Steven Guy Cardarella

Steven Guy Cardarella

MADISON-Steven Guy Cardarella, age 64, of Madison, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Naples, Fla. from a sudden heart attack.

He was born on April 18, 1952, in Madison. After a long career with the Madison Police Department, he retired as the Lieutenant for the Department’s TEST Team, Steve then joined the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a Law Enforcement Liaison for the State Patrol at the Bureau of Transportation Safety. Seven years ago, Steve assumed the duties of Regional Law Enforcement Liaison, covering the six Great Lake states on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Over his career, Steve earned a reputation both locally and nationwide for his expertise in traffic safety, his generous commitment to helping others, and sincere concern for the safety and protection of all that used the streets and highways of America.

He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Joan; daughter, Monica (Aaron) Miles of Spokane, Wash.; son, Paul Cardarella (Kara Navin) of Sun Prairie; four grandchildren, Jack, Sofia, Ella and Asa; father, Paul Cardarella of Madison; sister, Christy (Tom) Dwyer of McFarland; brothers, Jeff Cardarella of Madison, Randy (Carrie) Cardarella of Windsor and Jon Cardarella of Watertown; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Cardarella; and brother, Nick Cardarella. Steve had many interests over the years; camping, traveling, golfing, biking, walking on the beach, and most importantly spending time with his family. He took joy in being a loving son and brother, devoted husband and caring father who cherished his grandchildren. His witty and charismatic personality, along with his tenderhearted love will be greatly missed by many.

Funeral services will be held at HOLY WISDOM MONASTERY, 4200 County Rd. M, Middleton, at 12 noon, on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

Memorial contributions will be used to place a bench in our city park.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420