|Birth: ||Oct. 31, 1949|
|Death: ||May 13, 2012|
Steven A. "Sugar Bear" Kienzle, 62, of Hummelstown, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Hershey on October 31, 1949, he was the son of the late Walter B. Kienzle and the late Evelyn M. Eshleman Umbrell wife of the late Robert G. Umbrell.
Steve was employed by the former Handy Markets and Mold Base Industries earlier in life. He was a 1967 graduate of the former Hershey Industrial School. He was also a member of the United Church of Christ, Hummelstown. Steve dedicated over 45 years of service to the Hummelstown Chemical Fire Company No. 1, beginning as a firefighter and then becoming its President in 1986. Since becoming President, Steve has devoted his life to serving the fire company and his community. He has received numerous awards through the years from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for his involvement. He received the Hummelstown Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award twice, in 2005 and 2011. When not at the fire house, Steve could be found taking his daily drive through town, eating at Cocoa Grill, fishing, watching the birds and squirrels in his yard, playing pranks on people, storm watching, watching shows on AMC, or babysitting his grand puppy, Halligan. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, community, and fire fighting family.
Steve is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of 32 years, Terri L. Brown Kienzle, whom he married on March 17, 1984; a son, Steven W. Kienzle husband of Jacqueline S. of Hummelstown; two daughters, Amanda S. Finsterbush wife of David M. of Palmyra, and Ashley N. Kienzle of Hummelstown; two sisters, Elizabeth M. Pursel wife of Warn C. of Bloomsburg, and Carolyn M. Boyer wife of Steven E. of Duncannon; six grandchildren, Brittany Barry wife of Matthew of Middletown, Loren Kienzle, Jorden Kienzle, and Josh Kienzle all of Hummelstown, Brenna Finsterbush and Caleb Finsterbush both of Palmyra.
In addition to his parents and step father, Steve was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra L. Castaneira.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 18, 2012, at 11 AM in the Hummelstown Fire Hall, 249-251 East Main Street, Hummelstown, with The Rev. James Stough, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Viewings will be held Thursday, May 17, 2012, from 6 to 8 PM and on Friday from 10 to 11 AM, both in the fire hall.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Hummelstown Chemical Fire Company No. 1, PO Box 312, Hummelstown, PA 17036.
Online condolences may be shared at www.trefzandbowser.com.
Published; Patriot News , June 23, 2012.
By Mary Klaus,
Keinzle died May 13 was the backbone of our fire company," said Richard Fanning Jr., who became fire company president when Kienzle died.
He loved the people of his town so much that it made them seem more like family than friends. Nothing pleased him more than playing a practical joke on a friend.
"I'm not lying," Kienzle said as his favorite quote on his fire company's website. "I'm just stretching the truth."
Fanning, who knew Kienzle for 25 years, said "he was always there to help out people. It seemed like everyone in town knew him."
Kienzle graduated from the former Hershey Industrial School and had worked for the former Handy Markets and Mold Base Industries. But his real occupation was his work with his beloved volunteer fire company, where he spent 45 years serving his town.
The Hummelstown Lions Club recognized his community dedication, declaring him Citizen of the Year in 2005 and 2011.
Fanning said Kienzle deserved that honor.
"Steve was around in the day so [he] coordinated all the fire company fundraisers," Fanning said. "When we had an event, Steve was the first one at the firehouse and the last one to leave it."
When the fire company held chicken barbecues, Kienzle made the sauce for the chicken and baked the potatoes.
When the fire company held bingo, he collected money at the front door and handed out bingo cards.
When the fire company held its carnival, he took care of the money, then typed up receipts on a typewriter.
He loved being part of the firehouse family as much as he loved his wife, son and daughters. "His death is a big loss for us," Fanning said. "We miss him already."
Hummelstown Fire Chief Charles Cogan called Kienzle a hard worker who usually had the answers. He said Kienzle was a father figure to many firefighters, a man who understood everyone's opinion and knew how to keep peace.
"Steve would do anything for this firehouse," Cogan said. "The firehouse was his top priority, just slightly behind his wife and family. I really miss his tall tales and jokes. When his wife called, he would say ‘Tell her I already left' even though he hadn't. A lot of us do that when the wives call. His death is a big loss."
Terri L. Brown Kienzle described her husband of 32 years as "a loving husband and my best friend. I met him when we both worked at Handy Market. I knew right away he was the one for me."
She said that on the day before he died, he told her he wanted to mow the grass.
"I walked him outside with his two canes," she said. "He got on the riding mower and mowed. That night, we went to the Dairy Queen for ice cream, took some to our daughter at work, then came home and watched TV. He died overnight in his sleep."
Debbie Shearer of Hummelstown, whose late husband was in the fire company with Kienzle, called him "a good man who gave so much to our community. He never asked for anything in return. Steve touched many lives."
Former Borough Councilwoman Brenda Pera agreed, adding "Hummelstown lost one of the good guys."
Published in Patriot-News on May 15, 2012
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Steve dedicated over 45 years of service to the Hummelstown Chemical Fire Company No. 1, beginning as a firefighter and then becoming its President in 1986. Since becoming President, Steve has devoted his life to serving the fire company and his community...(Read more)|
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Firemen;When fire is cried and danger is neigh, "God and the fireman" is the people's cry; But when ‘tis our and all things righted, God is forgotten and the fireman slighted. Author unknown, from The Fireman's Journal, 18 Oct. 1879.|
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He was also a member of the United Church of Christ, Hummelstown.|
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