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Elfriede "Evie" Helga Stegemann

1922-2009 DELMAR, N.Y. Elfriede "Evie" Helga Pinapfel Stegemann of Delmar, died Sunday evening December 20 with her son and friend Ellen Myers at her side in the home she made with her son Norbert since Sept. 28th 2006.

Born in Vienna, Austria on Sept. 22, 1922 the third daughter of the late Hauptmann Johann and Helene Stoll-Horak Seltenhammer Pinapfel. She was the devoted wife of the late Joseph John Stegemann whom she married in Vienna, Austria on Oct. 4th 1947. They came to the United States in 1949 on an American military frigate with their two year old son and pregnant with another child. Evie became an U.S. Citizen at an Immigration ceremony at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn in November 11th 1954.

Her first home in the U.S. was in Floral Park, N.Y., she raised her five sons there until Dec. of 1960 when she and Joe moved the family to their second home in East Northport, N.Y. In 1974 she and Joe moved to Port St. Lucie, Fla. where Joe died at home in 1984. Evie kept their home until the fall of 2002 when she moved to Delray Beach, Fla. Mom worked with Norbert in operating the Hall & Higgins (Stephentown), Thomas M. Barber (Petersurgh) and Robson-Stegemann (Hoosick Falls) Funeral Homes from 1985 through 1992.

In her retirement she continued with her gardens and learned the art of oil painting with Joe. She also sang in the Sweet Adeline's International and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the M.I. Hummel Club. Her love of animals led her to become involved in the rescue of retired greyhound racers in South Florida. She adopted two greyhounds, Cedar and G.G. that she loved and cared for until their deaths 2001.

Evie is the mother of Ralph, his wife, Barbara Majuk of Plano, Texas, Norbert L., his wife, Chris Cooper of Delmar; Peter F., his wife, Elizabeth Anne Casey of Huntington, La. Keith L. , his wife Lorraine Ploska of Blue Point, L.I. and the late Dennis James Stegemann who died Sept. 8, 1956 at age 2 yrs. 5 mos., in a drowning accident during a family picnic in Westchester County, sister of Gertrude, her husband Peter Willenberg, Voorhees, N.J., Johanna, her husband Walter Nance of Berlin, N.J., the late Grete Franz Mayerhofer, Dr. Ludwig Seltenhammer; Kathe Seltenhammer and Hella Glasner. Grandmother of Danielle Inman, Nicole Wansley, Erik and Alexander Stegemann, Danielle Millington and Joanna Telshow., great-grandmother of Brett Inman, Jr., Alexander Millington, Ryan, and Devin Telshow and many nieces and nephews here and Austria.

FUNERAL NOTICE: The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 35 Adams Place, Delmar, N.Y. on Monday, Dec. 28th. with the Rev. David V. Berberian, Pastor, the Rev. John F. Tallman, Chaplain at St. Peter's Hospital and of the Albany Fire Dept., the Rev. Trygve C. Tomlinson, pastor, West Stephentown Baptist Church and the Rev. Susan H. Schultz, Pastor of the Stephentown Federated Church officiating.

Calling hours will be at her home at 92 Devon Road, Delmar (the corner of Greenock Road and Devon Road) on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 26th and 27th after 1 p.m.

Burial will be with her husband and beside her son Dennis in the Long Island National Cemetery, Pinelawn, N.Y. on Wednesday, Dec. 30th 2009.

Our family would like to thank a few of the people that made Mom's care at Norbert's home possible; Linda Hoffman Sweener, Ellen Hewson Myers, Christopher J. Cooper, Julie Hill, RN with the Albany VNA, David Acker, Mom's caseworker with Albany County and Mom's physician, Dr. Stephen Sipperly, D.O. and his dedicated staff; Paul Pagnotta, R.Ph. and John Croce, R.Ph. and the staff of Four Corners Pharmacy; also Melanie Lewis, RN, Kalimah Davis, Tammy Peltier, and Jane Martin of the VNA Home Health Care program in Menands. Michael Reinfurt, second generation funeral director and Vincent Fronczek of Parker Brothers Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. in Watervliet and lots of other places and L. Craig Bryce, third generation funeral director and owner of the Bryce Funeral Home in Troy and DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home in West Sand Lake and my friend Samuel F. Catalano, funeral director in the toughest little towns on Earth. Special thanks to Daniel Doran and Russ Christenson of the Florence Casket Co. and Louis Tobia, Jr. of the New England Casket Co. and Dr. Konrad Wicher of Slingerlands who helped with translation of the letters from Mama's friend of 71 years, Frau Elfriede (Tante Luschi) Bartels of Schwerin, Germany.

A truly amazing journey of a wife, mother, sister, friend and neighbor and woman that was not perfect, far from it, as she liked to be 'the boss' and sometimes, like all of us, said things she didn't think through before she said them.

Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 24, 2009
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