George W. Stiefbold, ‘Steppy’


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Steppy1Mr. George W. Stiefbold, 88, died on September 6, 2016 at his home in Verona.

A funeral service will be offered in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Cedar Grove on Saturday, September 10 at 10 a.m. Visiting in the Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Born and raised in Trenton, Mr. Stiefbold served in the U.S. Army prior to moving to Verona 62 years ago. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Trenton State Teachers’ College and a master’s degree in education from Rutgers University.

Steppy2Mr. Stiefbold was a teacher and soccer coach with the Verona Board of Education at Verona High School from 1954 to 1990. He was past president of the Verona Education Association and a member of the Essex County Soccer Coaches’ Association. He was inducted into the Verona High School Hall of Fame in 2007 as VHS Head Soccer Coach.

Mr. Stiefbold is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Lois (nee Compton) Stiefbold, his loving children, Kathy Van Benschoten and her husband Mark, Pat Cleveland, Scott Stiefbold and his wife Gabriella, Jeff Stiefbold, Sue Wolff and her husband Dave and his cherished grandchildren, Harry Cleveland (Miki), Chris Cleveland (Sam), John Van Benschoten, Laura Stiefbold, Melissa Stiefbold, Christina Stiefbold, Sean Stiefbold, Mia Stiefbold, Kaitlyn Wolff and Alexa Wolff. He is also survived by his brother, Bob Stiefbold (Joanne) and brother-in-law, Milt Schisler. He was predeceased by his sister, Alice Schisler and grandson, Andy Van Benschoten.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to Verona Education Association, c/o Angela Salisbury, VEA Treasurer, Verona High School, 151 Fairview Avenue, Verona NJ 0744 would be greatly appreciated.Steppy3

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