Steven P. Lowell

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YORK Steven Paul Lowell, a resident of York Twp., died Monday, November 12, 2012 at his home after a long and courageous battle with life threatening illnesses. He was the husband of Margaret (Lee) Lowell. Mr. Lowell was born Stefan Paul Sigmund Lowenthal on September 4, 1931, in Vienna, Austria, the only child of the late Fred "Fritz" and Alice "Litzie" Weissberger Lowenthal. Secular Jews, the family fled Austria in 1939, escaping first to Holland and then the United States. "What the Nazis took from me was my childhood," Mr. Lowell recalled of the comfortable life afforded by his father's successful career in metallurgy. "That was my biggest loss. And, of course, all the comforts that my parents had in Vienna." When the family became U.S. citizens in 1945 his parents changed their name to Lowell and Stefan became Stephan and then Steven. Mr. Lowell was proud to be a U.S. citizen and served in the U.S. Army. But he maintained a fondness for Austrian food and culture and an old world charm that included greeting women by kissing their hands. A successful businessman, Mr. Lowell was senior vice president of logistics for Bell Sports, Ind., formerly American Recreation Co., a career that brought him to York from Long Island in 1970. While with the companies, he managed all operations and the building and expansion of their distribution centers. Prior to that, he was vice president and secretary of Lederer Industries, a wholesale toy business in New York. Mr. Lowell held a degree in business administration from New York University and served in the college's alumnae recruiting committee. He taught logistics at Penn State-Middletown, was a member of the American Arbitration Association and served as founder and president of the South Central Roundtable of the Council of Logistics Management. His Hobbies included racquetball, stamp collecting, dining out and bridge. He was president of the White Rose Bridge Club and a Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League. Other community activities included board or committee positions with the Strand-Capital Performing Arts Center, United Way, Temple Beth Israel (20 Years) and Chambers Crossing Condominium Association, which he served as president from 1987-1991. In addition to his wife, Mr. Lowell is survived by what he called his proudest accomplishment his children and their families. He leaves his two sons, Richard "Rick" Lowell and his wife, Lori, of Woodenville, Wash., and Michael Lowell and his wife, Barbara, of Indio, Calif.; a daughter, Kimberly Welty and her husband, Chris, of Nokomis, Fla.; and a stepson, Jeffrey Goldstein and his wife, Pamela, of Roslyn, N.Y. Also left to mourn Mr. Lowell are his grandchildren: Corey Lowell and his wife, Amanda; Joshua Lowell and his wife, Sarah; Alexandra Lowell; David Goldstein and Gabi Goldstein; his great-granddaughter, Olivia Lowell; and his best friend, Andrew Rawicz. Mr. Lowell viewed himself as a "glass half full person", saying: "I think the best. Why not? It's just as easy to predict the good as the bad. Maybe the people we love really are up there in the sky playing cards. Who knows?" Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 2090 Hollywood Dr., York, 17403 with Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan officiating. Burial will be held in Long Island, N.Y. Those wishing to make donations in Mr. Lowell's memory are asked to do so to Temple Beth Israel, marked for the Jewish Community Foundation Fund of York, c/o Temple Beth Israel, 2090 Hollywood Dr., York, PA 17403. The Geiple Funeral Home, Inc., 53 Main St., Glen Rock, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Nov. 13, 2012
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