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John Ambrose Stein, Sr., aged 94, died on Sunday, July 26, 2015, after a stroke. A devoted family man of strong Catholic faith, he was a Good Shepherd to his family and friends, showing by example how love of his wife and family was in itself the hallmark of a life well lived. Throughout his life, he remained spirited and curious, reading widely and engaging those around him in discussion. He prized lively conversation, humor and goodhearted pranks. Ask his children about the year he gave out "Easter Eggs" -- actually meat loaves with mashed potato icing and piped names and flowers -- to inspire laughter and tears. He was born in Baltimore City in 1921 and graduated from Calvert Hall College in 1939 and Loyola College in 1949, with a degree in chemistry. He was a decorated WWII veteran who served as a First Lieutenant in the Pacific Theater. He worked as a chemist at Edgewood Arsenal. At home, he was a skilled and inventive craftsman, creating beautiful muzzleloader rifles with ornately inscribed and inlayed stocks. A onetime member of The Catholic Students' Mission Crusades and the Knights of Columbus, he was also a founding member of The MD NCHA Colonials Camping Group and The Marriottsville Muzzleloaders. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Louise Adelle Stein (née Alsbrook); seven children and their spouses, John A. Stein, Jr., Joseph G. and Dorothy Stein, Paul W. Stein and Cynthia Glover, Anne E. and Jay Saurbaugh, Mary C. Stein-Cascio and Nelson F. Cascio, Barbara L. and Daniel Artley, and James M. and Rebecca Stein; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and his siblings Ann E. Stackwick, Richard R. Stein, Carl C. Stein, Betty J. Dalton and Margaret P. Barrett, and their families. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. A memorial mass will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to: The Franciscan Center, 101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore, MD 21218.
Published in Baltimore Sun on July 31, 2015
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