Karen R. Steiner Obituary

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Karen R. Steiner, 87, of Orrville, handed away peacefully on February 17, 2023 at Lifecare Hospice in Wooster after a brief illness. She was born December 19, 1935, in Smithville, to Wilbur and Adeline (Neuenschwander) Berkey and graduated from Smithville Extreme College in 1953. She married Doyle Steiner on September 11, 1954 in Smithville. They’ve been married for over 65 years until his lack of life in 2020.

Karen, a humble servant of her Savior Jesus Christ, adopted God’s primary in starting Ohio’s first Bible Analysis Fellowship (BSF) class. Originating in Wadsworth in 1970, BSF unfold over time to completely different areas throughout the surrounding areas, along with Wayne, Summit, and Stark Counties and previous. She humbly served as a result of the BSF Instructing Chief in Wadsworth for 22 years and returned as a loyal BSF class member for the earlier ten years. She moreover served as Coordinator of Women’s Ministries for The Chapel in Akron for seven years throughout the 1990’s. In her later years, she was employed at her husband’s CPA company Steiner and Associates.


Karen valued the varied friendships she had via BSF, The Chapel, and most not too way back at OrrVilla. She beloved spending time with family and attending the actions of her grandchildren and good grandchildren. She was a loyal church attender all her life and took half in The Chapel’s Choir for a couple of years. In her youthful years, she repeatedly taught kids’s Sunday College. Karen’s faith and perception in God and love of family have been important to her and go away a legacy that is likely to be remembered by those who knew her.

She is survived by her three kids, Eddie (Jane) of Millersburg, Gary (Jane) of Orrville and Vonda (Jeff) Kreis of Dalton; six grandchildren, Angie (Rick) Stjernholm, Kevin (Laura) Steiner, Brian Steiner, Christina (Darren) Gerber, Melissa (Matt) Allen and Holly Kreis; eight great-grandchildren, Nathan, Saralyn and Abigail Stjernholm, Adeline Steiner, and Elliana, Aubrielle and Liviana Gerber; brother Ted (Joan Kennedy) Berkey, sister Beth (Jesse) Hamman, and sister-in-law, Emma Hicks.

The family extends its heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the staffs of Aultman Hospital, Shady Backyard Nursing Home, and Lifecare Hospice for the wonderful compassion and care provided to Karen throughout the closing weeks of her life on earth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bible Analysis Fellowship,, Billy Graham Evangelistic Affiliation,, or Central Christian Schools,

All who need to gather and have enjoyable Karen’s life are invited to a meal and a time of fellowship, remembrance, and sharing at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at Oak Grove Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, 7843 Smucker Freeway, Smithville, Ohio. Private family graveside suppliers is likely to be held. There is likely to be no calling hours.


Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is coping with the preparations. On-line registry and expressions of condolence may be made at