Anne Marie Steinmetz, 83, peacefully passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014, surrounded by her immediate family.
She was born June 16, 1931, in Tiffin, to Lawrence F. and Margaret L. (Bour) Fleck. Anne married Richard J. Steinmetz April 21, 1951, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, and he preceded her in death July 1, 2009. They were best friends and companions for 58 years.
She is survived by two loving sons, Mark A. (Dorothy) Steinmetz of Tiffin and Matthew D. (Diane) Steinmetz of Fostoria; four grandchildren, Nathan C. (fiancee Heidi Gernheuser and her son, Derk), Jessica A., Eric J. and Kelli A.; three great-grandchildren, Aiden, Adison and Anderson; a brother, Richard Fleck of Tiffin; and a sister, Ida Schauder of Clearwater, Florida.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Martha M. Fleck; and a brother, James.
Anne was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin. She was a member of the St. Mary Folk Choir, the mixed choir and the women's choir for the past 43 years, as well as having been a eucharistic minister and serving on the liturgy committee. She was a member of the St. Mary Altar Rosary Society and the Seneca County Historical Society.
For many years, she was a seamstress in her home, making costumes and clothing for her two sons, as well as doing seamstress work for many. Her skills in artwork and sewing allowed her to produce and donate many church banners for her church in years past. She produced several school banners over the years, including her last one in 2007.
Anne was a den mother for the Cub Scouts in the 1960s. She taught pre-school religion class on Sundays and was a kindergarden aide at St. Mary School for a period of eight years. In addition, she taught an "arts and crafts" class (seventh grade), all on a voluntary basis, for 15 years. All totaled, Anne gave of herself to St. Mary School for a total of 43 years. She was one of four selected to receive the 2005 LEWIE award in the "volunteer" category at an awards night celebrated in April 2005 in Toledo. She taught her last "arts and crafts" class May 25, 2007, at 75 years of age.
She served on the renovation committee in the past, when St. Mary Catholic Church was being altered to conform with Vatican II. She also served on the renovation committee in 2001, when the church was renovated.
Anne loved traveling with her husband, especially on day trips to Amish country and along scenic highways during the fall months. She had many pets over the years, but cherished her dogs Boots, Missy, Buffy and Molly as if they were members of her family. Anne also enjoyed fishing, hiking (in the early years) and feeding the backyard birds and squirrels. One of her all-time favorite pastimes was to go for rides in the early evening to watch the young lambs in the meadows and to look for wild deer, a beautiful animal Anne loved to watch and enjoy.
Anne will be forever missed by family and friends, but her legacy of volunteerism, along with love and compassion for animals, will be carried on by those who she touched in life.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-3113, with a wake service at 4:30 p.m.
Prayers will be said at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at noon at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Gary Walters officiating. The rosary will be recited 20 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin.
Contributions may be made to Humane Society of Seneca County, St. Mary Catholic Church or the Seneca County Historical Society in care of the funeral home.
To send condolences, get directions or to view the celebration of life video, go to www.traunerofuneralhome.com.