Judith A. Steigleder

07/27/1941 - 01/18/2024


Obituary For Judith A. Steigleder

Lima, Ohio

Judith A. (Long) Steigleder, passed into Heaven on Thursday, January 18, 2024. at 2:07 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center.

She was the daughter of Albert R. and Martha A. (Bauer) Long, both of whom preceded her in death, as did her only sibling, Frederic.

Judy met the Reverend Richard Steigleder, the love of her life, in 1972, when he was appointed pastor of her home congregation, Green Camp United Methodist Church. Following a brief courtship, the couple's wedding took place in the Green Camp sanctuary with Reverends Anita Watson and C. Joseph Sprague officiating. The couple enjoyed nearly 39 years of marriage prior to Richard's death in 2011.

During those busy years, Judy was employed as an Executive Secretary, while also serving as an active supportive pastor's spouse. Both Judy and Richard were accomplished in cross-stitching, an art form both found relaxing and fulfilling. Judy was also an excellent seamstress, who made much of her own clothing, while also creating dress suits for Richard. She parlayed this skill and her love of the church into creating seasonal liturgical paraments for several congregations.

The Steigleders enjoyed travel, especially cruises to the Hawaiian Isles and the Caribbean. They were hosts to exchange students from other nations and maintained a life-long relationship with one former student, Jochen and his family. In retirement, Judy loved gardening, remaining active in her church's extensive tutoring program, made hundreds of pounds of delicious holiday candy to support congregational outreach, while also continuing as church council secretary. She loved traditional sacred music and was a devoted choir member for more than 65 years.

As she is reunited with Richard and their beloved dogs --Heidi, Scotty, Jake, Joey and Bailey, a memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at CHILES - LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL. Pastor Dan Lee will officiate the service. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions in Memory of Judith A. Steigleder may be sent to the Mark C. Sprague Fund at the Methodist Theological School, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015 or to the Spiritual Growth Fund of the Westside United Methodist Church 604 Gloria Ave., Lima, OH 45805.

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  • 01/24/2024

    I have so many good memories of Judy and Dick. Such wonderful people. So kind to me and their generosity was beyond belief. I still have a needlepoint hanging in my kitchen which is a constant reminder to me of our friendship. Mary Kay Brown

  • 01/22/2024

    We want to express our condolences for the loss of Judy Steigleder. We got to know Judy when she and Dick served the Northridge United Methodist Church in Springfield. We remember her being active the church choir and the Women's Group. JERRY & JO ELLEN LAUB/SPRINGFIELD

  • 01/20/2024

    Judy has been a neighbor for many years she will be missed

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