Donald Francis Steiner Sr.

December 10, 1940February 23, 2019

Donald Francis Steiner Sr. passed away peacefully in his daughter’s home in Minnesota, where he lived for the past ten months. Don was a generous man who loved family, friends, golf, food, travel, poker, and pampering himself! He enjoyed sharing stories and giving whatever he could to others, especially treats to his dog Sofie, who he loved so much. He was a gentle and kind father, grandfather, brother, son, husband, uncle and friend. His life was forever changed in 2014 when he unexpectedly lost the love of his life Diane. We are comforted today, in faith, knowing that they are forever reunited. Don was preceded in death by his wife, Diane, his parents, Kathryn and John Leroy Steiner, and his brother, Robert “Bob” Steiner, and his son, Matthew Steiner. He is survived by many wonderful family members and friends, including his sister Noreen and brother Jack, his three children, Don Jr., Mary, and John, and his grandchildren, Kristy, Amelia, Brittany, Rachel, Jake, Abbey, Lindsey, and Jordan, and great-grandchild, Cooper. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 1st, at Malec & Sons Funeral Home, 6000 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646, from 10:00am until time of chapel service at 11:00am. Entombment St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. For more information, please call 773-774-4100.


  • Visitation Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Chapel Service Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Entombment Friday, March 1, 2019

Donald Francis Steiner Sr.

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Vanessa Philipczyk

February 26, 2019

In the short time I got to know Don I got to know a gentleman who loved his family and his food. When I would be in town with his daughter Mary he always asked if we could pick him up a Taco Bell 😂. One night Mary and I were at TGI Fridays and Mary got a text to bring home a taco 😂 we both had to laugh. Telling Don they don’t serve Taco Bell here. Don was a persistent man, he knew what he wanted. Yes food, but also he just wanted to be loved and to love others. He was always checking in on his grandchildren and doing his best to keep everyone happy. I remember the first night when I slept over at Mary’s (where Don was living at the time), I haven’t even told Mary this, I was nervous. I was sitting up on the couch thinking maybe spending the night wasn’t a good idea. I wasn’t expecting anyone to walk into the living room so I let myself cry a little bit. Then here come Don, he turns on the light. He must have forgot I was there, surprised that there is a young gal sitting in the couch he quickly apologized. I did my best to make it not obvious I was in the middle of crying...but Don knew. He asked me if I was ok, and then opened the freezer. He said “when I get home sick and miss the ones I love I have a popsicle. Would you like one?” I wiped away my tears and smiled and said “yes please”. He then proceeded to say “Have a green one they work best😊”. That is something that will stay with me forever. Not just the memory of a popsicle, but the memory of Don and his kind/caring heart ♥️.
So when you miss him, take out a popsicle 😊 a green one, because the green ones work best 🥰

Mary Wheelock

February 26, 2019

Going to miss you dad and so is Sofie! The girls too. We loved you so much. I never had my "tomorrow/see you in the morning." You are finally at peace though and thankful that God's plan is SO much greater than ours! You walked into heaven and everything changed for you!! No more pain from the disease. Praise the living God! We miss you and love you.