Thomas Edward Steinman
August 28, 1943 – January 21, 2021 (age 77)
Thomas Edward Steinman, 77 passed away from COVID-19 at Boca Raton Regional Hospital on January 21, 2021. Tom was born in Milwaukee, WI and was the only child of E.R. Steinman and Gertrude Genz Steinman. He graduated from Nicolet High School and attended Eureka College. Tom also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He married Dolly Weis on November 28, 1970 in Dubuque, IA. Tom and Dolly recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Tom had a very successful career in the Lawn and Garden Industry as a Manufacturers Representative. He was very well respected as he traveled the United States setting up and attending Trade shows for numerous companies throughout the Lawn and Garden Industry. His outgoing personality and ability to connect with people served him well and he made many lifelong friends in this career. Tom also spent many years in management working for Ace Hardware Corporation in Glenview, IL. Tom’s first love was his wife of 50 years or as Tom would say “100 Years, 50 for me and 50 for Dolly”. His second love was watching sports and anything and everything that involved his Green Bay Packers. If you met Tom Steinman it would not take long to be made aware of who his favorite football team was. Who would think that Tom from Milwaukee, WI would marry a Dallas Cowboy fan from Iowa. His love of the water started at a very young age when his father put him in his first Cub boat on Pewaukee Lake. He spent his childhood summers at the family home on Pewaukee Lake. Sailing became a passion for him and carried into adulthood. He was always on the water teaching sailing, participating in regattas and activities at the Pewaukee Yacht Club. The bonds he formed with his Pewaukee friends still carry on to this day.
When Dolly’s career took them to Chicago they continued to spend weekends with Tom’s parents at the lake. After many years in Glenview, IL the pull of Pewaukee was still very strong and Tom and Dolly moved back to rejoin family and their close network of friends. You could take the boy out of the lake but you couldn’t take the lake out of the boy.
If you were a child that was blessed to spend time with him he never was called Tom, he was “Uncle” Tom. He was the uncle every child wished they had. The name Uncle was never suggested it just happened because every kid who grew up with Tom automatically adopted him as their Uncle.
Another cherished part of his life was spending time with his parents when they wintered in Delray Beach, FL. Tom and Dolly spent all of their free time from careers visiting in Delray Beach. Many fond memories of life at the Seagate Club and the Delray Beach Club. As retirement was on the horizon a new venture began. All marriages require compromise and Dolly was ready for a life in Delray. It was not easy to get Tom out of Wisconsin, but a happy wife equals a happy life! For the past 16 years Delray has been home. In all of our lives it isn’t about where we are but who we are with. The friendships made at the Delray Beach Club have been indescribable. If you are a member of the DBC you knew Tom Steinman. From his perch on the stool at the Tiki Bar he watched his Packers on Sunday and enjoyed all the good natured rivalries with friends who actually rooted for other football teams. Photography was a great hobby of his and he loved taking pictures at the numerous events at the club. One of his favorite activities happened every December. If you saw Santa Claus at the club I bet you recognized his big blue eyes.
So to all the very very dear friends who were blessed to be a part of Tom’s life, Have a toast, Make a cheer, and be Happy not sad. Most importantly, GO PACK!!
Tom is survived by his wife Dolly, His Brother-In-Law Peter Weis (Molly), Sister-In-Law Suzy Weis Koelker (Glen), Godchild (Niece) Lauren Weis Peterson (Kurtis), Nieces, Jennifer Weis Manders (Jeff), and Ashli Weis Bonder (Dan), Great Nieces Alexis, Tia, Hadley and Carolyn and a Very Special Cousin Jack Steinman.
A very special Thank- You goes out to the dedicated ICU Care Staff at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. We are so grateful for the compassionate care Tom received.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either of the following organizations:
Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County www.bgcpbc.org
Pewaukee Lake Sailing School www.plss.org
Due to the pandemic a Celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date.