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HENDERSONVILLE-Jon David Steinmetz passed away at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, NC, on Sunday, June 1, 2014, three days shy of his 74th birthday. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, the only child of the late Lewis I. and Rose Josefsberg Steinmetz; he grew up in Long Island City, Queens, and attended the local public schools.
Jon earned his liberal arts degree from New York University's Heights campus in 1962, majoring in psychology with a minor in physics. He received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Bradley University, Peoria, IL, in 1963. Following an internship at Galesburg State Research Hospital in Galesburg, IL, Jon became a staff psychologist at Manteno State Hospital, Manteno, IL, 60 miles south of Chicago.
He married Jane Hilton, whom he met at Bradley, on December 24, 1964. They lived in Park Forest, IL, for 42 years, where they raised their two children, Jonna Lynn and Jay Daniel. Jon was quite active in the community; among other volunteer activities, he was elected to the 7-member Board of Trustees, the lay policy-making body of the village, for three terms. He was inducted into the Park Forest Historical Society's Hall of Fame in 2006.
As his career developed, he became an administrator at Manteno, served as Assistant Facility Director at Tinley Park State Hospital, in Tinley Park, IL, and finished his tenure with the state of Illinois as Facility Director of Chicago Read Mental Health Center (formerly known to Chicagoans as Dunning.) He was honored in Who's Who in America's Medicine and Health Care for his innovative, creative and adaptive programming in mental health care.
After leaving state employment, Jon worked as a consultant and intake supervisor for one of
Jane Addams' Hull House programs in Chicago and as acting director of a satellite facility of SOS Children's Villages in Lockport, IL. He also had a stint as a staff psychologist for a Bradley classmate in Iowa City, IA-returning full circle to his early days in the field-before finally retiring and moving to Carriage Park in Hendersonville in 2006.
He is survived by his wife Jane, daughter Jonna of Chicago, and son Dan (Marina, Ashton) of Ft. Mill, SC; cousins Robert and Judy Kaufman of Tucker, GA, and Michael and Anita Barlow of Edmond, OK; in-laws David and Carolyn Hilton of Honolulu, HI; and many dear friends and neighbors from college days, Park Forest and Hendersonville--particularly Carriage Springs, who made Jon's last eight years in North Carolina so special.
Jon was known for his kind and gentle disposition, quick wit and sense of humor, even up to the end. He loved his family very much and was so happy to have been able to travel with them over the past few years. He enjoyed music of all kinds-especially folk-theater productions, watching any sports as well as cooking shows on TV, all things Apple, and barbecuing on his Green Egg.
The family would like to thank Jon's wonderful doctors and specialists; the Da Vita Dialysis Center's dedicated nurses and technicians; Care Partners' able and caring workers; Providence Baptist Church's pastor and members' as well as so many friends' prayers, kind thoughts and good wishes; and especially the Laurels of Hendersonville's very special staff who worked with Jon for the loving care and encouraging support they provided to him and the family during his last several months at the facility. A celebration of Jon's life will be held at a later date.
Memorials in his name may be made to either the Laurels of Hendersonville for the patient activity fund, 290 Clear Creek Road, Hendersonville, NC, 28792; Mission Memorial Hospital Foundation, 890 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC, 28801; Providence Baptist Church, 1201 Oakland Street, Hendersonville, NC, 28792; or a charity of the donor's choice.
Published in The Times-News from June 29 to June 30, 2014
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