Starre Steinmetz was born on October 1, 1938, in Moon Township, Allegheny County, PA. His birth name was Starre Theodore Jon Steinmetz. He was the third son born to Raymond Clarence Steinmetz and Vera Annetta Christian Steinmetz. His birth made a family of four children. His siblings being two brothers, Clarence and Arlie, and one sister, Linda.
Starre lived a very full and amazing life. As a young man, Starre was known until he was nine years old as Teddy. He was very energetic and loved sports, especially baseball and he developed into a great pitcher. He grew up loving to play on his grandfather's farm. His father also worked the farm and specialized in growing strawberries which they sold to the community. He was also good at doing other things like shooting guns and bows. He attended the local schools and went to Moon High School. When he was 16 however, his budding baseball career was cut short when he was diagnosed with cancer in his right leg. It was a devastating blow that would later be a blessing. He and his mother went out of state to see what could be done to save his leg. In the process, he had to get his leg amputated. The doctor's prognosis was not good. They said that the cancer would spread and that he would die at a young age. When he was in his twenties, he heard about an Evangelist (Katherine Kuhlman) who came to Pittsburgh and he went to the service. That day changed his life. She prayed for him and he was healed of cancer. This testimony he would share many times because it changed his life. He truly got saved and dedicated his life to Jesus at this evangelistic service.
In spite of his disability, Starre didn't let things stop him. In 1968 he began dating the love of his life, Barbara Grimm, and he proposed to her. They were later married on May 17, 1968. Together they built a successful printing press business in Moon Township, PA. Not only did they build a great business but they did many things together such as traveling. They were married for 50 years.
Starre was a believer in Jesus Christ. He had been baptized as a young man in 1949, but after the experience with cancer and the healing, he dedicated his life to living, learning, and serving the Lord Jesus Christ. He was so dedicated to learning and studying the word that we was offered the opportunity to be a Pastor once. He decided not to become a Pastor but he and his wife joined Moon Crest Baptist Church where they both served, taught Sunday School, Bible Study, and were praise and worship leaders for many years. Starre would also share the word when asked. He would also share about his amazing healing from cancer. His testimony blessed many people.
Starre and Barbara's ministry didn't stop there. They moved from Moon Township in 2009 to the Coraopolis Towers Apartments in Coraopolis, PA. They made many friends there, especially when they began attending the Sunday church services led by Pastor Dave Odrey. Starre and Pastor Dave became good friends and he and Barbara both grew from his Bible teachings. Starre and Barbara were able to serve at the services in singing and praise and worship. They also did week night Bible study at the Towers.
Starre had many gifts and talents. He did photography, artwork, recording, poetry, boating, writing, music and singing, to name some of the many talents and hobbies that he possessed. No disability held him back from accomplishing the things that he wanted to do or from serving and helping others. Starre's life was a life of service and love for God.
He loved his family and was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and their mates; Clarence and wife, Arlie and Grace, Linda and husband. He is survived by his wife Barbara, two nieces, two nephews, three great-nephews, five great-nieces, seven great-great nephews and six great-great nieces, as well as cousins and good friends. He was loved and will be missed.
Family and friends will be welcomed in the Sanvito Funeral Home, 1316 4th Ave., Coraopolis, on Saturday, March 23rd from 10am-noon. A Prayer Service will take place at noon. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Moon Township.