Life Story / Obituary
Chris Robert Steinberg passed away on the morning of January 4th 2023 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City Michigan at the age of 60. He was a loving father, brother, son and friend to all. He is survived by his son Chris Robert Steinberg II, daughter-in-law Adriana Teresa Steinberg and 1st grandchild due in June 2023. His father Robert (Darlene) Steinberg, his sisters, Tina (Mark) Woller and Ginger (Rick) Worm, his brother Joel (April) Steinberg, step-brother James (Denise) Pierce and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother Jean Michaelean (Weber) Inman, grandparents Ralph and Mary (Piette) Steinberg, Michael and Ella (Weese) Weber and step-father Don Inman among many other beloved family members.
Chris was born in Traverse City on October 11th 1962. He graduated from Traverse City High school and entered the Nuclear Submarine program. There he served on the George C. Marshall and Nautilus for 9 years as a Nuclear Electrician, obtaining the rank of EM1(SS). He then served in the Navy Reserves for 3 years. He also was a volunteer firefighter/ first responder for 5 years, serving Long Lake Township Station 10. He always had a drive as an entrepreneur and a love for music, starting Good Times Karaoke with his brother James, through which he met and knew many members of the community as a DJ entertainer. He was a lifelong member of the VFW in Traverse City, and the President of Bay Area Coalition for Independent Living.
He had a great love of nature and prior to his injury, spent much of his time in the woods hunting and fishing. After his injury this continued in the form of flower gardening and mushroom tending. He also loved bowling, poker, euchre, and pool. He was always a lifelong learner and in his years after his injury earned 2 college degrees. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Davenport University and an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration-Management from Northwestern Michigan College.
Chris will be missed dearly with his quick wit and giving spirit. Even though he spent the last 28 years in a wheelchair, he never lost his love for people or the outdoors. He also loved his furry buddy of 10 years, Ben Goldman. A special thank you to Penny and Jasmine Yanke for caring for Chris for the long haul. Jerry Lauzon, thank you for always loving Chris and standing by his side.
If you wish to visit him, Chris will forever reside in Memorial Gardens.
The family's preference is to have contributions made in memory of Chris to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 81, Lake Ann, Michigan 49650.
Services will be held at noon Friday, January 13, 2023 at Long Lake Friends Church. Family will greet friends starting at 11 am. A private burial will be at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Please share your thoughts and more.