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David Jacob Steindler, 81, of Sheffield, founding member of Friends of the Bushnell-Sage Library

By Saturday, Jun 29, 2019 Obituaries

David Jacob Steindler passed away at home in Sheffield. Mass., on June 27. He was born on Jan. 21, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, beloved son of Irene and Max Steindler. The family moved to New Rochelle, New York, before he was one year old, and he grew up there and graduated from New Rochelle High School. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1959, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with Distinction in Mathematics.

David went to work in the family printing business in 1961. He met and married his wife, Judith, in 1962, and the couple lived and worked in New York City until 1976. He sold the printing business and moved to Sheffield to enjoy his love of antiques, opening Dovetail Antiques to sell antiques and repair antique clocks. 

He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Rhoda Roth, and his nephew, Daniel Roth. He is survived by his sister Helene Becker of Virginia, his niece and nephew, Amy and Michael Tietz of New Rochelle, grandnephew Benjamin Tietz of Brooklyn, and his wife Judith of Sheffield

After moving to Sheffield, David served the town in many capacities. He was on the town’s Industrial Development Commission for 12 years, was head of the town’s recycling for 23 years, and a member of the Sheffield Finance Committee for 17 years. He was a founding member of the Friends of the Bushnell-Sage Library in 1994, served as president for the first nine years, and as a director and active participant up until the present.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 3, and 11 a.m. at the Sheffield Center Cemetery, Berkshire School road. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Friends of the Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield or the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield, Mass. 

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