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Stephen Haage

Stephen Lee Haage

December 10, 1950 - August 30, 2020
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Stephen L. Haage, 69, of Spring Twp, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at the Reading Hospital with his wife at his side after complications from successful cancer removal surgery. Stephen will be remembered by his loving wife of 29 years, Denise A. (Cox) Haage, and his daughter, Brittany A. Haage, of St. Clair Shores, MI. Stephen and Brittany were two peas in a pod. He is also remembered by his sister, Sandra G. Harbach, companion of Samuel C. Lucchese, of Whitfield.

In addition to his parents, Cora H. (Burdick) and James F. Haage, Jr., Stephen was predeceased by his identical twin brother, Scott F. Haage, and his step-daughter, Tiffany M. Cleaveland.

After high school, Steve enrolled in National Broadcasting School in Washington, DC, and received his certification in radio communications. He served from 1970-1973 in the Air Force as a Morse code decoder, stationed in Munich, Germany, and was discharged honorably as a sergeant. For over 35 years, local listeners heard Steve. He started on the channel WHUM as a producer of Paul Barkley’s Night Mayor talk show. Later the station changed tags to WAGO, and during this period Steve engineered the live feeds from Reading Phillies and Reading Royals games. The station eventually became WIOV when Steve was responsible for many aspects of the radio broadcast. Steve also worked as a 13 year carrier for the Reading Eagle, and he drove his rural route until his health forced him to retire.

Stephen was a loving father, a faithful husband, and a very kind, gentle man. He was also the mastermind behind the “twinnie’s” mischief.

Donations towards Stephen’s funeral expenses may be made payable to the funeral home at address below.
A celebration of life for Stephen will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday September 12, 2020 at the Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc, 739 Penn Ave, West Reading PA 19611. Friends and family are invited to gather from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.
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  • Visitation

    September 12, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    When
    September 12, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Location
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
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  • Celebration of Life

    September 12, 2020 | 2:30pm
    When
    September 12, 2020 2:30pm
    Location
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Marin F. Ennis

Posted at 10:11pm
It was very sad news learning of Steve Haage's passing. I came to know Steve through his mother Cora who worked in the Wilson School District along with my mother. Steve was so very understanding fielding my many phone calls for requests, both with WHUM and after WAGO 1240 AM switched to an oldies format. In fact, on two separate occasions during my high school years Steve gave me several personally autographed 45s of Top 25 hits which I have and cherish to this day. Whenever possible I made it a point to drop by and say hello to Steve whenever he was doing a live remote WAGO broadcast. During WAGO's time in Reading Steve invited me to visit the station's studio and introduced me to the staff. I could tell from the rapport Steve had with the on and off-air folks there how much he was truly liked both as a colleague and as a friend.

I hope Steve and WRAW's Phil Long will get together in heaven broadcasting the oldies.

Thank you for the memories, Steve. You will be missed.

Marin F. Ennis
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Marcia Sammons

Posted at 10:08am
Sincere sympathies on Steve's loss.......I will always remember him as a fun cousin with such a great sense of humor! Marcia & Mike
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