ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Neysa Steinhart, 84, of Alpharetta, and formerly of Olean, N.Y., died Monday (April 30, 2012) following a lengthy illness.
Neysa was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and graduated from the University of Buffalo with a bachelor of arts degree in education. Neysa met "Si" in 1945 and married June 5, 1949, settling in Olean, N.Y. Neysa loved children and became a fifth grade teacher at East View Elementary. While Neysa was teaching and raising her children, she drove from Olean to Buffalo each week to complete her masters in early childhood education.
Neysa was an active member in Newcomers and Temple B'nai Israel. Neysa was the first female president of B'nai Israel. Neysa was also an avid softball player and later took up golf and tennis. Neysa loved the Bartlett Country Club and was a very active member. Neysa was a big supporter of St. Bonaventure University and their basketball team with Si and hosted many dinners for the players at their home.
Neysa is survived by her two sons, Lance J.M. ( Annice) Steinhart of Alpharetta, Ga. and Hal Colin (Francesca) Steinhart of Cleveland, Ohio; a daughter, Sheryl J. (David Pankopf) Steinhart of Potomac, Md.; and two grandchildren, Fallin Steinhart and Alain Pankopf.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday (May 2, 2012) at 1 p.m. at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the B'nai Israel Synagogue, P.O. Box 224, Olean, NY 14760. Friends and family may sign the online guest book at www.hmpattersonarlington.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen RD NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30238.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on May 1, 2012