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James F. Steinhauser

April 19, 1935 — March 21, 2024

Atlantis, Florida

James F. Steinhauser

April 19, 1935 - March 21, 2024

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of James F. Steinhauser, on March 21, 2024; affectionately known as Jim/Jimmy to friends, and Poppy to family, at the age of 88 years. He was a beacon of joy, wisdom, and positivity for all who knew him.

Jim was predeceased by his father, Karl M. Steinhauser, Sr., his mother, Helen K. Kilanowski-Steinhauser, his son, James F. Steinhauser, Jr, and mother to his children and first wife Ruth Heyner-Steinhauser. 

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Rose Steinhauser, his partner in all aspects of life, with whom he shared countless adventures and moments of serenity. His surviving siblings, Karl “Junior” and Robert “Bobby,” shared in his journey from childhood to his final days, filled with love and laughter.

Jim was a proud father to Carol A. Steinhauser-Cote, Marilyn R. Steinhauser-Peraza-Arce, Helen “Helena” M. Steinhauser, and James F. Steinhauser, Jr.    His grandchildren, Jason Vick, Johnathan Flanagan, Darlene Vick-Bush, Jessica Flanagan, and Brenda Vick-Newland, brought immense joy and pride into his life as did his great grandchildren; Lexi, Nikki, Tyler, John-David, Dawson, Christian, Scarlett and Jenna. He embraced his role as a stepfather with open arms, welcoming his stepchildren; Melissa, Laura, and Michele as his own along with their extended families.

Jim was born in Bronx, New York.  He went on to settle in South Florida with much of his family where he enjoyed the sunny weather, excellent golf courses, and the ocean breeze. 
 
 Jim had a long and fruitful career when he retired from Southern Bell only to embark on a second career with Sundown Vitamins/Rexall Drugs and later CDS International Holdings. There, he built lifelong friendships and made significant impacts across numerous business ventures. His passion for golf, love for travel, and strong spiritual faith were cornerstones of his vibrant life.

He was known for his enduring charisma and infectious positivity.  Jim’s kind and generous spirit, coupled with his sharp wit and relentless sense of humor, made every moment with him memorable. He was a master of the practical joke, always aiming to bring a smile to those around him.  As a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Jim imparted wisdom, shared skills, and offered unwavering support, and we are left with beautiful memories of being taught everything from riding a bike, telling a joke, driving a car, or savoring a fine wine thanks to his dedication to such roles. His family adored him, forever honored by the legacy and lessons filled with love and laughter he leaves behind.  

His spirit and legacy will forever be remembered by those who were fortunate enough to know him.

We will miss his laughter, his stories, and the light he brought into our lives. Rest in peace, dear Poppy. You have left this world better than you found it, and your spirit will live on in the hearts of all privileged to know you and blessed to share your love.

In lieu of flowers or a Memorial Service in accordance with Jim’s wishes, please donate to the COPD Foundation at https://www.copdfoundation.org/Ways-to-Give/Donate/Donate-Now.aspx in Memory of James F. Steinhauser. 

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