Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 16, 2013

Edward Steinle

— TRAVERSE CITY — Edward Steinle, 82, of Traverse City, went to his Heavenly Father’s arms on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City.

Ed was born to Gottfried and Anna (Schultz) Steinle in Milwaukee, Wis. He attended and graduated from Custer High School and furthered his education so that he could pursue a career in business. He also took classes for effective public speaking and communications and mentored many who took these classes as well.

In 1952, he married the love of his life, Mavis Klein, and together they raised five wonderful children.

Ed was District Sales Manager for the Gillette Company prior to his retirement. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City. Ed was the type of person who would do anything to help someone.

In their retirement years, he and Mavis would travel the country in their motor home, stopping in cities to find a church to worship at on Sunday and they would ask the Pastor what they could do to help out in the community while they were there. Ed worked with Habitat for Humanity, and helped that organization not only here but in Romania and Hungary. Ed led by example, and used his talents for the well-being of his fellow man. In his leisure time, Ed enjoyed fishing and gardening. He is remembered with love and joy by the many lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mavis; children, Thomas (Teri) of Wisconsin, Kathleen Gift of Arizona, Mark (Judy) of Wisconsin, Susan (Steve) Jones of Indiana, and Laura (Greg) Stasiak of Michigan; 13 grandchildren, Kristen, Jenny, Chad, Jamie, Jesse, Alex, Matthew, Coleton, Connor, Dylan, Olivia, Kaitlyn and Alyssa; great-grandchildren, Gage and Mason, and Finley, a blessing that will arrive in December. Also surviving is his sister, Rose (Joe) Yaksh of Wisconsin, brother, George (Nikki) of Maryland; and a sister-in-law, Barb Steinle of Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Victor.

Visitation for Ed will take place at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. until noon, with the funeral service beginning at noon. Pastor Robert Zagore of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate.

The family asks that Ed be remembered through a memorial contribution to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018; or to Habitat for Humanity (, 618 S. Creyts, Suite C, Lansing, MI 48917.

Please share your memories and condolences with the family by way of Ed’s online guest book at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.