Leonard William Steenburg

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Leonard William Steenburg, 90, a resident of Clarks Summit since 2006, died on Saturday after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Leonard was married to the love of his life, Doris Hamm Steenburg. She preceded him in death.

Leonard was born in Cherry Valley, N.Y., on April 14, 1922, to the late Jesse and Helen Morton Steenburg. He attended Cherry Valley school, excelling in sports, particularly baseball. Leonard owned and operated dairy farms in Hartwick Seminary and Elba, N.Y. After his retirement from Niagara Mohawk, Leonard and Doris spent time traveling and enjoying a few months of the year in Florida. He served faithfully in various leadership capacities at First Baptist Church of Elba where he had a long-time membership. He was a longtime resident of Elba, N.Y., before living with his eldest daughter, Joan Steenburg Girts in Clarks Summit.

He was an incredible Godly prayer warrior for his three daughters, Joan Steenburg Girts, Cheryl Steenburg Whitten and Karen Steenburg Dilcher; sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends. He was so proud of all his family as was seen in the gallery of pictures in his room. He was inventive and a problem-solver, able to fix anything. His love of gardening was evident in his beautiful roses, various other flowers and wonderful fruits and vegetables, which he shared with many. Woodworking was another passion, and he created many pieces for his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed daily watching the various birds that feed at his feeders. Leonard could best be described as a hard working, gentle, compassionate man that had a generous spirit. He loved telling stories about his life to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His faith in God and strength will remain as an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

He is survived by three daughters, Joan Girts of Clarks Summit; Cheryl and husband, David Whitten, of Standish, Maine; and Karen and husband, Harry Dilcher, of Muncy; eight grandchildren and their mates; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Leonard was also preceded in death by his sister, Melva Steenburg Nowak; and son-in-law, Larry Girts.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Elba. Interment will follow at the Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba, N.Y.

Visiting hours will be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Elba.

Those desiring may contribute in his memory to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Hospice of Genesee County, or First Baptist Church of Elba.

Arrangements are in care of Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home. Local arrangements are being handled by the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home.

Share a story, light a candle, or leave a condolence at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 20, 2012
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