Steve has been my hero as a "master of human relationships". He was not only believed in what the bible says about loving others, but he lived it. His purpose in life was always to befriend and actively help others. Steve let his own life become a result of seeking that purpose. A great example for we who mourn.
We, and many others, shared Barbershop harmony as a mission for many decades. There were cheers in heaven upon his arrival.
Stephen Mondau Stephen John Mondau passed away on February 17, 2019 at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by Eloise, his wife of 66 years, and parents, Luzon and Noemah. He is survived by his 5 children, Fritz (Barb), Cathy (Ronnie Moody), Chris (Laura), Louie (Cathy), Joe (Kris King), 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and his sister, Peggy Lunceford and her family. As the patriarch of the Mondau family, he set an example of commitment to his ideals, dedication to his faith and unconditional love for his family and friends. Dad was born October 3, 1926 in Tacoma, Washington and attended Stadium High School. While enrolled in the Navy Flight Training Program in Pensacola, Florida, he met our mother, Eloise. They were married in 1948 and moved to Seattle. After earning his teaching degree, he began work with the Tacoma School District where he was a valued teacher, principal and district level administrator for his entire career. In 1966, he was hired to be the Headmaster/Superintendent of the American International School in Lagos, Nigeria. He held that position from 1966-1968 and again from 1973-1976. It was very brave of him to uproot our family and move to Africa, and it was an experience that has enriched our lives tremendously. Dad had many interests and talents and took his turn at coaching youth sports, enjoyed hiking, fishing, and family camping. He was an avid reader and did volunteer work for his church. He enjoyed Sons of Italy gatherings, making Zinfandel wine the old fashion way, and golfing with friends at Fircrest Golf Club. A real passion was his love of barbershop music, and he was a member of the Tacoma Totem Aires for over 60 years. Dad used the strength derived from his faith to become, a loving, caring, nurturing father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. We all echo his 7 year old great-grandson who said to him in his final days, "I love you, Grampa Steve. I'll see you in Heaven." A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 26 at 12:10 pm at St. Leo Church in Tacoma. There will be a reception following at St. Leo. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Leo Food Connection or St. Leo Emergency Services. Please leave condolences online at www.gaffneycares.com.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Feb. 21, 2019.