michigan(Michigan's public) Universities.

Education was very important to Steve, and he was quick to help a student with unforeseen needs. Steve is a long time member of the Elks. He was a member of Temple Israel, where he served on the dues and assessment committee for many years. He also served on the "cheva hakdisha" committee and on the building committee.

After recovering from prostate cancer, Steve took to walking. Not one to do anything in a small way, Steve would walk outside or on a treadmill for the whole day, his cell phone at the ready. He could complete a full day of business in this manner.

His diagnosis of terminal brain cancer did not deter him. Having lost a great deal of strength and function on his left side, he continued to work as hard as his body would allow. He challenged all therapists that he worked with, never complaining, and never giving up. When Daniel was married last summer, the family was blessed to have Steve and Dena walk down the aisle with their son.

Besides his wife and son, Steve is survived by his brother Doug and Victoria Wirt, brother-in-law Robert Lee; Niece Michelle, Doug, Natalie and Zachery Wexler; nephew Joshua Lee, Niece Liza Wirt; Sister-in-laws Phyliss Jaffe and Julianna Jaffe; special friends, the Harold and Ruth Blumenstein family, the Clarence and Sara Rivette family, the Donna and Mike Bacigalogo and family; and the very special friends that cared for Steve with so much love through his battle, Evens Bernard, and Magali Wooley.

Steve's funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 11:00am
Temple Beth Israel 2300 Center Avenue, Bay City, Michigan.
Rabbi David Nelson will officiate.
The family will be receiving mourners at 9:30a.m. preceding the funeral at Temple Israel .
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation in Steve's name to your favorite charity, or to one that was dear to Helen's heart, including:
The Alice and Jack Wirt Women's Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Bay County, The Bay McLaren Hospice Or a charity of your choice.