Roger Jacob Steiner
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Roger Jacob Steiner died on November 2, 2012. He was born at South Byron, WI on March 27, 1924 and at the age of three began sixteen years in Loyal, WI.
His parents were Jacob Robert Steiner, son of Dr. Fred and Dora Steiner of Lomira, WI. His mother Alice Mildred Cowles Steiner, daughter of Edward Marvin Cowles and Hattie M. McLean of South Byron, WI.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ida Kathryn Posey Steiner, daughter of Dr. Silas Robert Posey and Edna Mae Shirk Posey of Lititz, PA. He is survived by two sons, David Posey Steiner and Andrew Posey Steiner and by David's two children, Sierra Maria Steiner and Emily Faith Steiner, daughters of the late Trisha Steiner. He is also survived by Anthony Wright, who was like a son, of Newark, DE.
Mr. Steiner was a Word War Two veteran. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa. He received both a Master's Degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, NYC.
Mr. and Mrs. Steiner and their oldest son David spent two years in France where Mr. Steiner taught at the University of Bordeaux. He had spent fifteen years in the Methodist pastorate when he started a university career at the University of Delaware, Newark DE. After thirty-three years at the University of Delaware he retired from teaching as a full professor with the title, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics. He became a lexicographer, and his French and English dictionary sold millions of copies. He revised five Spanish and English dictionaries. He remained an ordained minister with membership in the Eastern Pennsylvania conference of the United Methodist Church with occasional preaching activity.
He was a member of two similar patriotic organization: The Pennsylvania Society Sons of the Revolution, Lancaster, Pa. chapter, and the Delaware Society Sons of the American Revolution, Maj. Robert Kirkwood Chapter, Newark, DE, He served a term as president of the Kirkwood Chapter.
Roger's Life Celebration Service will be held at the Spacht Funeral Home, 127 S. Broad St., Lititz, PA on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 am and he will be laid to rest beside his wife in the family's private cemetery on Butter Road at the edge of a family farm now owned by one of his wife's nieces, Pamela Haver. Friends may call at Spacht Funeral Home on Saturday from 10-11 am.
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Published in The News Journal on Nov. 8, 2012