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Jeanette A. Steinberg
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Birth: May 14, 1910
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1987
Long Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA

******* Biography by Bettie Steinberg Garrison *** 1988 ************


Without a doubt, Jeanette was the brain of the family. She grew up at a time when smart kids were allowed to skip grades. As a consequence, she graduated from high school when she was barely sixteen. The high schools, at that time, offered post-graduate courses. They were probably the fore-runners of today's vocational classes. The post-graduate courses were for business classes, agriculture education, teachers training, etc. Jeanette took an additional year of high school and took a teachers training course. She also went one summer to State Teachers College in Springfield. This amount of education qualified her to teach in the country schools in Missouri. She taught the winter of her seventeenth year at the Flag Pond school near Lebanon.

I was not yet six years old when Jeanette left home for teachers' college and her stint at country school teaching. Most of my recollections of Jeanette prior to 1939 were as a visiting relative. I knew she was my sister and that she was supposed to live at our house, but she was home only for Christmas and vacations. What I tell you is hearsay, i.e., what I would hear my mother say, such as: Jeanette never had to be reminded to practice her music lesson (she could even practice while she rocked Joe to sleep), Jeanette always got the best grades of anyone in her class, Jeanette was never late to school and always washed the dishes before she left home, and Jeanette was always neat and tidy and never argued with her mother. Now the part that I recall that is not hearsay and I know to be a fact is that we killed the fatted calf when Jeanette came home. One would have thought royalty was coming the way we prepared for the visit. On confronting Jeanette with the fact that she was the cause of frustrations and inferiority complex, she assured me that she developed all of those fine attributes in Mother's mind after she left home. As Jeanette recalled her own growing up, she was never quite so perfect in Mother's eyes.

Alberta recalls that Jeanette was active in our church and particularly Epworth League, the youth organization. Also, that Jeanette was very popular but that the boys were more interested in her than she in them. She was probably not emotionally mature enough to be in high school. Jeanette always contended it was a mistake to allow children to skip grades.

I think the country school teaching experience was difficult for Jeanette. Not necessarily difficult in that she was not able to teach her students, but difficult because she was too near the age of the students. After one year of teaching, she went to Tulsa and lived with Aunt Myrtle and Uncle Leo and attended Tulsa Business University. Aunt Myrtle and Uncle Leo helped her financially when she went to the business university. It is my understanding that they told her they would help her and maybe she could help the rest of her family. I think she tried to do that.

She was in Tulsa for eleven years. For this reason, she had a closer relationship with the Tulsa relatives than the rest of us had. All of the time she was in Tulsa she lived with Aunt Myrtle and Uncle Leo. I don't know if she had any other jobs or not, but she was for several years secretary to the pastors at the First (or Boston Avenue) Methodist Church.

The Tulsa period in Jeanette's life must have been of high social activity. It seems she was always sending home scraps of material and pictures of another formal she was making for some occasion. She was an excellent seamstress with a flair for tailored details and an inborn sense of what went well together. I have no idea of how many or what kinds of boy friends she had while in Tulsa, but at one time I thought she was seriously thinking of getting married. That might have been a case of putting two and two together and getting five. I don't recall her dating at any time after I moved to Long Beach.

Rarely does the Methodist Church transfer pastors from one conference to another, but in 1938 a pastor from Long Beach was transferred to Dallas, one from Dallas to Tulsa, and Dr. McDonald from Tulsa to Long Beach. When he arrived in Long Beach, the secretary had retired or quit. He asked the official board if they would consider hiring his secretary from Tulsa if she was interested in coming. They would and she was. Thus, Jeanette moved to Long Beach and started our family migration to the west coast.

Jeanette worked at the First Methodist Church in Long Beach until Dr. McDonald retired, about 1947. He then went into an insurance business and she went with him. I'm sure she was over-qualified for the church job but she had a loyalty to Dr. McDonald (and Mrs. McDonald, also) and probably wouldn't have taken a better job if it had been offered to her. The insurance business didn't work out.

By this time we are in the late forties or early fifties. Major events have transpired in our family and in the world. Jeanette had invited me to live with her and attend Long Beach Junior College (1939). Alberta had come to visit us, gotten a job and stayed (1939). World War II started (1941). Alberta and Lee were married (1945). World War II ended (1945). Gary and I were married (1945). After returning from the service, Joe moved to California to live with her and attend college (1946-47?). Daddy had become ill and he and Mother had moved to California to live with her (1948). Joe had an emotional breakdown (1950?).

Fortunately, Jeanette had made the right contacts and was soon working for the D. W. Elliott Company, an oil drilling concern. This is probably the first job that really allowed her to use her accounting skills for which she was trained. At the time of her retirement, 1979, she was working for the Termo Company, another oil drilling company and still an accountant, which she should have been all the time.

Jeanette was always involved in extra activities. When she worked for the church, and even after, she held offices besides the one for which she was paid. She belonged to a bridge club and to Desk and Derrick, a group of women associated by the fact that all worked for oil concerns. I'm not sure of the purpose of Desk and Derrick, whether it was a philanthropic organization or purely social. During the war she drove for the American Red Cross transporting service men and their families around the Los Angeles area.

Jeanette had lots of close friends and many, many acquaintances. She was a planner and a doer. She didn't have any children, but she had lots of family responsibilities.
Family links: 
  David Adam Steinberg (1883 - 1953)
  Marie Elizabeth Meyer Steinberg (1886 - 1977)
  Jeanette A. Steinberg (1910 - 1987)
  Alberta Marie Steinberg Joiner (1913 - 1994)*
  David Adam Steinberg (1919 - 1996)*
  Elizabeth Alice Steinberg Garrison (1921 - 2015)*
  Joseph Meyer Steinberg (1925 - 1985)*
*Calculated relationship
Westminster Memorial Park
Orange County
California, USA
Plot: Space 4, Sec 478 Block 19E Meditation
Created by: Kingfisher
Record added: Dec 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81706366
Jeanette A. Steinberg
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Jeanette A. Steinberg
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Jeanette A. Steinberg
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