M. Steffan Maschke

March 14, 1952 ‒ January 02, 2009

Mount Gilead, Ohio

M. Steffan Maschke, age 56, of Mount Gilead, died Friday evening, January 2, 2009, at Doctors West Hospital in Columbus, following an unexpected cardiac arrest on Friday, December 26th.

On March 14, 1952, Steffan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Marvin and Jean (Hegeman) Maschke. He then graduated from Sidney High School in the Class of 1970.

Continuing his pursuit of education, Steffan’s undergraduate studies were at Miami University of Ohio, and later he earned his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University in Indianapolis.

After attending college at Miami University, Steffan received his commission in the U.S. Navy. As the navigator aboard his first ship, the U.S.S. Fletcher, he was awarded the Pacific Fleet Junior Shiphandler Award in 1984. Later, aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal he served as their Public Affairs Officer. Lastly, he taught at the Defense Information School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, where he earned the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After twenty years of service to his beloved country he chose to retire in 1996 to pursue his dream job and spend more time with his family.

Prior to becoming an officer in the U. S. Navy Steffan was living in Columbia, Maryland in 1982, where he was swept off of his feet by Susan Carpenter. After a “whirlwind romance,” neither had any doubt about spending the rest of their lives together, and they were married on October 2, 1982. They have enjoyed every minute of their twenty-six years of marriage, and more importantly have been blessed by two dear sons. As a family, they have enjoyed living in numerous places because of his service to the U.S. Navy: San Diego, California, Pascagoula, Mississippi, Washington D.C., Jacksonville, Florida, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Asheville, North Carolina, before settling in Susan’s hometown of Mount Gilead in 1998.

As a child, Steffan grew up near a train depot and quickly developed a fascination for this profession. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he was able to pursue his childhood dream of “playing with trains” and became an engineer for the Norfolk Southern Railroad in the Mansfield, Ohio Division. He will be missed by his follow conductors and engineers who he often kept entertained.

A proud father, Steffan loved being with his sons, Andrew and Corky, and “he wanted to know every detail of their lives.” Always supportive, he encouraged each of them every step of the way in their life choices.

Always playing mind games, Steffan lived for pulling a good prank and telling a great story. To his children, he was their “technologically impaired tall tale teller,” always keeping them on their feet in any situation.

An avid football fan, Steffan loved to record Indianapolis Colts and Ohio State Buckeye games on his DVR, often discussing the games at length with his sons when watching them. Also, he was a movie buff, with his favorite movie being “The Sting” and his other preferences being old war movies, such as “Kelly’s Heroes” and “the Dirty Dozen.”

With a passion for cooking, Steffan loved to create new dishes to impress his family and friends, and for him “it was all about the presentation.” He tried to “Wow” everyone.

Up for a good challenge, Steffan enjoyed helping his father-in-law, Harry Carpenter with various building projects.

An expert poker player, Steffan loved playing “real poker,” not Texas Hold ‘Em.

With a love for trivia, Steffan enjoyed playing “name that tune” with his family, wanting both the name of the artist, song, and the year the song debuted. He also enjoyed singing, and usually he would sing his favorite Beatles tunes.

A man of dedication, Steffan gave everything to his work and family. He was a genuine man, who lived every day to its fullest, and he will forever be remembered for his fun loving personality and caring nature.

Steffan will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Susan Maschke; two beloved sons: Andrew and Corky Maschke, all of Mount Gilead; a brother, Dr. Stuart (Dr. Deb DeAngelo) Maschke, of York, Pennsylvania, and his children: Tristan, April, Walker and Lian Maschke; a sister, Carol (Edmond) Ray of Lambertsville, Michigan; and two sisters-in-law: Linda Carpenter of Columbus, and Sandra Carpenter, DVM, of Mount Gilead.

In addition to his parents, Steffan was preceded in death by his brother, Curtis Maschke.

The Maschke family will greet friends on Thursday, January 15, 2009, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Snyder Funeral Home, 76 S. Main St., Mt. Gilead, where services celebrating his life will be held on Friday, January 16, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Gary Carr officiating. Burial at sea with military honors will take place at a later date. Following his celebration of life service, the family would like to invite everyone to a reception meal at the V.F.W. Post 8054 in Mount Gilead .

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio State Navy ROTC Unit, and they may be sent to Snyder Funeral Home, 76 S. Main St., Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.