Samuel J. Steinman, 94, of Sylvania, died on December 5, 2020 in his home. Sam was born in Toledo to Oscar and Nettie Steinman, who immigrated from Poland and Russia. He attended Fulton School and Scott High School, graduating a year early to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II. He fought in Europe in the 2nd Armored Division, known as "Hell on Wheels." He was in many important battles including the Battle of the Bulge, and also the liberation of Dachau. He earned many medals, including the Purple Heart.
After the war, Sam earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo, attending on the GI Bill. He worked with his father at their business in downtown Toledo, the National Cap Company. When the business closed in the early 1960s, Sam became a manufacturer's representative for a uniform company. He called on customers in the Midwest until his retirement at age 80.
Of all of his accomplishments, most cherished by Sam was his family. He married his beloved wife Beverly Manoff in 1952, and they enjoyed 68 years of marriage. Their daughters were the light of Sam's life, along with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sam and Bev had dozens of dear friends with whom they traveled extensively. They also enjoyed duplicate bridge, tennis, and dining out. Sam had a keen intellectual mind and a great curiosity for lifelong learning. One of his favorite weekly visits was to the library, and he read several books a week throughout his life. He was an expert in New York Times crossword puzzles, which he completed in Flair pen. He also was a devoted fan of Detroit sports teams, most especially the Detroit Tigers.
Sam's good humor, bad jokes, and positive outlook on life will be missed by all who knew him. The world feels a little less bright without our dear Daddy, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa.
Sam is survived by his wife, Beverly; children, Caryl (Nevin) Liber and Debra (Christopher) Tilley; grandchildren, Jessica (Payton) Cancio, Nicholas (Kendra) Liber, Katherine (Ben) Steele, Stephen Tilley, and Robin (Rik) Hull; great-grandchildren, Jett James and Samantha Jean Cancio, and Logan Samuel Steele, and his faithful furry companion Boo.
A celebration of Sam's life will be held sometime next year, due to Covid. Arrangements are through the Robert H. Wick/Wisniewski Funeral Home (419) 535-5840. The family would like to especially thank Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Nurse Jamie and aides Ryan and Dwayne were so kind and caring. In lieu of flowers, and to honor Sam's compassion for the underdog, the family requests that tributes be made to a food bank or any charity that provides for the less fortunate.
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