Marie Florance Steighner, age 86, passed away with her family by her side at the Hospice Southeast Volusia Care Center in Edgewater on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Marie was married to the late Edward G. Steighner, Sr. and is the mother of Donna (Frank) Morris of New Smyrna Beach, Edward (Linda) Steighner, Jr. of Oak Hill, Mark Steighner of Edgewater, Judith “Judy” (Michael) Beard of Edgewater, Margaret “Peggy” (Danny) Denkins of Maryland, Germaine “Geri” (Warren) Wilson of Port Orange, and Mary “Jo” (Michael) Tripodi of New Smyrna Beach. Other survivors include twenty-two grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Sisters include Marguerite (Kenneth) Ochs, Anna Pifer, Ruth Gazzam, LaVerne Sorochman (deceased), Mildred Tagg, Virginia (Carl) Cantella (deceased), and Grace (Mel) Young. Her brothers are William Donalies (deceased), Howard (Janet) Donalies, and Daniel (Helene) Donalies.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Marie moved to Florida in 1956 and has lived in the New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater area ever since. She was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, prayed the Holy Rosary daily, and introduced the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to our area in 1986. She owned and operated Answer All Telephone Answering Service in New Smyrna Beach for many years before handing it down to her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Frank Morris. Marie found joy by being with her family and friends. She loved the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and watched the Orlando Magic basketball games faithfully. She collected Snoopy dogs and enjoyed her large family gatherings.
Holy Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Smyrna Beach on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Interment will follow at the Edgewater Cemetery. On Monday April 25, 2011, the family will receive friends at 6:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to EWTN, Caritas of Birmingham, or Sacred Heart Church.
EWTN - Eternal Word Television Network
5817 Old Leeds Road
Irondale, AL 35210
Caritas of Birmingham
100 Our Lady Queen of Peace Drive
Sterrett, AL 35147
Sacred Heart Church
998 Father Donlon Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 26 at Sacred Heart Catholic CHurch New Smyrna Beach.
On Monday April 25, 2011, the family will receive friends at 6:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m at Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place, 1 N. Causeway, New Smyrna Beach.