Dr. Joseph Walter Stiefel

March 24, 1935October 2, 2021

Joseph Walter Stiefel, 86, passed away on October 2, 2021 at home. He is survived by the family he loved, including his wife of 60 years, Nancy B. Stiefel; three children, Eric B. Stiefel (Robbie) of Lexington, NC, Richard M. Stiefel of Old Saybrook, CT and Lucy D. Stiefel of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren Sydney T. Stiefel (Joel Deuterman) of Kernersville, NC and David C. Stiefel of Los Angeles, CA. He was predeceased by his grandson, Nathan Joseph Stiefel, and his brother, Carl Marzel Stiefel.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Joseph received his BA from the University of Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served in Korea. He completed his neurology residency at Duke University Medical Center in 1965 (where he met his wife). He and Nancy moved to Greensboro in 1966, where Joseph was the only neurologist in private practice. The neurology practice he established became Guilford Neurologic Associates in 1972. During his 34 years of practice, he loved caring for his patients and serving the medical community. Joseph was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church, participating in many ministries of the church, including serving on the Vestry and as Junior Warden. Joseph enjoyed spending time in the mountains and visiting his brother and his family at their childhood home on the Tennessee River near Knoxville. Joseph’s many hobbies included woodworking, music, winemaking, and innovative creations. After his retirement, he enjoyed tending to his yard, reading, working with a group at St. Francis he referred to as the “roustabouts” and volunteering with a weekday construction crew at Habitat for Humanity.

The family would like to thank the AuthoraCare (Hospice) team that provided compassionate care and support for Joseph and his family. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at a later date with interment in the St. Francis Episcopal Church memorial garden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity Greensboro, 1031 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405 or to a charity of your choice.

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Lorraine Jones

October 11, 2021

I was blessed and honored to be hired as we called him Doc Stiefel in 1990 to become part of the neurodiagnostic team at Guilford Neurologic and Associates. The stories and memories of this compassionate man and doctor are endless. He was a leader of all departments and always kept an open door for any of our conflicts but no nonsense!!! As you know Dr Stiefel you understand. Over 25 years with the practice certainly in the beginning it felt like coming to family as well as work. My heartfelt sympathy to you Nancy and family. Lorraine Jones

Jean Mabe

October 10, 2021

As a young nurse working at Moses Cone Hospital, Dr. Stiefel was the first physician I ever had to call in the middle of the night for a patient concern. He could not have been nicer and immediately came in to see the patient. I will always remember his kindness and caring disposition. He treated all the staff as an equal member of the team.

Prayers for all the family as you celebrate a life well lived.

Katherine Catlett

October 10, 2021

Joe Stiefel was a superb physician-healer, and a down to earth, caring, kind man. I feel a bit diminished to know he is no longer with us.

Derek Simmerman

October 10, 2021

Dr. Stiefel was my neurologist from 1986-til he retired. This man always made me feel comfortable and always gave it to me straight. I’ve had 2 other Neurologic doctors, but none that had the compassion Dr. Stiefel gave to me. I was 12 years old when I met him and I’ll never forget him. Rest easy Dr. Stiefel. I’m thankful to have known you.


October 6, 2021

Dr. Stiefel was a great physician that cared for his patients. I had the honor of working for him and grew to respect him. He was a good teacher.
To the family please except my condolences for your loss and I will
remember you all in prayer.

Jeff Gardiner

October 6, 2021

Joseph was a beautiful man and dear friend. Loved his intellect, thought process and his humor. He will be dearly missed at Roustabouts. Loved him. Rest In Peace my friend. Jeff