|Birth: ||Jul. 23, 1905|
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 1973|
Thank You for coming by and visiting my dearest Grandpa Ralph. Your visit is so appreciated by our family. God Bless.
༺⊰❁ Ralph Steinberger was the youngest and third son of Harry Edgar and Dollie (Derr) Steinberger, born on July 23, 1905 in Springfield, Ohio. Grandpa Ralph was a hard working, honest man and determined to get ahead in life.
Alice Roosevelt Powell was the childhood sweetheart and true love of Ralph. They married on November 29, 1924 in Springfield, Ohio, by Rev. C. D. Munsey, clergyman of Central Methodist E. Church, at the Reverend's home. Witnesses: Cecile Young (Alice's friend), Glenn Derr (Ralph's cousin), and Warren R. Shuirr (Ralph's Aunt Clara's husband).
Ralph and Alice settled in Springfield, Ohio. Ralph worked for Crowell & Collier Publishing running a printing press.
Known children of Ralph and Alice (Powell) Steinberger:
1) John "Jack" William Steinberger, born October 3, 1925 in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio;
2) Joanne Steinberger, born July 29, 1926 in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio; death: January 7, 1990 Houston, Harris County, Texas; and
3) Meriel Anna Steinberger, born August 1, 1930 in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio.
In 1934 Ralph and Alice purchased a farm in South Vianna, Ohio once owned by George and Fanny Turvey as well as the small farm of Grant McClintock, whom they took care of in his old age and saw that he was buried after he passed on. Soon moved the family to the farm where they would no longer go hungry. Ralph remodeled their home by adding windows to allow in more light. He maintained the farm and continued working at his place of employment. It was here their family grew and flourished.
In 1947-48 Ralph and Alice sold their farm and purchased property along Milakokia Lake in Gould City, Michigan. There the family began building the Berger Resort. Ralph was an excellent carpenter and also hired carpenter Wilfred LeLonde. They built the first 5 cabins, which were 2 bedroom units, all the same size, in 1948 along with the garage. The Double Overnight was built in 1950 and converted to a 3 bedroom cabin in 1967/68. Their house was built 1950-1951. Double Deluxe built in 1958 and this is now gone. There was a fish house where the fish that were caught could be cleaned. It is now gone and a private home is now there in it's place. The resort was built in the area of the lake called Beaver Bay. Later a family of beavers built their home in that area of the lake and they captured the hearts of everyone, which lent to the resort's new name, the "Beaver Bay Resort." Grandpa Ralph was always busy maintaining the buildings, the grounds, and boats. Grandpa kept a steel drum filled with dirt and earth worms. He'd tip it over and we'd scamper to scoop up the worms for the day's fishing. When we'd gotten enough out for him he'd always smile his beautiful bright smile and tell us what a good job we did for him. He always made sure there were fishing rods for those who came to the resort without them. When we went fishing we would always use his cane fishing rods without the reels. I always loved watching the red and white bobbers popping and bouncing along on the waves as they slapped against the boat or dock while we fished.
There was a chipmunk he called Mama. He would fill his pocket with peanuts and soon she'd scamper up and into his shirt pocket. She'd eat to her fill popping up to peak over the edge of his pocket from time to time. When Mama had her fill she'd fill her pouches and dash off to feed her babies.
My Grandpa loved nature and worked with the fish and wildlife group to clean and restore Lake Milakokia to its natural beauty. There were times he and other men would have to remove bears or panthers that came in too close to the resorts along the lake. Once they chased a bear around to the Point on the other side of the lake. They lost its trail at the Point. While looking for the trail the bear was swimming across the lake back to the resort and proceeded to raid the garbage cans at his leisure! It was one for the bear that night and everyone had a good laugh over the clever bear! (Who says bears don't swim?)
Every summer the resort was filled with happy vacationers. In the cold months there were the ice fishermen and hunters. It seemed a piece of heaven fell to earth in that little spot on Milakokia Lake. People came from far and wide to experience its magic. In the early 1970's Ralph and Alice began to think about retiring and built a ranch home next to the resort. Before they could move in Grandpa Ralph was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His beloved Alice nursed and loved him to the end. He passed away at home on August 29, 1973. People everywhere mourned and missed him greatly.
The summer of 1975 was the last time the family gathered on Lake Milakokia, during the week of his birthday. Grandpa's garden was filled with the most beautiful goldenrod wildflowers, his favorite. When the sunlight shone on the yellow flowers they had the most beautiful ethereal glow as they swayed in the breeze. It was my Grandpa Ralph's one last golden goodbye. He is still loved and greatly missed by many.
Grandpa, may you rest in God's peace and love. Until we meet you on Golden shores we will always remember you.
The cabins which once were Beaver Bay Resort are now individually owned.
Ralph Irvin Steinberger is seventh removed from Frederick Stonebarger (or Stoneberger), who came to America in 1750 and served in the American Revolutionary war (Revotutionary War Rolls Volume 1, page 603) under the command of Michael Raeder who was the captain and major of the militia of Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Frederick Stonebarger came from Tyrol, Austria. His father was a Duke and he married against the wishes of his father and he had to leave his homeland. His wife's name was Mary. This is our Steinberger family's beginning in America.
1) Constance Steinberger Bair, member of Daughters of the American Revolution,
2) Alice Powell Steinberger,
3) Meriel Steinberger Sterling,
4) John "Jack William Steinberger,
5) Ralph E. Steinberger,
6) Mary L. Sterling
A special THANK YOU to Hans. ♥Jღ. He sponsored my Grandpa Ralph's memorial, added the photo of my Grandpa Ralph with his favorite dog Duffy, and assisted in preserving some family photos which are fading with time. We appreciate everything he has done for the family.╰⊰✿
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Harry E. Steinberger (1877 - 1928)
Dollie May Derr Steinberger (1881 - 1929)
Alice R Powell Steinberger (1903 - 1992)
Joanne Steinberger (1926 - 1990)*
Meriel Anna Steinberger Sterling (1930 - 2014)*
Clarence Edgar Steinberger (1898 - 1968)*
Chester Arthur Steinberger (1901 - 1971)*
Ralph Irvin Steinberger (1905 - 1973)
Gould City Township Cemetery
Maintained by: Birdஐ
Originally Created by: Twist
Record added: Sep 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76594458