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GERARD O. STEINER

Gerard O. Steiner passed away on Sunday April 17, 2022 at Bishop’s Glen Nursing Home, Holly Hill, Florida, just shy of his 97th birthday.  He was born in Berlin, Germany raised by his Grandparents after his mother died, and came to the United States as a 10 year old boy (not speaking a word of English!) to join his father, new stepmother, and 5 year old half-sister, Doris.  After turning 18, Jerry served in the US Army from 1943 to 1946 as an Ambulance Driver with the 596th Ambulance Company, and was stationed in England, France, Germany, Austria, as well as the Philippines.  After returning to civilian life Jerry worked in various fields including banking, US Postal Service, and construction before joining the US Government’s New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn in 1951 as an apprentice electrician, learning his trade.  Jerry was forever grateful for his career choice.  Being an electrician afforded him many different job opportunities and experiences that he was always happy to share and laugh over with family and friends.  He married his love, Olga in 1952 after meeting on a blind date, and had a good life raising their 3 daughters in Glendale, NY. When the Naval Base closed in 1966 Jerry went on to work as an Electrical Contractor with Local Union No. 3 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  In 1979 he went back to work with the US Government as a Ship Surveyor (Electrician) – Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion & Repair, and was able to pursue his love of travel to all different Naval bases around the world, sometimes taking his wife with him. He retired in 1986 and lived the next chapter of his life happily in Ormond Beach, Florida.  Jerry was always keeping busy, puttering around his gardens, working on home improvement projects, fixing things (especially anything electrical!), and lending a helping hand to his many friends and neighbors over the years.  Jerry was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Olga, his beautiful daughter Elena Steiner, and his half-sister Doris Tomaino.  He is survived by his 2 daughters, Linda Libby (Charles) and Elissa Maier (Thomas), 4 Grandchildren, Jerilyn, Gerard Libby, Jennifer Toscano, and Kristina Maier, and 2 Great-Granddaughters, Aubrey Maier and Emerson Toscano. Jerry will be sorely missed by his family, friends and neighbors. Services held under the direction of Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village NY 11379.

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