Mrs. Helen O. "Tootsie" Steinmetz, 84, of Hahn's Dairy Road, Palmerton, Lower Towamensing Township, died early Monday morning, Feb. 4, in Towamensing Township.
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She was a social worker for the Lehigh-Carbon Intermediate Unit 21, Schnecksville, for 25 years before retiring in 1993, and previously was a secretary for the Palmerton Area School District for 18 years.Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Fedorka (Odulak) Olivia.
- She was the widow of William D. Stein-metz, who died in 2001.
She was a choir member of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, Palmerton, where she volunteered as a pincher for the pirohi project fundraiser.
A 1946 graduate of the Palmerton High School, she earned a bachelor of science degree in education from East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, and in 1971 graduated from Kutztown University with a master's degree in education.
Mrs. Steinmetz was a board member of the Carbon County Children and Youth; a PIAA girls' basketball official; member of the Lehigh Valley Ukrainian Millennium Choir; a lifeguard and adult swim instructor for the Palmerton Memorial Park; member and avid golfer at the Blue Ridge Country Club, Palmerton; an inductee in the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame, Carbon County; and a member of the PARS, Palmerton Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Palmerton Red Hats, Over-60 Club, Palmerton, and the Lehigh Gap Historical, Preservation and Museum.
Surviving are a son, Paul W., and his wife, Ann, with whom she resided; three grandchildren, Bryanna, Matthew and Gregory; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Stanley and Anastasia; and two brothers, John and Wassil.
Service: Divine Liturgy 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, Palmerton, with the Rev. Evhen Moniuk officiating. Interment, Towamensing Cemetery, Palmerton. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday and 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. Contributions in her name may be made to the memorial fund of the church, 106 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, Pa. 18071. Online condolences can be offered at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com.