John J. Steinour

GETTYSBURG John Joseph Steinour, 48, passed away peacefully at home on December 7, 2013, with his parents, Jean and Joseph Steinour, by his side. John was born in Gettysburg on June 7, 1965, and was the youngest of the Steinours' seven children. John lived an extraordinary life. He was a kind, sweet and gentle man who brought out the best in people. He loved fully and unconditionally. He drew many people into his life with his joy, enthusiasm and optimism. John was a huge sports fan and especially loved the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. John was an accomplished athlete. Along with his best friend, Brad Deckert, he was one of the first athletes from Adams County to participate in the Pennsylvania Special Olympics. John participated in the International Special Olympics at Notre Dame in 1987, winning two gold medals and one silver medal in swimming. In other state-wide and county competitions, John ran track and field, played basketball, golf and bowling. In 2010, John was inducted into the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Hall of Fame, joining his mother, Jean, who had been inducted into the Hall in 2008. John was a longtime and proud member of the Kiwanis Club of Gettysburg, the Notre Dame Club of Gettysburg, and St. Francis Xavier Parish. He was employed for many years by the Dobbin House, until his health declined. John is survived by his parents; his sister, Anne Laughlin and her husband Jim; his brother-in-law, Bill Coston; his brother, Bill Steinour and his wife Suzanne; his sister, Becky Thomas and her husband Pete, his sister, Mary Beth Levan and her husband Jim; his sister, Carol Steinour Young and her husband Bob; and his nieces, nephews, and grand-nephews. John was pre-deceased by his sister, Susan Steinour Coston. John is also survived by two maternal aunts, Doris Sneeringer of Reisterstown, Md., and Sister Marie Perpetua of Philadelphia, many loving cousins, and a legion of friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the historic St. Francis Xavier Church in Gettysburg on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held at the church prior to Mass from 9 to 11 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made in John's name to the Adams County Special Olympics, St. Francis Xavier Building Fund, the Kiwanis Club of Gettysburg, or the Notre Dame Club of Gettysburg. Online obituary and condolences available at

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Published in Evening Sun on Dec. 10, 2013