Obit: Steiner, Roger (1924 - 2012)

Contact: Audrey Roedl

Surnames: Steiner, Cowles, McLean, Posey

----Source: The Loyal TRG (Loyal, Clark County, WI) 14 Nov 2912

Steiner, Roger (27 Mar 1924, 2, Nov 20120

Roger J. Steiner, 88, Pennsylvania, formerly, died on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. A Life Celebration Service was at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz, Pa. He was laid to rest beside his wife in the family’s private cemetery at the edge of a family farm now owned by one of his wife’s nieces, Pamela Haver.

Roger Jacob Steiner was born at South Byron on March 27, 1924. At the age of three he began 16 years in Loyal. His parents were Jacob Robert Steiner, son of Dr. Fred and Dora Steiner of Lomira, and Alice Mildred Cowles Syeiner, daughter of Edward Marvin Cowles and Hattie M. McLean of South Byron. He was predeceased by his wife, Ida Kathryn Posey Steiner, daughter of Dr. Silas Robert Posey and Edna Mae Shirk Posey of Lititz, Pa. He is survived by two sons, David Posey Steiner and Andrew Posey Steiner, and by Davis’s two children, Sierra Maria Steiner and Emily Faith Steiner; daughters of the late Trisha Steiner. He is also survived by Anthony Wright, who was like a son, of Newark, Del. Mr. Steiner was a World War ll veteran. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, Lanchester, Pa., cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa. He received both a master’s degree and a Ph,D from the University of Pennsylvania I Philadelphia. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, in New York City. Mr. and Mrs. Steiner and their oldest son, David, spent two years in France where Mr. Steiner taught at the University of Bordeaux. He had spent 15 years in the Methodist pastorate when he started a university career at the University of Delaware, Newark. After 33 years at the University of Delaware he retired from teaching as a full professor with the title, emeritus professor of linguistics. He became a lexicographer, and his French and English dictionary sold millions of copies. He revised five Spanish and English dictionaries. He remained an ordained minister with membership in the Western Pennsylvania conference of the United Methodist Church with occasional preaching activity. He was a member of two similar patriotic organizations. The Pennsylvania Society Sona of the Revolution, Lancaster, Pa., chapter, and the Delaware Society Sons of the American Revolution, Maj. Robert Kirkwood Chapter, Newark, Del. He served a term as president of the Kirkwood Chapter.

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