Steve, 89, and Pauline (nee Pauley), 87, both of Little Falls, passed away within fifteen hours of each other on July 4th and July 5th, 2012. Married for sixty-four years, they met at Slippery Rock State College, where he was a student and she was a secretary.
Steve was born on February 7, 1923, in Slickville, PA. He was a physics teacher at Passaic Valley High School, Little Falls, where he coached the football team for eighteen years. Known as the "Dean of Area Coaches", he also coached at various schools after PVHS. Steve was not exactly known to his players as a soft- spoken man. However, those who came in contact with him on the field or in the classroom learned the value of discipline, hard work and teamwork. A WWII veteran who "exaggerated" his age to enlist, he tried to share his passion for Civil War history with his children by trooping them through battlefields, reading each and every historical marker....twice.
Pauline was born on July 15, 1924 in East Brady, PA. She was a secretary for fourteen years in several Little Falls schools. "Polly" was legendary for her kindness, sense of humor and omnipresent hats. Small in stature, but large in heart, her endless concern for others inspired all who came in contact with her. A parishioner of Holy Angels R.C. Church, Little Falls, the lessons she taught were through her actions, as evidenced by her twenty-three years of volunteer service to Eva's Kitchen, Paterson, helping to feed the hungry.
Steve and Polly are survived by their children, Greg, Tom, John, Jeannie, and their spouses, as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eva's Kitchen, 393 Main St., Paterson, NJ 07501; or Passaic Valley HS Education Foundation, E. Main St., Little Falls, NJ 07424; or Eagle Rescue Squad, PO Box 16, Little Falls, NJ 07424.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18th. Details will be posted at www.gaitamemorialhome.com
Published in The Record/Herald News on July 7, 2012