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Rosalie (Charkoff) Steiner Obituary
Rosalie Charkoff Steiner, age 92, passed away June 11, 2013, peacefully in her sleep in Franklin, Tennessee.

Born on February 16, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio, she lived most of her life in Bath Township, where she raised one daughter and two sons, Maxine Steiner Lane, Karl Steiner and Homer J. Steiner III with her husband of 62 years, Homer J. Steiner Jr., who in turn blessed them with eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In 2012, she moved to Franklin, Tennessee to be with her youngest son and his wife.

Mrs. Steiner was well known for her involvement with water conservation, nature preservation and land management. She was recognized with several, local, state and national awards for her efforts. She worked to develop the Bath Nature Preserve, 400 acres of woods and fields. She and her husband donated their home and 23 acres of land to the University of Akron for their use in housing visiting professors and teaching students about water pollution, Biology and related fields.

Another project she led was the development of a Nature Land Lab at Bath Elementary School to teach the students about conservation, land and water use. The Lab is still being used to this day and teaches many different grades throughout the year. Mrs. Steiner is still remembered for her out spoken views on the subject of land management and water conservation, not only locally but nationally. Her strong opinions on these and other matters often caused conflict but she forged ahead relentlessly. She died still hoping that Bath Township would adopt better plans for water conservation and sewer controls plus a senior center for all older citizens of Bath Township.

There will be a celebration of her life's service held at the old Steiner property on Saturday, June 29th at 1 p.m. Parking will be at the Bath Elementary School and shuttles will be provided to the property.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on June 14, 2013
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