Brigitte Steinkoenig

Obituary of Brigitte Steinkoenig

Brigitte Steinkoenig passed away peacefully June 1, 2021 at her home in Painesville Twp. She was born on December 10, 1929 in Dresden, Germany where she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. There, she also received her schooling, ending with the Baccalaureate Degree. As a very young adult she fled her home of Dresden, escaping the Russian occupied zone and the following regime of the East German police State into West Berlin; completing further university studies as well as reuniting with extended family in West Germany. Bilingual (German and English), she was also proficient in Russian and French. She came to the United States in 1957 with an International Group of Professional Youth and Social Workers, sponsored by the U.S. State Department through the Fulbright Scholarship Program to pursue advanced degrees in social work. Brigitte Keller married the late Roland Steinkoenig at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cleveland. A moment of pride was swearing to support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States when she became a citizen. She was a Social Service Supervisor at the Lake County Department of Human Services specializing in Elder Abuse. While she was an active volunteer in numerous organizations and served the community on various Boards of Directors, she especially enjoyed volunteering at the Lake Humane Society. After retirement, she trained her rescue collie as a certified therapy dog and delighted in taking him for care visits throughout the community. Having loved many dogs throughout her life, the love of her life was the cat she rescued from certain death during a cold Ohio winter. They were inseparable and devoted companions for many years. Brigitte supported many animal protection charities and encouraged others to do the same. As a lifelong student and lover of the natural world, Brigitte was an accomplished gardener, participated in annual raptor and other official bird counts, enjoyed hiking the trails near her Ohio home and the Pacific Northwest, cross-country skiing, foraging, and generally all things of being in Nature including spending time outdoors with her grandchildren. While most at home in NE Ohio, she visited almost every State; with an especially spirited focus on exploring the wilderness areas of New England, the Arctic circle, and the vast and diverse American West. An accomplished violinist, she also studied piano and sang in the Lake County Messiah Chorus. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Painesville since 1958. She is survived by her daughters, Kristine Steinkoenig, Ingrid Steinkoenig, and Claudia-Ann Carlough (the late Dr. Leslie Carlough) of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren Alexander Steinkoenig, Kestrel Carlough and Savannah Carlough, sister Ingrid Kuehn (Dr. Karl-Wilhelm Kuehn), niece Angela Rabitz, nephews Alexander Kuehn, and Michael Kuehn of Germany, and cousins Friedhild Stoehr and Georg Blumtritt of Germany. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July, 24th 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 508 Mentor Avenue, Painesville. The family suggests that any remembrance of Brigitte be memorial contributions to either Zion Lutheran Church in Painesville or the Lake Humane Society at 7564 Tyler Blvd. Unit E, Mentor, Ohio 44060. Arrangements are being handled by Johnson Funeral Home, 368 Mentor Avenue, Painesville.