Orvis P. Steimer
1926 - 2021
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Orvis Phillip Steimer passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at The Ligonier Gardens surrounded by family members. He was born June 9, 1926, to Edward A. and Mary Weber Steimer, of Duquesne. He was one of 10 children and is survived by his sisters, Mary Steimer Dale and Carole Steimer Pastrick, and his brother, Paul (Marcie) Steimer. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School, in Duquesne, and was a graduate of Duquesne High School. He served in the Army Air Force Base Unit near the end of World War II. After the war, he attended and graduated from Penn State University, McKeesport campus, and Franklin College, Franklin, Ind., with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. He later received a master's degree in education from California State College. Orv began his career in the Ligonier Valley School District in 1956, teaching industrial arts. He coached track and later served as the athletic director. In 1970, he was appointed to the position of business administrator for the Ligonier Valley School District and retired after a total of 37 years of service. He was elected to and served several terms on the Ligonier Town Council and was the chair of the water department during his tenure. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jean Durst Steimer, who resides in Ligonier. After their retirement, they spent their spring, summer and fall months in Ligonier Valley and enjoyed the winter months at their home in Florida. Orv and Jean raised five children in Ligonier, Beth (David) Jeter, of Middleton, Wis., Marc (Aimee) Steimer, of Cincinnati, Ohio, David Steimer, of Ligonier, Nancy Steimer, of Spokane, Wash., and Amy (Tim) Kelleher, of Boca Raton, Fla. He is survived by nine grandchildren, Kara (Scott) Langer, Kali (Mick) Gonzalez, Kelsey Jeter, Marc (Nicole) Steimer Jr., Eric Steimer, Adam (Pershank) Steimer, Justin (Britne) Steimer, Ryan Eilenfield and Aaron Eilenfield; and five great-grandchildren, Cameron, Scarlett Jean, Lennox, Aiden and Lachlan. Orvis began visiting the Ligonier Valley in his early 20's, where he and his "buddies" from Duquesne rented cottages in the Darlington area. Later in life, he talked about his early visits to the Ligonier Beach, treks into the Laurel Mountains and how much he enjoyed the area. After receiving his teaching position in Ligonier, he moved his family to the area and shortly built a home on North Fairfield Street. He spent more than 60 years in that home and could often be seen watching the fall football games from the front porch. Services will be held at a later date and the interment is private. Arrangements are entrusted to the SNYDER-GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., Ligonier, 724-238-2611. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Ligonier Valley Education Trust, P.O. Box 95, Ligonier, PA 15658. Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.snydergreenfh.com.

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May 8, 2021
Thoughts and prayers to family . With all our live Bruce and Sally Matson
Bruce Matson
May 3, 2021
He was a great teacher, kind, professional and made education a desire for me. I had him for a teacher, from the Class of 1969. He will always be remembered and respected. Russ Brown
Russell Carl Brown Jr.
May 2, 2021
Our father admired your family! He had your first name!

Freiberg family
April 29, 2021
God's blessing on this next journey, Uncle Orvis.
Jennifer Pastrick
April 29, 2021
God's blessing on your next journey, Uncle Orvis. I remember being a small child at your home and you telling me about the native american ghost who banged the basement door to get everyone's attention. I don't know why that memory stayed with me but it did.
Unfortunately we can't gather together with Aunt Jean and the kids to celebrate your wonderful life, but we will raise a glass at the Log Cabin in Geneva and sing a round of "we are the boys of Geneva."

love and respect - your niece
Jennifer Pastrick
Jennifer Pastrick
April 29, 2021
God's blessings to you, Uncle Orvis, on your next journey. I remember being in your house as a child and hearing stories about the ghost that slammed your basement door to get everyone's attention. I don't know why that memory stayed with me but it did.
I wish we could all get together to celebrate your life with Aunt Jeanie and your kids, but circumstances forbid it. Instead we will raised a glass at the Log Cabin in Geneva and wish you well on your blessed adventure.
with much love and respect,
your niece,
Jennifer Pastrick
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