John Steinegger
1933 - 2019
Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory
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Stamford, CT
John F. Steinegger
John Frank Steinegger, 86, a resident of Greenwich and formerly of Darien, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, December 6, 2019. John was born in Darien, on July 1, 1933, a son of the late Frank John and Frances Elizabeth Partele Steinegger of Darien. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his two sisters Mary Donohue of New Fairfield, Connecticut and Frances Monahan of Stamford, Connecticut.
John was raised in Darien and graduated from J.M. Wright Technical High School as a Master Lithographer. He worked in the business for 15 years in the production of high school yearbooks. In 1959, John purchased his first commercial building close to the Stamford Train Station for renovation and investment purposes. He subsequently founded John F. Steinegger Construction and built numerous homes for speculative sale in Darien, Greenwich and New Canaan. During the ensuing years John developed, owned and operated a real estate portfolio of apartment buildings, office buildings, warehouses, neighborhood retail centers, residential subdivisions and a hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.
Notwithstanding his business accomplishments, his greatest joy in life was his family and annual summer vacations in Chatham, Massachusetts and Block Island, Rhode Island. He also was an avid equestrian and took weekly trips to his farm (Falcon Ridge Farm) in Woodbury, Connecticut to ride and jump horses. John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy Jane Hecker who was born in Stamford, Connecticut and was the love of his life. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Steinegger Church of Burlingame, California. John leaves behind three married children and their spouses, Frank and Karen Steinegger of Darien, Claudia and Steven Dey of Bernardsville, New Jersey, Melinda and Robert Audet of Madison, Connecticut. He also leaves behind eight adoring grandchildren, John Steinegger of Denver, Elisabeth Steinegger Anderson of Littleton, Colorado, Sarah Audet of Los Angeles, William Audet of San Francisco, Malcolm Dey of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Lydia Dey of New York City, Peter and Heidi Steinegger of Darien, and two great-grandchildren, James and Juliet Anderson of Littleton, Colorado.
A private graveside service was held at Long Ridge Union Cemetery, Erskine Road, Stamford, Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John's memory to: United States Equestrian Team Foundation, Inc. – International Developing Rider/U25 Fund.
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Published by New Canaan Advertiser & Stamford Advocate & Darien Times & Greenwich Time from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2019.
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RIP John you were a great man.
wells Berni
January 5, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with John, his son Frank and wife Nancy for many years. Very loyal people. John knew my Dad Austin and then I was in. I liked that loyalty, he never forgot. Smart, witty and a great personality, always telling me about his love for his family and family trips. He will be greatly missed. Frank, Nancy and family, my prayers of comfort are with you at this sad time.
Jocelyn Sabato Russo
December 16, 2019
Rest in peace John
Petey from the Westside
December 14, 2019
Rip my old friend
Mike Bell
Michael Bell
December 14, 2019
Remembering John for kindnesses shown during a difficult period of my life. My condolences to his family. Rest In Peace, John.
Former Tenant
December 12, 2019
My dad owned Stamford Kitchen Center, and he always considered John to be one his best builders. I still remember running cabinet deliveries over to his newly built homes in Greenwich.

May your good memories comfort you in this time of sadness.
Steven Simmons
December 12, 2019
my condolences to the family - RIP john
December 11, 2019
So sorry for your loss. It was good to John a few weeks ago. We know Nancy will miss him. I have great memories of being with your family when I was growing up.
Charlie ,Shari & Marge Brennan
December 11, 2019
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