Published DateLACONIA — Andrew Edward Steuer, 79, of 82 Academy Street, died at Lakes Region General Hospital on Monday, January 14, 2013.
Andy was born November 1, 1933 in Sayville, New York, the son of the late Richard and Lina (Maus) Steuer. He was raised and educated in Sayville, New York and served in the U. S. Army National Guard, Rainbow Division, 42nd Infantry 1, Tank Battalion. While living in Sayville, Andy was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church for many years. He had a beautiful voice and began singing in a church choir at 5 years old!
Andy moved to Laconia with his family in 1971 to become owners of Whittemore's Flower Shop which they operated with love and pride until 2012. Andy was a familiar face downtown and all over Laconia.
Andy was a floraculturist who was a lifelong grower. He had won many awards at the New York Flower Show for his carnation and snapdragon developments.
Andy was a member of the Laconia Congregational Church Choir for many years, something he loved doing and which gave him much happiness. He was a founding member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and sang in their choir until health problems intervened.
Andy was a " lifetime member" of the Laconia Rotary Club, which awarded him a Paul Harris Fellowship. He was a member of the Laconia Lodge of Elks No. 876 and served on the Board of the Laconia Salvation Army for many years. He was a rabid Laconia Sachems fan.
Andy loved stamp collecting, music and especially travelling. Perhaps his greatest joy was travelling with his grandchildren — especially to Civil War battlefields! He enjoyed playing sports in his youth and continued playing softball after he moved to Laconia.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorothy (Schunk) Steuer, of Laconia, N.H.; two sons, Dr. Kenneth A. Steuer and his wife, Dr. Susan Steuer, of Mattawan, Michigan and Timothy J. Steuer and his wife, Christine, of Laconia. N.H.; a daughter, Julianna K. Nelson, and her husband, Ronald, of Gilford. N. H.; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Cahill and her husband, Brent, of St. Paul, Minnesota, Kevin Steuer of Watertown, Mass., Kyle Nelson of Gilford, N.H., Erik Steuer of Laconia, N.H., Magdalena Steuer of Mattawan , Michigan, Andrew Nelson of Gilford, N.H., Julianna Steuer of Mattawan, Michigan and Curtis Nelson of Gilford, N.H.; one great grandson, Blaise Cahill, of St. Paul, Minnesota; a sister, Amalie McCreery, of Florida, one niece and four nephews. Andy was predeceased by his parents, by a sister and a niece.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2013 from noon-2:00 PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. 03246
A Funeral Service will be held following the calling hours at 2:30 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2238 Parade Road, Laconia, N.H.
Spring burial will be in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Academy Street, Laconia, NH.
Flowers are welcome or if preferred, donations in Andy's memory may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2238 Parade Road, Laconia, N. H 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.