STEINER, PHARES L., 85, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ellen Heineman Steiner; daughter, Adrienne Claire Steiner; son, Paul Christopher Steiner and a brother Donald F. Steiner M.D. of Chicago.
Phares was born in Lima, OH, June 18, 1928, and graduated from Lima Central High School. He earned a B.M., majoring in organ at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and an M.M. in organ performance at the University of Michigan
, studying with Robert Noehren, with whom he then began building pipe organs ca1954.
Phares was an avid pipe organ builder for more than 40 years and founder of Steiner Organs Inc., Louisville. He was also an avid lover and performer of the organ literature.
He was a member of Cathedral of the Assumption Catholic Church, a charter member of the American Pipe Organ Builders Assn. and member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.
Funeral service will be held Friday, 1 p.m. at Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth St., with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m. at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, "in St. Matthews." In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the University of Kentucky Music Therapy Program. Checks can be made out to the University of Kentucky and mailed to: Kim Harris, Director of Development, UK College of Fine Arts, 206 Fine Arts Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0088. Alternatively, consider making a contribution to the Kovler Diabetes Center Research Fund at University of Chicago Medicine, 5841 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637