Dorothy Helen Steffenauer

dorothy steffenauer

August 5, 1920 ~ August 13, 2022

Dorothy “Dot” Helen Steffenauer of Leonia, New Jersey, passed away on August 13, 2022, in Teaneck, New Jersey at the age of 102.

Dorothy was born in Tennessee to Pricilla Gertrude and Avis Riley Castleman on August 5, 1920. She married William H. Steffenauer in 1943. She supported her husband, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, and raised their daughter through his tours of duty in WW2 and the Korean war. She lived in Leonia for over 60 years and has had a broad and lasting impact on her community. In addition to being a wife, mother, and grandmother, she was a teacher. “Mrs. Steffenauer” taught at St. John’s the Evangelist in Leonia for over 30 years. Her legacy is the love, time, and support she gave to her students and their families, spanning generations.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Pamela Bevan Carroll of Melbourne Beach, Florida, her granddaughters Melissa Bevan and Amanda (Irfan) Shaikh of Houston, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband William "Bill” Steffenauer, her son-in-law Paul Bevan, her parents, and eight siblings.

Memorial donations can be made to the charity of your choice, one that reflects a facet of what Dorothy meant to you. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Mary Rausch and the Ascend Hospice organization for their unconditional compassion and friendship to Dorothy.

A visitation will be held at Frank Patti Funeral Home on Friday, August 19th from 3:00-6:00 pm. A service will be held St. John the Evangelist on Saturday, August 20th at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at Madonna Cemetery.


Mass: August 20, 2022 10:30 am

St. John R. C. Church
Broad & Harrison Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605

Visitation at Funeral Home: August 19, 2022 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place: August 20, 2022 11:30 am

Madonna Cemetery
2070 Hoefley's Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss Pam. I will always remember your Mom& Dad with the fondest of memories. They were wonder people !! As kids we always felt welcomed at their home. Hope you and your girls are doing well. Sincerely, Kate ( Hulton) Barnes.

  2. Mrs. Steffenauer was my third grade teacher. She was a kind and gentle soul. I loved being in her class. Once I had difficulty with another teacher at the school and she saw me becoming emotional as I left school. She saw that I was sobbing, asked what was wrong, and took time and talked to me and gave me peace in my time of turmoil. I still remember this so fondly so many years later. What a blessing she was!

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