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Thomas F. Steiner, 73, died peacefully in his home in Inverness, IL, on December 6, 2018, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Tom was born in Dayton, OH, to Edward and Julia (Hollenkamp) Steiner. He graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Journalism in 1967 and married his wife Linda (Schlicher) shortly thereafter. He received a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. During the Vietnam War, he served as a naval officer on an admiral’s staff. After working at J. Walter Thompson, Kraft and Sara Lee, Tom spent 35 years as a marketing executive in the optical industry with Wesley Jessen and CIBA Vision, and later started a business as a marketing consultant.
Tom was a voracious reader of history, including multiple biographies of every president of the United States. His love of art was displayed as an avid landscaper and skilled woodworker, making detailed furniture and carvings in his workshop for 40 years.
Tom is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda; his son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Monica; three grandchildren, Grace, Isaiah and Lauren; his brothers, Steve (Patty), Peter (Lisa), John (Kathy); and sister, Mary (Vic) Lauterbach. He is preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Ed (Mary).
Visitation is Friday, December 14 from 6-8 pm at Davenport Funeral Home, 941 S. Old Rand Rd., Lake Zurich. The funeral is at 1:00 pm, December 15 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 120 Ela St., Barrington, with an hour of visitation at the church before Mass. Burial will follow at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research or JourneyCare Hospice Foundation.
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