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William “Bill” Fife Steffen

  • On November 28, 2020
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William “Bill” Fife Steffen passed away suddenly on November 27, 2020 at Brookdale in Mt. Lebanon where he had lived for 4 years.

Bill was born on December 31, 1933 in Lisbon, Ohio.   The son of the late Mary and John Steffen and adored big brother to Suzi (Collins), Linda (Hrabak) and Mary Carol (Gipe).

The beloved father to Gretchen and Betsy (Mark Brubaker).  And “Pap” to Erin, Megan and Will Brubaker.

He was also loved by many nieces and nephews and their children.

He was a graduate of Muskingum University.  After graduating, he was drafted and proudly served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Colorado.   Following his service, he initially embarked on a career in pharmaceutical sales and later in the non-profit world, but he found his true calling when he started his own painting and remodeling business, which served as his livelihood for decades and were clients often became close friends.

Bill’s other passion was community service.  He served for many years as a councilman for the borough of Pleasant Hills, a community he dearly loved.  He was eventually elected mayor and served humbly, with a wonderful sense of pride and humor.   In his retirement he served as president of the Pleasant Hills Arboretum Board and was a member of the Lions Club and the Masons.

He was a man of few words, but lived his life through his actions.   He was always “the dad” willing to drive his daughters and their friends anywhere and later in life became the #1 babysitter to his treasured grandchildren.   He adored all of his crazy “grand dogs” who would sit next to him or on top of him every time he visited. He especially adored his smallest grand dog, “Stella,” the one eyed, rescued shih tzu.

He had a quiet, but calming presence that will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

A celebration of his life will be delayed due to COVID 19 restrictions.  The family is planning a picnic complete with Coors Light and beer pretzels (Bill’s favorite delicacies) when life allows and invite anyone who knew and loved him to attend.

The family would like to thank the staff of Brookdale in Mt. Lebanon who cared for him and created a second home for him after he left his longtime home on Caryl Drive in Pleasant Hills.

Please no flowers.  If desired, donations can be made to the Pleasant Hills Arboretum http://pleasanthillsarboretum.org/ or the Pleasant Hills Public Library http://pleasanthillslibrary.org/.

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5 Comments

Laura Beck
  • Nov 28 2020
I was blessed to know Bill from the time I moved to Caryl Drive at the age of 6. He was such a kind, sweet and funny man! I loved him so much and always had such respect for him. His actions spoke loudly! He was a dedicated community server! Always helping others, and a simple man. Loved by everyone who knew him! ♥️
Gretchen Rose Fuller
  • Nov 28 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Bill’s passing is truly a loss for the entire community. I don’t remember when I met Bill it was so very long ago. He painted for my mom when she had her home on Audrey Drive. He painted my dining room a few years ago when he probably should have been retired! I worked with him on the Republican Committee when he was Mayor and I was looking to run for office. He was always a good friend and mentor. He was a good president of the Pleasant Hills Arboretum guiding it for many years.
Mike Parkes
  • Nov 29 2020
Gretchen and Betsy. Condolences
Mike Parkes
  • Nov 29 2020
Gretchen and Betsy. Condolences in the loss of your father. He and my dad were first cousins so I've known Bi
Peg Wilson
  • Nov 29 2020
Dear Gretchen Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your beloved Father. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you made together.
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