Feb. 28, 1925 – Feb. 25, 2017
Harold C. Steinwachs, retired accounting supervisor at the Ford Stamping Plant in Woodlawn, died Feb. 25 in Spring Hills Hunters Creek in Orlando, Fla., after a short illness. He was 91.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Blessed Trinity School and Bennett High School. He was a graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School.
An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Allied Force Headquarters in North Africa under Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and moved with the command to Italy, France and Germany, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.
When the war ended, he was at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Returning from service, Mr. Steinwachs earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Buffalo in three years and became an estimator for Hewitt-Robins in Buffalo.
In 1951, he went to the newly opened Ford Stamping Plant as an accountant. Two years later, he was promoted to accounting supervisor, a position he held until he retired in 1979.
A former West Seneca resident, he moved to Polk City, Fla., in 1983. He and his wife volunteered at schools and nursing homes in the Lakeland area and for the 1985 Miss USA beauty pageant.
After they moved to Kissimmee, Fla., he worked part time for 10 years at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and volunteered in the pulmonary rehabilitation center at Celebration, Fla., Hospital.
Following the death of his wife of 54 years, the former Eleanor F. Betz, in 2005, he moved to Celebration with his son, Mark.
Survivors include three sons, Robert, Paul and Mark; two daughters, Diane Ace and Janet Kostran; two sisters, Jeanette Mueller and Carole Thompson; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered March 4 in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, West Seneca.