December 8, 1950 - January 13, 2014
Stephen (Edward) Steiner passed away on January 13, 2014 shortly after celebrating his 63rd birthday on December 8th. He died peacefully due to complications after undergoing transplant surgery. Born in Long Island to the Steiner family, he was the eldest of three sons. It was a close-knit family and Steve spent a happy childhood growing up in the town of Woodmere, NY. He later attended Hewlett High School where he was captain of the soccer team. He was an all-around athlete and won many medals as a cross country runner. During this time, his father owned Al Steiner’s, a popular steakhouse, and Steve and his brothers often helped out at the restaurant. After high school Steve attended Cornell University’s prestigious School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. He spent the next several years in Colorado working in the hospitality industry and honing his skiing skills. Stephen eventually returned to Long Island and with his brother Gary, opened a successful restaurant called Pancho’s Cantina – bringing Mexican cuisine to New York. However, as time went on, his passion for skiing and love of the mountains kept calling him and after several more years he moved to Hunter Mountain and opened another restaurant. Tequila’s would eventually become a popular watering hole for locals and skiers. Stephen later moved to Lake Tahoe and settled in Incline Village, NV. It was while working at the Hyatt Resort he met Janet, who would eventually become his wife. Steve loved living in Tahoe-skiing, mountain biking, and kayaking on the lake. You would often find him playing on the beach with their feisty dog Ruby. Most recently, Steve was known as the crew on Wild Goose 2. A perfect fit for Steve. His entertaining stories educated guests about beautiful Lake Tahoe. Over the years he assembled a large group of loyal friends in the area. People were naturally attracted to his warm and magnetic personality, wicked sense of humor, and over-all zest for life. They were also awed by his artistry and expertise on the ski slopes. Steve is survived by his wife and best friend, Janet Hershey with whom he spent the past 19 years, his beloved mother Lenore Steiner of Boca Raton, FL and his brothers Clifford and Gary Steiner of NYC and Valley Stream, NY. In Janet’s words “Steve lived his life passionately and fully,with kindness and happiness. He had no regrets.” He will be greatly missed by us all.
North Tahoe Events Center –
8318 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA
Sunday, February 16 – 1pm-4pm
Pancho’s Cantina -
4245 Austin Blvd. Island Park, NY
Sunday, February 23 – 1pm-4pm
Diamond Peak Ski and Education Foundation
This foundation runs youth ski
programs at Diamond Peak.
CPMC Foundation – Associated with
California Pacific Medical Center where Steve
had his transplant. Steve received excellent
care and donations will be submitted to the