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July 10, 2010

Donald M. "Michael" Steele, 49, of West Hartford Street, Ashley, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was born in Wilkes-Barre on August 28, 1960, a son of the late Donald L. and Arlene M. Drozda Steele. He was the director of the P.E.O.P.L.E. Association, an Internet social networking company. He also worked as a popular disc jockey and did voice-overs for various commercial products. He was a graduate of Bishop Hoban High School and Luzerne County Community College, as well as a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mike is survived by sisters Dr. Marla Iverson and her husband, Francis, Rochester, N.Y., and Rhonda Harris and her husband, Keith, Lexington, Ky.; as well as several aunts and cousins. The family would like to acknowledge good friends Donna and Danielle Houck, and Dr. Gary Weissberger, who bravely assisted Mike in his final hours. Thanks also to the Ashley Ambulance Crew for their wonderful work. Family and friends are invited to calling hours this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. There will be a Celebration of Life service, officiated by the Rev. Ann Marie Acacio, from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made in Mike's name to the St. Leo's/Holy Rosary Church Food Pantry, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley, PA 18706.



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Published in Times Leader on Jul. 14, 2010.
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August 9, 2010
Mike Steele, So easy of a person to remember. Big guy w a big heart. Owned the home run record in hand ball at St Leo's, impossible to tackle when we played football, probably could beat up anyone at school, but bothered no-one. Lived right across the street from Mike and we shared a lot of great memories. God Bless

Joe McDaniels
Joe McDaniels
July 26, 2010
Having met Mikey has truly been a blessing.Through him I got to know his parents and sisters.I have grown to love them all dearly. They've been like a second family to me.Their home was extraordinary;always filled with so much love, joy, compassion and selflessness. Now that Mikey has rejoined Don and Arlene in heaven,those of us whose lives he touched will surely miss him. I will forever cherish all the memories the Steele's and I have made over the last 31 years. Love you & miss you buddy.
Jo Ann Guesto-Third
July 24, 2010
Donald and friends and family.
We are so sorry to lose you Mike. I called you Donald and it was nice to get reaquainted with you at TheIcehouse Pub in Mt. Top. I'll always remember you from highschool and your crush on Sue. Rest in peace friend. Valerie
July 22, 2010
Michael, I was not familiar with you personally, but I was familiar with your voice. Thanks you for your devoted work. I and my children we continue to master colloquial English with EN101 and your voice continues to conduct us to our dream. Thanks you. We will always remember you. /Larisa Greenberg, Israel/
Larisa Greenberg
July 21, 2010
mike youve been like a dad to me theses past four yrs. i send my truest reguards to the family and i hope you know that i will miss him dearly and so will danni and donna. he will always be in our hearts, beside he taught me one very important fact about life "live it to the fullest and dont let anyone get in your way."
jessica borys
July 20, 2010
Marla and Rhonda, You may not remember me but my family was from Hartford Street. My mom lived in Vino's apt, right in front of your home. I remember "Donny Mike" or "Mikey" as we called him in those days. He was a happy go lucky kid, polite and so likeable. Your mom and dad were wonderful people. I can still see your dad flying those model planes. Did you know that your mom helped me make my wedding dress, baked a cake for my mom's 70th birthday party and did so much more. Neighbors such as you parents (and your family) come along once in a lifetime. Your parents were so proud of the three of you. Now Donny Mike is with them .. making them laugh once more.

Sally Hall McGuire
July 19, 2010
I can remember playing handball at lunch time at St Leo's. Mike would hit the ball so much farther than anyone else. I believe we invented the field overload, not the teams playing against Barry Bonds. We used to have to put everyone as far back as we could go and hope for the best.
The first time I ever shot a gun was with Mike and his Dad by the creek. Scared the heck out of me, but boy could they shoot. Haven't seen Mike in a long time. But the friends you make early in life stay with you forever.
Bob Flynn
July 18, 2010
marla and rhonda, the world has lost one of the most inspirational man that uplifted anyone who knew michael. we cherished the fantastic memories we shared growing up, the laughter was unending . just recently we were in touch with mike threw the internet after not seeing each other for years, it opened up so much love and happiness of which mike gave at any cost. thank god for giving us the short time we had with michael, and i am sure we will meet again and laugh again. we all will remember his smile and wit to bring us threw the good and bad times. their are no words to describe how much he will be missed, we can all just dream and make things happen in a positive way just like michael taught us to. rest in peace michael. we will miss you .
kevin and karla hyman
July 18, 2010
Mike I didn't know you well but what I did know was that your friendly wit & pleasant attitude will linger in my mind for a long long time.

May all who care know that as a tribute to you the memorial service was packed about 200 friends & family showed up to pay tribute on a hot July day. That say's something of the man & his life's friends & family.

My heart goes out to your sister's Ronda & Marla & all who knew & loved knowing you.
Rodger & Arlette Iverson
July 18, 2010
Dear Marla and Rhonda, Mike was truly your mother's son. He had her heart and love of family and friends. Your mom and all of you always had a way of making me feel welcome, comforted and loved. I think of you often and hope to be in touch and talk more. My heart aches for what you have to deal with. I know what losses are like when you are a distance away...distance does not make it any easier but more difficult to deal with. My heart and prayers are with you..All my love.
Marcy Ann Marini Czock
July 18, 2010
Ambassador Reverend Michael A. Steele, Esq.
Hey MIKE,

Been here at the computer for almost an hour trying to figure out HOW / What? .... what to say

You knew me as the Reverend and I HAVE NEVER BEEN LOSS FOR WORDS...

I got a message about your passing and i was thinking this is one of your genius pranks or jokes for not hearing me for a few days...

I SMILED and thought I have to give you a call - I called and got no answer -

MIKE [ Mike's Family] I WILL MISS MIKE SOOOO MUCH....

We were the Three Michaels ME - YOU & ROBINS - Now there is no YOU bud.
We spent so much time praying together and planning and looking to the future.

Please know one thing - you have given me a renewed focus on not giving up bud - your life has been a testimony to me. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU - We were always fighting to get the email address or login with our name first because we were both Michael Steele -
Sat here crying so much bud.....

May all your family, loved ones and friends know that you were one terrific guy and I am Honored that God has given me a chance to get to know you.

May you Rest in Peace bud.

For those who remain - I pray God's continued blessings and grace to carry you through this Journey.

In. Psalm 23 the Word declares - Though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, You are with me - Your rod and staff they comfort me.

God also promised that HE will NEVER leave us nor forsake us.

Michaelasteele2003@yahoo.co.uk

[I had to use my Florida location so that I could sign here - Please know that I currently reside in Bridgetown, Barbados West Indies.
Michael Steele
July 17, 2010
Dearest Marla and Rhonda and family,
Words can't express how my heart aches for you all. Losing a sibling has a pain all of its own. A day doesnt go by that I don't think of Judy. Such a great loss. Just know I am thinking and praying for you all. I love you. Keep his memory alive, talk about him every day. I love you guys,
Love Carol Marini Savner
Carol and Paul Savner
July 17, 2010
I knew Mike through church at first and later found out we were neighbors in Ashley. I didn't have a car at the time and Mike volunteered on more than one occasion to take my children to day care and myself to work...picked us up afterward as well...without hesitation - smile on his face - we had great conversations - heart to heart - he was a great guy, always smiling and willing to help. He will be greatly missed. Deepest condolences to both of his sisters on their great loss. God Bless.
Sandy (Gibson)Barron
July 17, 2010
My condolences go out to the family ,I met Micheal on numerous occasions ,from wise crackers comedy club and charlies bar and what a funny guy ,always made you laugh i cant believe a guy so young with so much talent & love for people had to go already,he will be in my heart and prayers everyday
carl
July 17, 2010
Vivian Lambert
I first met Mike 16 yrs ago and we became instant friends. Mike had a larger than life personality and a light of love, inspiration that motivated many. He came into my life during a very dark and difficult time while I was going through a divorce. Mike turned me on to teachers like Mark Victor Hansen, Anthony Robbins, Les Brown, etc. Mike and ... See Morethese teachings gave me hope to see a brighter day, to have a vision and to start anew. Mike and I were kindred spirits in so many ways. He is a rare treasure of a human being and he will be greatly missed by me and many others. Thank you Michael for shining your bright light of life, love, inspiration and motivation to live one's dreams...DARE TO DREAM. Mike would always ask me, "Vivian, what is your dream"...I am so blessed to have you in my life and to have you as a friend. Love you Michael!
Vivian Lambert
July 16, 2010
Dear Marla and Rhonda,
I'm sorry about the loss of Michael. Michael and I were friends at Bishop Hoban. After Graduation Michael went to the beach with myself, Kevin Brady, Peter Sukowski and a few other. Micheal met a beautiful girl from Italy named Anna at the Beach. micheal said it was great being with the guys from High school. When I came to town Michael was never to busy to see me. He told me once he read a great book, called Awaken The Giant Withing. He said it really changed his life. Due to serious illness in my family I have not been home for quit some time. I will Really miss talking to Micheal. Michael is and always will be my good friend.
Chris Gallagher
July 16, 2010
i hope you were listening tonight. i'll sure as hell miss seeing you around. tomorrow's for you buddy.
m
July 16, 2010
MARLA AND RHONDA,

PLEASE ACCEPT OUR SINCERE SYMPATHY ON THE LOSS OF YOUR LITTLE BROTHER.

OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

CINDY AND DAN KERN AND FAMILY (NORTHFIELD NJ)
BETTY AND ANDY ONDER AND FAMILY (HAZLETON PA)
AMY GRIFFITH (ASHLEY)

(THE GRIFFITH GIRLS FROM ASHLEY)
July 16, 2010
Dear Marla and Fran-
Rob and I are thinking of you and sending you our love. You are in our thoughts, prayers and hearts. So sorry we are unable to make the drive down on Saturday. We will be thinking of you...
Michele and Rob Messenger
July 16, 2010
Mike we celebrate your life here on earth, your memory will always live on. Rest in Peace.
Rhonda Harris
July 16, 2010
My heartfelt condolances for Michael's passing. Being around him, and his zest for life was infectious. My only regret is that we didn't have the opportunity to work on more joint projects, or spend more time hanging out. You left us far too soon. R.I.P mi amigo!
Brian Hughes
July 15, 2010
I never actually met Mike. I did, however, speak to him on the phone on numerous occasions when he was with my mom. I think the thing that impressed me the most about Mike was his willingness to help out various troubled teens from dysfunctional families. He really cared about those kids and some of them even looked up to him as the father they never had. Although he never fathered children of his own, I know many troubled teens viewed him as a father figure.
Rest in peace dear Mike.
Heather Owen
July 15, 2010
Dear Rhonda, thank you for your thank you. I hope you are doing OK. I've experienced Michael hanging around me and he's very happy, he sends you his love, and he wants you to enjoy life.
Michael Robins
July 15, 2010
Michael, Michael, Michael....Man Im gonna miss u.....Im at a loss of words here, speechless. best I can put it, to quote another of your friends here, is YOU EARNED THOSE WINGS! Barb and Mark also miss u and Im so glad u met my daughter Tennessee. I will tell her that she knew a great man when she was young and teach her some of the lessons you taught all of us, passion to live life, FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!. Enjoy your stay Mike, Well meet again, some sunny day on that beach, and you know what were gonna do??? nothing......
Matthew Margavage
July 15, 2010
Mike really enjoyed our trip to Vegas!
Sally Owen
July 15, 2010
Dear Rhonda and Marla,
Although I never had the honor of meeting you while I was spending time with Mike, I want to express my deepest sympathy and condolances for your loss. Michael was a wonderful, kind, loving Christian man. He will live on in the hearts of many.
Mike and I had many long deep conversations about his childhood, his life, his feelings and his aspirations. I want you to know that, at all times and in all situations, his two sisters, Marla and Rhonda were number one in his thoughts and in his life.
May God bless you and bring you comfort.
Sally Owen
July 15, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of celebration of your life and purpose.
Sundeep Kishore
July 15, 2010
Our loss of such a sweet, funny and wonderful man --- is heaven's gain!
I met Mike at BHHS in 1975, and was blessed on many occasions to simply be in his company. One particular memorable time was the filming of Redneck Survivor, where he co-starred with my daughter Adrienne. We still laugh out loud, looking at the pics and remembering.
Mike did his job here, made so very many people happy, then God scooped him up for his big reward.
Until we meet again.....
Brenda Ambrose
July 15, 2010
Adrienne and Mike, on the set filming Redneck Survivor.
July 15, 2010
Mike's "redneck" acting debut.
July 15, 2010
my family knew mike many years ago from church.we always enjoyed being in his company.like many people i have met through the years at church we will always be family. my sympahty and prayers are with all who knew mike!!!
janice krushinski
July 15, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Audrey Gorham
July 15, 2010
Mike was a good friend and I will miss him. He often talked of sitting on a beach somewhere without a care in the world. I hope the water is warm and the sun is shining for you my friend. You will be truly missed. My condolences to Mike's family and many friends.
Bob and Roberta Perkowski
July 14, 2010
Big Mikey. You were one of the first friendships I made when I transferred to St. Leo's in the middle of 3rd grade. What a big heart, what a gentle giant. Always bigger than life, he could make an adventure out of absolutely nothing. Grade school friendships are the most special. Somehow the Lord kept us connected through the years. Our paths would cross while we were in the Navy, my mother would later send me newspaper clippings of Mikey's accomplishments. I was planning to see him, looking forward to telling him how happy and proud I was for him. I was sure Mikey would be the same genuine person I remember him as, I don't think he was able of being anything but genuine. God bless him, God's will be done. He will be missed, but will live in fond memories. Rest now, in peace. Your buddy, Quinny (Bob Quinn) St Leo's Class of 74, Bishop Hoban 78.
Robert Quinn
July 14, 2010
Michael was and is a dear friend of mine. He was a great guy with a warm heart , and a wondervful vision. He may not be visible, but he is with us, nevertheless. And he wants his family to be glad for him rather than sad for him. In the absolute realms of love there are no losses, which doesn't mean that you can't miss him. His friend, Michael Robins
Michael Robins
July 14, 2010
We only met Mike one time when he brought my sister and niece to our home in the Fingerlakes NY, so what we know of him we know mostly through them, His love , kindness and generosity were to them a treasure that could never be replaced, He was Donnas love of life as well as her best friend, Danielle called him Dad and to her he truly was that figure... his heart touched many of you also as we have read through these entries of you who celebrate his life.... Fly high Mike with your new wings as the Angels greet you ,The heaviness in our hearts is not for you to bear any longer..... Rest in the clouds till we all meet again!
Our Sympathies to All his Family, Friends and Loved ones.
The Schratz's
July 14, 2010
I worked with Michael for nearly 4 years over the internet. He was a professional voice recorder for our lessons in our global English education company. He was a very talented man with the perfect voice for the job. When I finally met him after working for him after about 2 years, he was exactly what I had pictured after talking to him countless times over the phone. He was a tall, classy yet comical looking guy that could light up a room by walking by it. After visiting me and my family for just one week in Oklahoma, he had me sold on the fact that we would be friends for life. He was a guy with big dreams and big goals. We will all miss his quick humor and his great ideas. He is like family to us and we will remember him and cherish the times we had forever. Your voice will be heard around the world for years to come my friend. Save me a seat in heaven.
Paul McCullough
July 14, 2010
Dear Rhonda and Marla,
You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your brother. I know how hard it is to lose a sibling. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your memories of Mike bring you comfort in this most difficult time.
Elaine Monahan Kunec
July 14, 2010
To our dear friend, Marla, her husband, Fran, and the Steele family. We are still shocked that her "goofy" brother, Mike, has gone to heaven to keep the good Lord on his toes! We met Mike through Marla many years ago, and we still have photos of him holding our daughter on an unforgettable camping trip to PA! Now both our girls are in high school and look back on the times when he came to NY to visit his sister or come to an event that he joined in on, even when he never knew anyone. He was the life of the party. He will be missed dearly by all those that knew him. Thank you, Mike, for the 'words of wisdom' you gave to us all. God Bless and keep the music down! All our love, Jerry, Marie, Emily & Michaela Hoover
July 14, 2010
I met Mike through a stand-up comedy class. Mike always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude. I'm sad to hear of his passing.

-cj hood
cj hood
July 14, 2010
Wise Crackers Comedy Club
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Mike -Gary and Mark Victor Hansen-Author-Chicken Soup for the Soul
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Comedy Club Friends
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Always said "Things are looking up"
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Comedy Club Friends
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Comedy Club Friends
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Business Mike
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Mike's TV Show from his college years.
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Florida Mike after the Navy
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Mike & Bob in the Navy
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
You will live in our hearts forever You gave us enough love to last a life time its was a honor to have been a part of your life as you were in ours god bless you mike until we meet again love you forever Donna and Danielle
Donna Houck
July 14, 2010
Mike and the Amish Comic
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
DJ Mike doing what he loved...making people laugh.
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Donna Isaac
July 14, 2010
Mike and Rhonda (Always Smiling)
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Mike & Gary and Anthony Robbins
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Rhonda and Keith Harris,
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. It was such a blessing to meet Mike at your wedding he was such a wonderful person and always so pleasant and full of laughter, love, and compassion.
Fond memories of him will be forever.....
We love you much!
God Bless,
Cecil & Eunice Ausby and Family
Eunice Ausby
July 14, 2010
Mike was a great friend, a great listener, and someone who would lift you up when you were feeling down.
One great memory I have of Mike was when we traveled to upstate NY for a church social. I was in the lead car and Mike in the car behind me. I foolishly flipped a quarter out of my window the car was doing 45 mph. When we got to the social, Mike walked up to me and showed me a red circular mark on the palm of his right hand. He then open up the other hand and showed me the quarter. We laughed for a long time about that. Thanks for all the laughs Mike.
Michael McTiernan
July 14, 2010
Gosh, so sorry to hear about this. Mike seemed like a super nice guy the few interactions I had with him. My condolences to all his friends and family.
Marti Iben
July 14, 2010
Best Friends
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Mike and Heather
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
His friend Peggy's wedding
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Danielle ,so sorry to hear about your DAD i.find comfort in knowing how much he love you and your mother aunt joan
joan kopeck
July 14, 2010
Mike was a great friend, a great listener, and someone to lift you up when you were down. One memory that I will never forget was one time, while driving to a church social in upstate NY, I was in the lead car and Mike was in the car behind us. I foolishly tossed a quarter out the window while traveling at about 40 mph. To my amazement, once we got to the social, Mike walked up to me and showed me a red circle on the palm of his right hand, then he opened his other hand and showed me the quarter. We laughed for a long time. Thanks for the laughs Mike.
Michael McTiernan
July 14, 2010
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MIKE. MAY GOD GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO GET THREW THIS. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY.
SANDY FLOREK-WOLFE
July 14, 2010
My Dear Brother,
You have touched so many lives in your short time her on earth and always made someone laugh and smile or feel loved. My words can not express the deep sadness my broken heart feels. But I am comforted in knowing your memory will live on forever in those you have touched and your spirit will alway be with us here to carry us thru.

May you rest in peace and always bounce around the clouds with joy and laughter still. You are set free my dear sweet brother and I will love you always.
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
My Dear Brother
Rhonda Harris
July 14, 2010
Mike Steele is remembered. His friends are devastated on the news of his untimely passing. Mike understood the isolation, and loneliness that living in the 'Valley' could bring. His PEOPLE Association was years ahead of any online social networking. His mission was to bring people together for dinners, dances, park events etc. in hopes of connecting people so they make a friend or two in this often callous world. Meeting and talking with Tony Robbins...how many of us get that chance? I will remember Mike as the man I knew him to be: kind, considerate, entrepreneurial, visionary, hopeful, and accepting. The world has lost one of its true friends. God Bless You, Mike.
Diane Carlin
July 14, 2010
Marla , we ask ourselves did we say the right thing , did we do the right thing .... you my dear friend can never question that. You were always there for Mike , he was a good guy , passionate with life and always a smile, willing to help anyone, God has special plans for Mike , he will never be gone from our hearts and will always be with us .I pray for Mike and you that you will find peace , God will give you the strength to get threw this, my love to you & your family
Mountain Friend
July 14, 2010
Marla , we ask ourselves did we say the right thing , did we do the right thing .... you my dear friend can never question that. You were always there for Mike , he was a good guy , passionate with life and always a smile, willing to help anyone, God has special plans for Mike , he will never be gone from our hearts and will always be with us .I pray for Mike and you that you will find peace , God will give you the strength to get threw this, my love to you & your family
Mountain Friend
July 13, 2010
Although the Steele family lived practically in my back yard (my family was on Manhattan) I really didn't get to know Michael until we were adults. And I grew to love him very much.

He spent alot of time at our home after we moved out of Ashley. And then when my husband and I got together, he was a dear and faithful friend to my husband and I. He was a part of our wedding party and he and Mrs. Steele made the best wedding cake I have ever tasted.

We lost close touch over the years, occassionally I would check in with him on TPA. And I always loved visiting my sister on Company Row & seeing him sitting ontop of the garage roof on Blackman Street...hootin and hollarin like a construction worker...just to make us laugh...and he always did. And to this day I still look up there with a smile when I pass on Blackman Street.

But no matter how much time past between our encounters, an accidental meeting at Walmart or where ever ended up being a visit because it was like we never lost touch.

He always had a smile and a kind word for me. And always...always...always something to make me laugh...I love you my friend....see you soon!
Peggy (Bromfield) Wentz
July 13, 2010
We pray that God will grant you his peace, comfort and understanding. He will never leave you Rhonda. He said so.
James T. Harris, Jr (Yvette and JT)
July 13, 2010
Rhonda,as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Michael was a friend to our family and had spent much time with us in our neck of the woods, he will truly be missed.
Kathy Krol-Hatton
July 13, 2010
Angie McCubbins
July 12, 2010
In rememberance of Mike Steele! He was my "Big Sis" Rhonda's little brother. A great guy to know and oh so funny. Always made you laugh! He will be missed terribly!
Angie McCubbins
July 12, 2010
I didn't know Michael, but I send sincere sympathy to Rhonda and the rest of the family. May God cradle you in His loving arms and heal your hearts. Michael has gone home to be with Jesus.
May he rest in peace, God Bless the family.
Hugs,
Babs
Babs
July 12, 2010
My condolences to Mike's family. He and I have known each other over 15 years. I met him through Bob Butts. He was so full of life and laughter. I always admired his positive attitude and his love for humankind.
I know you are up there with the angels. I know you've earned your wings, Mike. I'll keep you in my heart forever. Love, Tina.
Tina Decker
July 12, 2010
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