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In Memory of

Marie Teresa Steinbock

March 8, 1925 - June 8, 2017

Obituary


Marie Teresa Steinbock, born Fanuele in 1925 in Hoboken, New Jersey, died peacefully in her own home on June 8, 2017 in Mulino, Oregon, at the age of 92.
She was presented as a day-old infant to her grieving father Joseph after her mother Marie died in childbirth. Her father made a bittersweet journey to Brillion, Wisconsin, with mother and baby by train, where Marie would spend the first few years of her life with her maternal grandparents, the Pflugers. Her first language was German. After a short time she rejoined her father and...

Marie Teresa Steinbock, born Fanuele in 1925 in Hoboken, New Jersey, died peacefully in her own home on June 8, 2017 in Mulino, Oregon, at the age of 92.
She was presented as a day-old infant to her grieving father Joseph after her mother Marie died in childbirth. Her father made a bittersweet journey to Brillion, Wisconsin, with mother and baby by train, where Marie would spend the first few years of her life with her maternal grandparents, the Pflugers. Her first language was German. After a short time she rejoined her father and his family in North Bergen, New Jersey, only to be orphaned at age nine when her father's heart failed. Marie was a loving but spirited child who ran away repeatedly from a stepmother's home to her Aunt Bella's home after her father's death, navigating Jersey and New York City from a tender age by ferry, subway and bus-all on her own. She would eventually be raised by this dear aunt, Isabella DeSantis, in what was affectionately called "the house of orphans," together with many cousins.
Marie had an adventurous American life. During World War II, she would answer the call for shipyard workers, working as a welder, painter and forklift operator, and proudly held membership in each of the associated unions. She was small enough to work in tight spaces on the big ships and often spent working days suspended below decks on cables. Later, she and her son Ben survived the big Vanport flood of 1948.
Two earlier marriages ended in divorce. The third time was the charm. Marie met the love of her life, Sam Steinbock, when she was a waitress at Duncan's in Portland, Oregon, and Sam was a salesman who frequented the restaurant. They would go on to spend nearly 40 happy years together until his death in 1997.
Marie was an avid gardener, feeder of hummingbirds and lover of several special poodles over many years. She preferred to be active, always. Even when aches and pains advanced with age, she could generally be counted on to forget them for a little while at the prospect of a trip to the beach and casinos with family. She was a lifelong "blonde" and a stylish dresser. Famous for her hash browns, French Dip sandwiches, spaghetti sauce and shells and barbequed chicken wings, she was also queen of the linen closet-nobody's wash smelled as good as hers. Her Illinois visitors (son Tony's family) would carry items expertly and fragrantly laundered by mom/grandma back with them as talismans of summer.
A collector of many things, a rock hound and passionate amateur archaeologist, Marie followed current events and was very interested in the world around her. She was a lifelong democrat, a compassionate Catholic and a very good listener. She lived independently in her own home, next door to her daughter Teresa and her family.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Sam Steinbock and her stepson Bernie (and Gwen) Steinbock. She is survived by children Ben (Linda) Steinbock, Anthony (Leslie) Steinbock and Teresa Steinbock, 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 11 great, great grandchildren.
May her life be a blessing to all who knew her.