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Elfriede StegemannDecember 20, 2009
Elfriede 'Evie' Helga Pinapfel Stegemann of Delmar, died Sunday evening December 20th at 11:23 p.m. with her son and friend Ellen Myers at her side in the home she made with her son Norbert since September 28th 2006.
Born in Vienna, Austria on Sept. 22, 1922 a daughter of the late Hauptmann Johann and Helene Stoll-Horak (Seltenhammer) Pinapfel. Wife of the late Joseph John Stegemann whom she married in Vienna, Austria on October 4th 1947. They came to the United States in 1949 on an American military frigate with their two year old son and pregnant with another child. Evie became an U.S. Citizen at an Immigration ceremony at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn in November 11th 1954.
Her first home was in Floral Park, N.Y., she raised her sons there until December of 1960 when she and Joe moved to their second home in East Northport, N.Y. In 1974 Evie and Joe moved to Port St. Lucie, Fl. where Joe died at home in 1984. Evie kept their home until the fall of 2002 when she moved to Delray Beach, FL. After Joe's death she moved to Stephentown, NY to work for Norbert in operating his four funeral homes. She is fondly remembered as 'the body snatcher'.
In her retirement she continued with her gardens and learned the art of oil painting with Joe. She also sang in the Sweet Adeline's International and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the M.I. Hummell Club. Her love of animals led her to become involved in the rescue of retired greyhound racers in South Florida. She adopted two greyhounds, Cedar and G.G. that she loved and cared for until their deaths 2001.
Evie was the cherished friend of Frau Elfriede Bartels of Schwerin, Germany, a city that was behind the 'Iron Curtain' from 1945 until 1989. They met in Rostock, Germany in 1938 after Evie was sent to work in that city after Hitler's Army marched into Austria on March 12th 1938. They remain friends to this day.
Evie is the Mother of Ralph Ernest (Barbara Majuk) of Plano, Texas; Norbert Lee of Delmar, NY; Peter Francis (Elizabeth Anne Casey) of Huntington; Keith Lorenz (Lorraine Ploska) of Blue Point and the late Dennis James Stegemann who died Sept. 8, 1956 at age 2 yrs. 5 mos., suddenly in an accident during a family picnic in Westchester County. Sister of Gertrude (Peter) Willenberg, Voorhees, N.J.; Johanna (Walter) Nance of Berlin, N.J.; the late Grete (Franz) Mayerhofer; Dr. Ludwig Seltenhammer; Kathe Seltenhammer and Hella Glasner. Grandmother of Danielle Inman, Nicole Wansley, Erik J. and Alexander K. Stegemann, Danielle Millington and Joanna Telshow. Great Grandmother of Brett Inman, Jr., Alexander Millington, Ryan and Devin Telshow and many nieces and nephews here and Austria.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 28 at 10AM ar the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 35 Adams Place, Delmar. Calling hours will be at her home at 92 Devon Road in Delmar (corner of Greenock Road and Devon Road) on Saturday and Sunday the 26th and 27thafter 1pm.
Funeral on Wednesday, Dec. 30th at 10 a.m. from the A. L. Jacobsen Funeral Home, Inc., 1380 New York Avenue, Huntington thence to St. Anthony of Padua Church, East Northport The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:45 a.m. by with the Rev. Lee Smith of Old Chatham, NY officiating. Calling at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m.
Burial with her husband and her son in the Long Island National Cemetery, Pinelawn, N.Y..
Special thanks to our family's friend of more than 40 years, Mr. Carl Albert Beybom of Melville, NY and Dan Doran and Russ Christenson of the Florence Casket Co. and Louis Tobia, Jr. of the New England Casket Co.
A truly amazing journey of a wife, mother, sister, friend and neighbor and woman that was not perfect, far from it, as she liked to be 'the boss' and sometimes, like all of us, said things she didn't think through before she said them.
Please omit flowers due to cemetery restrictions. Donations would be appreciated to Greyhounds As Companions, Inc. (www.greyhoundsascompanions.com ) c/o Mrs. Patricia Colitsas, 1770 Delaware Tpke., Delmar, NY 12054-5209 or the Greyhound Pets of America-Florida/SE Chapter, 7047 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411-3303.