Leo S. Steinke

Born: Thu., Mar. 2, 1922
Died: Mon., Aug. 20, 2012

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Leo S. Steinke, 90, died on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, 3003 W. Cisco Rd., Sidney. He was born March 2, 1922 in Fryburg, Ohio the son of Ferd and Cecelia (Frankenberg) Steinke and they are deceased. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Wapakoneta, Ohio and then moved to Botkins, Ohio and graduated from high school there in 1940. He then began working for the B and O Railroad for 42 years. He left only to serve in World War II in the United States Army where he served from 1942-1945. He fought in both Africa and Italy and served under General Patton . He was able to visit the Vatican and got to shake hands with Pope Pius the XII. He met and married Mary Catherine Dunn on November 20, 1946. She passed away in 1991. Surviving are one daughter, Karen Mehrbrodt and husband Brian of Bowling Green, Illinois; two grandchildren, Lauren and Corbin Mehrbrodt; two sisters, Fredonia Staley of Sidney, Ohio and Virginia Burden and husband Richard of Botkins, Ohio; two brothers, Albin Steinke of Fryburg, Ohio and Don Steinke of Sidney, Ohio; Three sisters, Martha Holthaus, Delores Schaub and Marie Steinke and two brothers, Eugene Steinke and Nester Steinke are deceased. He was a member of the Sidney American Legion since 1946. Leo was devoutly involved in parish life at his church, Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney. He was affectionately known by many as 'Father Leo'. A lifelong Catholic and longtime member of Holy Angels, he served as Lector since 1965 and trained new lectors for many years. He served as a Eucharistic Minister since 1973. He took communion to the hospital and local retirement homes. He counted the church collection every Monday. He helped as a leading fundraiser when the church was renovated. He was very involved in the Knights of Columbus in Sidney. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1941 and was a current member of the Sidney Council 659. He earned his 4th degree around 1983. He served as financial secretary for 39 years; served as District Deputy for four years, with responsibility for four councils; served as Grand Knight for two terms; served as Trustee for three terms; currently served on Sidney Council First Degree team; previously served on a Second Degree team; currently served on the Sidney Council Third Degree team and traveled throughout the state and to both Indiana and Kentucky; lead the council prayer service when a member passed away; served on many Honor Guards, including for the Bishop; walked many parades with 4th degree, including recent Corpus Christi parade; stood guard for other 4th degree members funeral services; stood guard for 3rd degree members funeral service; worked nearly every fish fry since Council 659 started them over 20 years ago; coordinated annual Knights of Columbus sponsored Living Rosary at Holy Angels; served as the long-term chair on Council 659's Measure-Up Charity Campaign and raised thousands of dollars over the years, including over $2400 in 2010; attended many State Conventions; coordinated fellow Knights for Holy Angels Parish Picnic Bingo; was the current namesake of the 'Leo Steinke Lifetime Achievement' Award that was created 10 years ago by the Sidney Council 659 to honor a highly active member; he was a strong supporter of Lehman Catholic High School; sold tickets at Lehman Catholic High School football/basketball games since 1970; called Bingo at the school for 30 years; was President of Lehman Catholic High School Athletics Boosters for over 20 years; was a fundraiser leader for Lehman Catholic High School building addition; was inducted to the Lehman Hall of Fame in 2011; worked the election polls for many years; started and coordinated 'The Digger O'Dell' crew of pallbearers for those in need and coordinated an annual community blood drive. Friends may call at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney on Friday, August 24, 2012 from 2-5 PM and 6-8 PM. A Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree service will be held at the funeral home at 6:45 PM and a Knights of Columbus 4th Degree service will be held at the funeral home at 7:45 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Rev. Daniel Hess. Burial with full military honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lehman Scholarship Fund, in memory of Leo S. Steinke, 2400 St. Mary's Rd., Sidney, Ohio 45365. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the Steinke family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's web site at: www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com

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Robert and Lois wimmers

May God watch over Leo's family members,and Bless Leo for all of the good deeds he has done for man kind.He will be missed by everyone he has touched GOD BLESS YOU LEO..

Virginia Seewer

Leo and I worked together for many years as co-lectors and eucharistic ministers; however, this was such a small portion of this caring man's life who was greatly involved in so many charitable endeavors. We offer our sympathy and ask blessings for his entire family and many, any friends. He has left a wonderful legacy. The community has lost a real gift in Leo.

Dennis Kelly

What a wonderful and gracious man - I have had great joy in knowing Leo for well over 20 years - he exemplified being a K of C member and his good example in all aspects of his life have been an inspiration for countless thousands. I would happily drive for hours to attend his viewing and funeral but will be in New England with my own 91 year old dad, also a K of C member through the next week. My deepest condolences to all his immediate family and lifelong friends.

Dodie and Bernie Martin

Leo was a terrific man and will be greatly missed. God bless Leo and his family and friends.

Kevin Moeller

Leo Steinke was by any measure a great man and yet probably even a greater citizen. God Bless you Leo and your family.

Dave Ross

I've enjoyed seeing Leo at Lehman football and basketball over the years. He and I walked out of the stadium together and had a memorable visit last season. I congratulated him on being inducted into the Lehman Hall of Fame. Volunteers like him make all the difference in so many activities. May we remember and be inspired by Leo Steinke.

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas D. Meyer

Leo will be sadly missed, such a good man and soul. I had the pleasure to serve along Leo for many years at the Annual Parish Picnic. His smile and work ethic for his lord and his country will alway be remembered. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with his Family.

Karen Stueve

I was Leo's dental hygienist for many years and I used to just love our visits! He was such a sweet, sweet person and I looked forward to seeing him. He spoke often of his daughter and his grandchildren and he was so proud of them all. What a loss to the Sidney community and to his family, but I know you all will have great memories of Leo.

The families of Benjamin and Regina DeBrosse

Thoughts and Prayers go the the family during this time of grief. Uncle Leo was truly a Special Man and will be sadly missed. Heaven gained another angel. God Bless ! Pierre (Ginger), Steve and Eric.

Gary Nolan

Kindly accept our condolences on the loss of our brother and great fraternalist. Gary R. Nolan, Vice President of Membership Growth and Ceremonials.

Amy Zorn

So sorry to hear of your father's passing, Karen. He was a kind man who always had a smile and an authentic inquiry as to the health and well-being of my family and me. It's a loss to the community as well as to your family.

David Szippl

I had the pleasure of working with Leo on the K of C third degree team. I will never forget the wonderful stories he shared with us as we traveled. Most recently this past June. He was truely an inspiration to everyone he met. I will miss him but now he is with his Catherine. May God bless him as his journey is over.

Michael Freil District Deputy#8/Degree Team Capt

Brother Leo: You will be sadly missed.You truly left an impression on many, many men. Because of you Leo, many men have more loyality and respect for our faith and for our priests. May you rest in Peace, and keep things safe for the rest of us when we join you. Michael Freil District Deputy #8 Centerville, Ohio

Judy (Lachey) Cook

Extend our sympathy to Karen and her husband and children and to Leo's sisters and brothers.

Ruth Ann Karsten

May your Dad rest in peace and hope you find comfort. I think of you often Karen. Ruth Ann

Anne&Dean Morrow and Juanita Salm

Gone but never forgotten by all those that knew Leo and the family...rest in peace and tell your family and ours up in heaven HI and we will see them when our time comes like so many before us.

Arlene Pappalardo

My prayers and best wishes to all of you on the passing of your father. After reading this aweseom obituary, I was in tears and so proud of Leo. What a true and honorable man.

Mike Thomas DD#18 K of C

Brother Leo - or "Father" Leo :-) It was always a pleasure to see you at Knights of Columbus events and especially at the degree ceremonials. You will be sorely missed. You helped spread the cause of Columbianism as well as our Catholic faith through your actions, your words and your presence. I am honored to have known you. Mike Thomas

Matson Matheney

I will remeber you always.

Mary and Chris Swift

Karen, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Dad was a real gem of a person, a good listener, and a great father. He was so kind to us when we were kids, wasn't he? And talk about a giving person - always working for some Lehman event! You have our sympathies. Mary and Chris