William E. Steinbrecher, 85, of Glen Carbon, Illinois passed away at midnight on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon. He was born December 28, 1926 in Oak Park, Illinois, a son of the late William E. and Esther (Wilson) Steinbrecher Sr.
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Bill served in the United States Navy during World War II, stationed in New York State and the Philippines. He graduated from the University of Illinois School of Agriculture in 1951 with a degree in horticulture and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.
Bill retired in 1987 from State Farm Insurance after 26 years of dedicated service as a claims superintendent. While at the University, he met and married Marilyn Smith on September 2, 1950 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Berwyn, Illinois. They were blessed with three lovely daughters and recently observed their 62nd wedding anniversary.
Bill loved entertaining at parties at his home, gardening, woodworking, cooking, dancing the cha cha, swing and foxtrot, golfing and most of all, traveling. From 1976 to 2005, Bill and Marilyn were fortunate to be able to travel to Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Scotland and England many times; as well as their favorites, New England, Colorado, Myrtle Beach, S.C., St. Croix and Jamaica. Being extremely gregarious, Bill was very happy when participating in the activities of his golf and bowling leagues and Glen Carbon Senior Center.
In addition to Bill's wife, Marilyn, he is survived by his three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kathleen Steinbrecher of Collinsville, Heidi and Ron Thomas of Estes Park, Colorado and Laurel and Glenn Greig of Kirkwood, Missouri; three grandchildren, Casey Cywinski and wife, Maura, Stephanie Cywinski and companion, Paul Williams, and Bailey Dolenc and companion, Adam Westrich; one brother and sister-in-law, Wilson and Rosemarie Steinbrecher and three nephews, Tom, Ted and Mark Steinbrecher.
In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be held at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. with Chaplain Brad Thomas officiating, followed by a memorial visitation from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to Lutheran Senior Services Christ Care Fund at Meridian Village Cardinal Way or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2012