Robert Steiger

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
St. John Paul II Church
2052 Lakeview Ave
Lake View, New York, United States

Obituary of Robert F. Steiger

Robert F. Steiger was a quiet but quick-witted man with a great sense of humor. Born in Olean, NY on May 17, 1931, to Alfred and Grace Steiger, Robert grew up with his siblings John, Alice, Marie, and Alfred. As Robert aged, he proudly joined the U.S. Navy, serving from April 1951 to May 1955, obtaining Electrician's Mate Third Class rank. He primarily worked on submarines, particularly the U.S.S. Spinax (SS-489), a tench-class submarine. After the service, Robert worked, and later retired, as a lineman splicer with Verizon. Robert started his own family when he met Virginia Testi outside Capitol Hill bar. The two said hello and chatted for a few moments. Later that night, Robert called Virginia to ask her on a date. The pair would hit it off, and soon Robert would send his niece with a ring to propose to Virginia. Robert and Virginia shared 65 beautiful years and always claimed they were lucky to have one another. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Vicki and Debbie. The family would expand with the addition of son-in-law Joe, grandchildren, Alex and Josh, and great-grandchildren, Dominic and Giovanni. Robert adored his family and would do anything for them. Family meant everything. An incredibly welcoming person, Robert also considered his children's friends and his son-in-law's family, the Fabi family, as part of his own. When Virginia's mother moved in with them, Robert even devoted his time to caring for her and treating her like a queen. The fun dad and grandpa, Robert also enjoyed dancing and singing with his family to some of his favorite music, Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, and Elvis. Overall, he worked to keep his family safe, happy, and healthy. Robert was a good man with a big heart who always put his family first. He will be greatly missed. Steiger, Robert F. of Lake View, NY passed July 23, 2021. Beloved husband of Virginia Steiger; devoted father of Victoria (Joseph) Fabi and Debbie Steiger; loving grandfather of Alex (Katlin) Fabi and Josh (Laura) Fabi; caring great-grandfather of Dominic and Giovanni Fabi; loving brother of John Steiger, Alice Foster, Marie Finch, and the late Alfred Steiger; also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wed. 7/28 10:00 AM at St. John Paul II Church. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Buffalo. Online donations and condolences can be made at
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