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 Joseph Ernest Steffek

Joseph Ernest Steffek

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 2 Mar 1987 (aged 80)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 59004754 · View Source
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Obituary from the Shreveport Times newspaper, March 4, 1987, Wednesday, p. 18:

SHREVEPORT, LA – Services for Mr. Joseph Ernest Steffek, 80, of Shreveport, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday March 5 at Rose-Neath's Marshall Street Chapel. The Rev. Loel S. Jones, pastor of Mangum Memorial United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Park Cemetery.

Mr. Steffek died Monday March 2, 1987, at Willis-Knighton Medical Center after a short illness. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and had been a resident of Shreveport for 60 years.

Mr. Steffek was retired as vice-president of Bewley's Furniture Co., where he had worked for 35 years. He was a charter member of the Optimist Club of Shreveport and has visited 127 Optimist Clubs over the past 46 years while maintaining a perfect attendance record. His travels had taken him to more than 40 states and into Canada (quoted from the Optimist Magazine, October 1986). He was instrumental in getting the Optimist Club started in Shreveport, as well as in the state. Mr. Steffek was a past president of the Downtown Optimist Club and served as Lieutenant Governor of the International Optimist. He was a board member for the Sports For Boys. He was a life member and a past president of High Twelve No. 92, serving on the nominating committee and as a board member for over 30 years. Mr. Steffek was the last living charter member of the High Twelve. He served as president of the club in 1952-1953 and was the International Area Representative.

Mr. Steffek was an active member of the Mangum Memorial United Methodist Church and was president and very active in Everyman's Bible Class. He served for many years on the Board of Trustees, as well as, a chairman of the board. He was a member of the Administrative Board, and at present was serving on the Usher Committee. Mr. Steffek was instrumental in securing the grounds for the present church and the selling of the old church on Missouri Avenue.

He was a charter member and one of the founders of the Fair Park Masonic Lodge No. 436 and a past Master of the lodge. He served as Secretary of the First Masonic District Lodge for 30 years. He was a charter member and past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 18.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mable Brown Steffek of Shreveport; a daughter Dorothy Steffek Shepherd of Shreveport; a granddaughter, Linda Shepherd Ledet of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Durward Bayliss, L. M. DeLoach, W. F. Lester, Danny Lyons, C. E. Mounce and Ruben Smith.

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