The Obit For Ray Steinbacher

Raymond E. Steinbacher

Published in The New Jersey Herald on January 23, 2011

SUSSEX -- Raymond E. Steinbacher, 89, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Saint ClareÕs Hospital in Sussex.

He was born in West New York, N.J., to the late Jacob and Helen Steinbacher. He lived in the Packanack section of Wayne before moving to Sussex County in 1974.

Mr. Steinbacher was an all-state baseball player during high school and was signed by the Philadelphia Athletics. He played in the Minor League as a centerfielder on the Newport News Builders team, where he was awarded the 1940 most valuable player ring. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.

Mr. Steinbacher was active in many Packanack Lake activities and events, including coaching basketball teams and Little League baseball in the lake community.

He was an avid woodworker, restoring and refinishing antiques and creating custom-made pieces.

He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Katherine "Jean" Steinbacher, on May 31, 2010.

Mr. Steinbacher is survived by his son, Richard E. Steinbacher and his wife, Jackie, of Florida; his daughters, Eleanor Ann Steinbacher and Barbara Dalane and her husband, Stephen; his grandchildren, Richard E. Steinbacher Jr. and his wife, Joy, Lauren Steinbacher Lockwood and her husband, James, Kathleen Steinbacher Vehslage and her fiance, Robert Williams, Kari Anne Dalane, Scott Stephen Dalane and Maureen Cooper Shork; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St. (Route 23), Sussex. Friends may pay their respects to the family on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association , P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241, or to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be offered to the family at