OBITUARY

Christa Adele Carla Steinbrenner

January 6, 1935December 9, 2019
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Christa Adele Carla Steinbrenner passed away on December 9, 2019 after a long struggle with dementia. She was born January 6, 1935 in Hamburg, Germany.

At a young age she lost her father and home to World War II, but survived with her mother during the bombing fire storm and complete destruction of her hometown Hamburg, Germany in July 1943. Christa eventually immigrated to the US with her then husband and 2 year old son, Frank, on December 11, 1961.

Always the survivor, she quickly learned the English language. She worked for Dr. Ed Masters of Louisville and began to thrive in her new home. All at the same time as raising another son, Eric, and the twins, Kim and Amber.

The family moved around a bit, but eventually made it back to Louisville which she truly loved. She enjoyed tennis and spent many wonderful years golfing in the ladies groups at Long Run and Seneca Country Clubs. She was very artistic and spent hours painting folk art designs on gifts she gave to family and friends. Christa tutored at the Dr. Charles Shedo program for dyslexic children. She was the lead translator for the first German heart transplant patient of Dr. William Devries and eventually achieved a life long dream of teaching; first by teaching German as a second language at her home and then by working for the Jefferson County school system as an ESL teacher. Her students love "Ms. Christa". She also created a German conversational group that met once a week just to chat. She relished becoming an "Omi" and could not get enough of spending time with all of her grandchildren and sharing with them and anyone who knew her, her German heritage and traditions. She enjoyed traveling, her friends, of which there were many, dancing and supporting the Louisville German-American Club with her partner Bob. For the many caring individuals at Regis Woods we thank you all and are truly grateful for your care of our mother!

She is survived by her sons, Frank Steinbrenner, Eric Steinbrenner (Sue); daughters, Kim Gibbons (Mike) and Amber Williamson (Mark); grandchildren, Elise (Evan) Strong Connor and Carson Williamson, Meghan (Dylan) Brown-Gibbons; and great-granddaughter, Maddie Sue Strong.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Heady-Cralle Funeral Home, 2428 Frankfort Ave. at noon. Visitation will take place from 10 AM until time of service at noon.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

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