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.
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St. Mary, Refuge of Sinners
2000 Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge MD 21613
Church Creek Volunteer Fire Company
P.O. Box 16, Church Creek MD 21622