Raymond J. Steiner
1933 - 2019
Raymond J. Steiner SAUGERTIES- (May 1, 1933-March 5, 2019) died from the flu and pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, Cornelia Seckel; his daughter, Barbara Jonason; three grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no funeral. He donated his body to Albany Medical Center. Raymond, an essayist, poet, painter, and author, was an art critic/reviewer for ART TIMES/ arttimesjournal, a literary journal he and Cornelia founded in 1984 and for which he served as Editor. In addition to hundreds of essays, reviews, and critiques, he authored several books including The Art Students League of New York: A History and a novel The Mountain. His works have been translated into German, French, Italian, Czech, and Chinese. Landscape painting was an avocation of his for many years and his work was included in numerous group and solo shows in N.Y.C. and the Hudson Valley. He was a member of the American Society of Aesthetics, Artist Fellowship, Inc., the Salmagundi Club, and the International Association of Art Critics. Donations in his honor may be made to the Woodstock School of Art and the Woodstock Jewish Congregation. He always had a good joke for whoever would listen.
Published by the Daily Freeman from Mar. 11 to Mar. 17, 2019.
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Dear Cornelia, we are still shocked by the sad news of Ray's passing away. We would like to express our heartfeld condolences to you, dear Cornelia.
With Ray we lost a wonderful friend and knowledgeable conversation. We often shared the same opinions about art and world affairs. Since our first Meeting 1988 we visited each other, discussed and painted together - wonderful memories. We are very thankful. Ray was not only classically educated and intelligent, but also warmhearted and modest. We admired his unusual Memory, so he had written the first book about my art without taking notes. He opend for us the doors to American art and we owe him a lot. You both gave us a differentiated and wonderful picture of USA. Not only have we lost a faithful friend but also a great man of letters and painters.
Michelangelo once said: "I am not dead, I exchange the rooms. I live in you and go through your dreams."
We are infinitely sad and mourn with you.
Heinz and Christiane from Germany
Heinrich Jarczyk
March 30, 2019
Heinrich Jarczyk
March 30, 2019

Dear Cornelia, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Ray. Such a beautiful couple, contributing so much to the world. I am so pleased that I got to know him and I thought the world of him, his talent, his quick wit and humor. I was very fond of him and know you shall miss him deeply. One of these fine days I will be back in the Hudson Valley and look forward to seeing you. In the meantime, I am sending prayers and love your way, Patricia "Patti" Martin
Patricia Martin
March 25, 2019
Dear Ms. Cornelia Seckel,My name is Janet Bacon. I was in college at New Paltz when the paper Art Times was first published. I have been a reader and subscriber ever since. I thank you for this publication. I was a student of Henry Raleigh in my senior year and have enjoyed reading his unique articles. I send to you and your Loved Ones my deep concern and sympathy for your loss of you husband Raymond J.Steiner. I have his novel, The Mountain and I treasure the care your Family has dedicated to valuing the Arts. Most sincerely, Janet Bacon
Janet Bacon
March 24, 2019
Sorry for lost. Blessings to you and your family.

West Side Arts Coalition
March 23, 2019
so sorry to hear of the passing of Raymond. keep the faith. my condolences. Franc Palaia
March 22, 2019
A loving tribute indeed. We will miss him but his notable achievements will live on.
Carol Corpuel
March 21, 2019
I've was fortunate to 'know' Ray for over 20 years though we never met. He helped a young writer keep going and became a good friend. His humor and warm is missed every day.

He talked often of Cornelia until she, too, felt like a friend. The world is richer for her being in it.

There is always a place at my campfire for you, Cornelia.
Rebecca Monroe
March 21, 2019
Prayers for the Steiner family. Mr. Steiner was a wonderful teacher.
Joanne Schatzel Messer
March 21, 2019
Ray shed light on so many subjects! I loved talking and learning from and with him. My heart goes out to you and his other family members as you grieve his loss. He will be greatly missed.
Arlene Gould
March 20, 2019
I am enriched by having known Ray, and will miss his spirits-raising stories and eye-roll-worthy jokes. My heart is with you, Cornelia.
Donald Stark
March 20, 2019
phil metzger
March 20, 2019
Dear Cornelia,
I am so sorry for your loss.
Donna Catotti
March 20, 2019
Sorry for your loss, Cornelia. Didn't actually know Raymond, but as I look at the photo you've posted of him, I see kindness, intelligence, humor -- all worthy traits. Thank you for the obit. I wish you well as you ... continue. Marcia Slatkin.
Marcia Slatkin
March 20, 2019
Sorry for your loss, Cornelia. Didn't actually know Raymond, but as I look at the photo you've posted of him, I see kindness, intelligence, humor -- all worthy traits. Thank you for the obit. I wish you well as you ... continue. Marcia Slatkin.
Marcia Slatkin
March 20, 2019
My deepest condolences to the passing of this wise and sensitive soul who gave so much beauty and kindness to our world. Fly, fly away!
Dorothea Fischer
March 20, 2019
About a quarter-century ago my journalism career and I were floundering around in our usual position when I discovered Art Times and its Speak Out feature. I've got plenty to say, I thought, and if they want to hear it, I'll give it a shot. I sent along an article that mentioned going to the movies in my youth in Brooklyn. It was the first of several of my articles that Raymond Steiner eventually ran. Not only did he respond positively and publish it, but he wrote back to say he had grown up there as well, decades earlier, and patronized the same theater I wrote about. Small world, yes, but his writing and Art Times brought the length and breadth of it down to intimate size, to help make it more understandable and, in the process, more beautiful. I thank him for that, and my condolences go out to Cornelia.
Joe Griffith
March 20, 2019
March 20, 2019
Dear Cornelia and family.
I am saddened by your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Barbara Graff
Barbara Graff
March 20, 2019
My apologies. Ray was a teacher at MILLER JUNIOR HIGH. I wrote JWB in error. Bonnie M
March 16, 2019
Sorry for your loss, my condolences to the family and friends of Raymond may you find great comfort in God's promise found in John 6:40
March 16, 2019
To the family of Raymond Steiner. My condolences to you all. May you have underserved kindness and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 1:3; JF
March 16, 2019
Bonnie Metzger
March 15, 2019
To the Steiner family,
I am so saddened by your loss. I knew Ray as a young man He was in a band with my brother in law Bob Metzger. My husband Bill's twin.
We lost touch until he taught my daughter Nikki and son Dan at JWB junior high. Saw him a few times back then. He was a great teacher.
I wish I had known he was into the ARTS. would have had so much to discuss. I am sure you will miss him immensely. sincerely Bonnie Metzger [email protected]
March 15, 2019
My deepest sympathies to you, Cornelia, and your family.
Andrea Newman-Winston
March 15, 2019
Mr. Steiner was a wonderful teacher and talented artist. He was much loved at JWB Junior High school, and made a difference in the lives of so many students. I will always remember his wry sense of humor. He made learning grammar an enjoyable experience. Truly a life well lived. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family.
Elizabeth Worth [Kaman]
March 13, 2019
Dear Cornelia and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss.
I always enjoyed the time I spent with both of you, during my junior and senior years of high school. I so appreciated your guidance and help during those years that were difficult for me, for lots of reasons.
I can only imagine how much you will miss Ray. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Sincerely, Claire A Hannis
Claire Hannis
March 11, 2019
My condolence to Mr Steiner's family, and to the many people whose lives he in some way touched, myself included, as Mr Steiner was one of the best teachers I ever had.
W. D.
March 11, 2019
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