Elizabeth Joy (Steinle) Daubenberger, of Saddle River, Baywood and Killington, Vt., died on May 8.
She was born Aug. 20, 1929, in Jersey City to Elizabeth (Davies) and Carl Oscar Steinle. She was a child model with the William Morris Endeavor Agency in New York City and enjoyed many national campaigns, including recognition for a full-page photo featured in the Saturday Evening Post. She had only one sibling, Carl Davies Steinle, who died in World War II, when she was just a child. She became a published author at the age of 15 with a poem she wrote honoring his memory. She graduated Dickinson High School in Jersey City, where she was voted "most popular" and was involved in many activities. Her family moved to Waldwick following her high school graduation.
She graduated Seton Hall University and was employed as a teacher of English, reading, physical education and special education for many years in the BOCES system, among others, in Rockland County, N.Y. She achieved her master's degree and post-master's certifications at Jersey City State College and pursued doctoral studies there. She was a learning consultant and director of special services for the remainder of her long career in Northern New Jersey, specifically, Waldwick, Old Tappan, Hamburg, Little Ferry, West Caldwell and Prospect Park. She also served as an interim director for many local districts. Upon retirement, she founded her own Child Advocacy Consulting Firm. She was a supporter of the rights of the disabled. She was a member of Garden State Ski Club (GSSC) for over 50 years, where she held various offices and positions. She ski raced for GSSC and the New Jersey Ski Council, winning many races and titles. As a septuagenarian, she won three trips to compete nationally with NASTAR out West. She was a member of the Amateur Ski Instructors Association, the Metedeconk River Yacht Club and multiple professional organizations. She was a parishioner of St. Bartholomew's Church for over 65 years. She helped her husband to launch and develop B&D Construction Co. She continued to own and manage multiple rental properties in Ocean County.
She is survived by her son, Richard Carl Daubenberger and wife Dina and their daughters, Taylor Josephine and Jordan Devon of Glen Mills, Pa. and Naples, Fla.; her daughter, Bonnie Elizabeth and husband Reto and their children, Tucker Davies and Trista Elizabeth of Upper Saddle River; her nieces and nephews, Robert Daubenberger of Elmwood Park, Nancy Foelsch of Ramsey, Karen Quade of Boonton Township and Raymond Daubenberger Jr. of Haymarket, Va., and their respective families; and her cousins in the Littleton and Boxboro areas of Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her husband of 39 years, Richard Louis Daubenberger.
Visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 17 at St. Bartholomew's Church, 70 Sheridan Ave. in Ho-Ho-Kus. The funeral service will be offered thereafter. Interment will follow at Crest Haven Memorial Park, Passaic Avenue and Allwood Road in Clifton.
Arrangements are by the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home in Ramsey.
Memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, NY 10087, mskcc.org/giving.
Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home
109 Darlington Ave
Ramsey , NJ 07446
Published in Town Journal on May 13, 2013