Samuel J. Steff
Samuel J. Steff, age 76, of Albion, passed away peacefully at his home in Albion on August 4, 2021 after a long illness. He was born in Erie on May 14, 1945, the son of Sam and Stella Mikolajzyk Steff. He attended St. Anne Grade School, Cathedral Prep ’63, Gannon College and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Upon graduation from high school he started his career in the funeral profession, working at Rzepka, Dusckas, Quinn and Kloecker funeral homes. During the Viet Nam Era he served with the U.S. Naval Reserves attached to the Commander Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet. In 1978 he and his family purchased the James P. Summers Funeral Home in Albion and operated it until 2008, when he retired. In 1978 he was appointed to serve as a part time deputy coroner in the West Erie County area and continued to serve until his death. He was a past member and president of Albion Area Chamber of Commerce, LoveINC of West Erie County. He, along with other funeral directors, was very proud to work Flight 427 that crashed in Pittsburgh in 1993. He was a member and past President of Erie-Crawford County Funeral Directors Association. From 1993 to 1997 he served on the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors, Board of Governors. Since 1978 he enjoyed the Albion Area Fair, standing night watch with Cranesville VFD. He was a member of Albion Assembly of God, McLane Church, Edinboro, American Legion Post in Edinboro. In the late 90’s he attended first Assembly of God in Erie, where he was a makeup artist for their plays. He served as a member of the Albion Borough Council and also served as president. In retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively around the world, but one of his greatest enjoyments was visiting all 13 Presidential libraries throughout the United States. He did many great works, but he always said, “All these works will not get me into Heaven, only my belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior will.” Sam’s ministry was the funeral profession. He took pleasure in serving the community of Albion and surrounding areas to personalize the funeral experience for each family. It was his belief that this was the last act of love the family could express. He is survived by his wife, Charlene Henderickson Steff, whom he married on May 2, 2003; four daughters, Jennifer Steff (Jill); Julie Steff, Megan Hunter and Kate Steff (Alex) all of Seattle, WA; His bonus daughter, Kim Edgar, IN; two bonus sons, Sean (Lisa) Edgar, TX and Bill (Alina) Edgar, CA., a sister, Sr. Audrey Steff, O.S. B., Erie. He is further survived by nine grandchildren. Friends may call on Sunday, August 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion. A Celebration of Life service will take place at the Albion Assembly of God Church on Monday, August 9 at 11:00 a.m. with interment following at the Albion Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Albion VFD, Albion, PA 16401; LoveINC, P.O. Box 5, Girard, PA or the Erie City Mission, Erie, PA. To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit www.matterafuneralhome.com
To the Steff family: The officers and members of The Edinboro American Legion Post 439 offer our thoughts and prayers at this difficult tome. Sam will be missed.
To Sam’s family…may you find comfort and peace during this most difficult transition. Cherish your memories. Rest peacefully Sam. I am James P. Summers daughter-in-law.
Sam was such a good friend to my parents (Ed & Tiny Tarkowski) and helped me with arrangements several times. He will be missed! God bless his family.
Sincere Sympathy & Prayers to the family!
Sam was a gentleman in every sense of the word. Sam played a major role in the having my mothers body exhumed for a burial in Albion his compassion and tired less efforts with lawyers and court judges made this difficult task possible with me living in Texas . “GOD Bless “
May you rest in peace Sam. You were a good neighbor and friend and put your community first.
Sam you were a wonderful man and we were proud to serve with you on Albion Borough Council. You will be greatly missed by all.
Sam, you were the image of what funeral directors should be! You paved the way selflessly for so many! You will be missed