unknown - November 16, 2013
Fred Steul, 95, of North Syracuse, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Birchwood Healthcare Center.
He was another story in a past American generation. Born in 1917 in New York City, his father died when he was 12, he grew up with his mother and grandmother in Rochester, graduating from high school and earning a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Rochester, Class of 1941.
He worked for Du Pont in an essential war industry job, married Mavis Kydd in 1946, and started a family. Offered a job in an electric sales company started by a college friend post WWII, the family moved to the Syracuse area, and built an all-electric house in North Syracuse in 1957, providing his family with a high-quality, middle-class life in the suburbs. "Everybody should have these kind of roots."
He attended and ushered at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for many years. Family vacations to Indian Lake were a favorite routine.
His over-riding hobby was a love for and participation in Barbershop singing. "Treasure your hobbies." He continued with this hobby till he was in his 80s. Then the dark cloud of Alzheimer's changed life. He lived successfully at home, then took a fall, going from hospital to nursing home in 2005. There were still some home picnics and companionship and activities.
His devoted wife, aging a little better than Fred, has been a daily visitor and caregiver to him till now. We always revere the days of our youth, get on with life's accomplishments, job and family life in our middle age, then see what old age has left for us. Alzheimer's and nursing homes are not the life anyone wants, but 80+ good years out of 95 is probably not a bad batting average. Remembering Fred from youth to old age, we celebrate his life at death.
Surviving are his wife, Mavis; son, Rick; daughter, Julie; and grandson, Paul.
He will be remembered by friends and family.
Memorial messages may be left at FergersonFuneralHome.com.