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Barbara-Lee Kirchmyer Steiner, 84, of Church Creek, passed away on November 13, 2020. Born on June 19, 1936 in Tottenville on Staten Island, New York, she was the daughter of the late Raymond J. Kirchmyer, Sr and the late Elinor Deary Wells Kirchmyer.
Barbara was educated in the New York City school system, and earned a New York State Regent’s diploma in 1954. She graduated from the State University of New York, Teachers College at Plattsburgh in 1958 with a bachelor’s of science degree in home economics education. She earned a master’s of science degree in education from Salisbury State College in 1974.
Barbara began her teaching career in Newark, New Jersey in 1958, where she taught at Clinton Place School for three years. She married George H. Steiner in 1959 on Staten Island and the couple moved first to Bloomfield, New Jersey and then to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was employed as an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry. The couple’s three children, Karl Thomas, Christine Lisa and Cynthia Lee were born during their years in Pittsburgh.
In 1968, the family moved to Annapolis, Maryland and in 1971, to Church Creek. Barbara became a teacher in the Dorchester County School System in 1971 and taught home economics at North Dorchester High School, North Dorchester Middle School and Maces Lane Middle School before retiring in 1999.
During her teaching career, Barbara was involved with Dorchester Educators, serving as delegate to the state teacher’s convention for several years. She also co-organized the annual Art Show for many years.
Barbara was an EMT, an active volunteer and a Life Member of the Church Creek Volunteer Fire Company, having served in various capacities, including as President and as Ambulance Captain. She was inducted into the Dorchester County Firefighters Hall of Fame in October 2010, the Eastern Shore Volunteer Fireman’s Association Firefighters Hall of Fame in September 2012, and the Maryland State Fireman’s Association Hall of Fame in June 2011. Barbara was very proud of these accomplishments, having given 20 years of service to the CCVFC.
Barbara was also a member of the General Perry Benson Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. She served in various capacities with the NSDAR, including scholarship chair and treasurer. In 2017, she was recognized for sixty years of service to the NSDAR.
A devout Catholic her entire life, Barbara was a member of St. Mary Refuge of Sinners Church in Cambridge, and St. Mary Star of the Sea in Golden Hill. She earned a certificate in religious education from Trinity University in Washington, DC in 2004. She was secretary for many years of the St. Mary Refuge of Sinners Parish Council Committee and the Christian Formation Committee. Barbara was also a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish Council. She helped plan Liturgy services and was a devoted Eucharistic Minister. She led Adult Education study programs and the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Teen programs and was the editor of the church bulletin for many years.
In the mid-1970s, Barbara was one of the members of the DAPPS committee (Dorchester Against Power Plant Siting) which successfully opposed the construction of a power plant outside of Church Creek.
Barbara is survived by her three children, Karl Steiner of Church Creek, Chris Steiner of New Castle, Delaware, and Cyndi Steiner of Annapolis, Maryland; her ex-husband, George Steiner of Annapolis; a brother Ray Kirchmyer of Bradenton, Florida, a sister Christy Lane Unser of Dripping Springs, Texas, and a sister Lee Wells of San Diego, California; sister-in-law Marion Steiner and brother-in-law Jerry Ginsberg of Boca Raton, Florida; brother-in-law Eric Steiner and sister-in-law Alixe VanWells of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and her goddaughter Maggie Pantzloff of Church Creek.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 beginning 11 a.m. at St., Mary, Refuge of Sinners Catholic Church Cemetery, Cambridge, MD. Officiating will be Rev. Stephen Lonek.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy be made as memorial contributions to St. Mary, Refuge of Sinners Catholic Church, 2000 Hambrooks Blvd. Cambridge, MD 21613 and to the Church Creek Volunteer Fire Company, P. O. Box 16, Church Creek, MD 21622.
Arrangements entrusted to Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A. Cambridge.
To share online condolences with the family, please visit www.newcombcollins.com.
Thoughts and prayers going out to Karl, Cindi, and Chris during this most difficult of times.
Mike Greenhawk Nov 18 2020 12:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Carol Messick Green Nov 18 2020 12:00 AM
The General Perry Benson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution offers our sincere deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts to Barbara's family. Barbara was a stellar member and she will be missed by all.
Elizabeth Hinson Nov 18 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Barbara-Lee Steiner
M.Scott Hubbard Nov 17 2020 12:00 AM
Cyndi, Chris, and Karl, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a lovely, wonderful lady. I have fond memories of our times together as kids. You are in my prayers.
Donna (McWilliams) Orr Nov 17 2020 12:00 AM
Mrs. Barbara you will be missed by everyone you met. I remember you teaching Home Economics at ND Middle in the 80's. Then as an adult, I remember your service at St. Mary's Refuge of Sinners, especially at the dinners.
Lori O'Connor Nov 17 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Barbara-Lee Steiner
Billy Marshall Nov 17 2020 12:00 AM
Your Mom was a school teacher of mine at North Dorchester Middle School. I had her for Home Economics. She was a nice lady. Sending each of you my sincerest condolences. Wow it seems like it was yesterday. My how time flies..
Kimberly White Nov 17 2020 12:00 AM
Oh Miss Barbara...you will be so very missed. Your dedication to Church and Community was phenomenal. May you rest in peace. Sending love and prayers to all the family...
Colleen Curran-Bromwell Nov 16 2020 12:00 AM