Richard E. Steinhauer, 80, MC elementary teacher, prolific playwright, composer, nature lover

By on November 15, 2017

Richard E. Steinhauer, 80, of Lancaster, entered into rest on Saturday morning, Nov. 11, 2017, at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy.

He was the loving husband of Mary Ann (Ferrara) Heltshe-Steinhauer. They were married on May 24, 2003.

As an educator, poet, composer, playwright and friend, he inspired all who knew him. Richard had a positive influence on students throughout his teaching career. He taught in the elementary schools in the Manheim Central School District and retired in 1997 after 35 years of service.

Richard held a B.S. in education; a masters of education; a B.S. of science and a masters degree all from Millersville University.

He wrote 25 plays with original music that were performed throughout his career. Richard also wrote “The Flight of the Condor,” a cantata that was performed at the Unitarian Church.

Born June 2, 1937, in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Charles and Rose (Vossler) Steinhauer.

A Unitarian, Richard was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, where he served on the board and sang in the choir. A nature lover, in 1982, Richard made a special trip and drove to Alaska. He traveled extensively throughout the United States where he visited most of the National Parks. Richard was a member of the Nature Conservancy and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Interested in classical music, he organized and sang in a Victorian quartet that performed throughout the area.

Also surviving, in addition to his wife: Mary Ann; are two children: Diane Davenport, of Towson, Md.; and R. Douglas Steinhauer, of Lancaster; two stepchildren: Megan, married to Will Skelton, of Castle Rock, Colo.; and Bria, married to Samuel VanCleve, of Conestoga; one grandchild; two step-grandchildren; and two brothers: C. Dale Steinhauer, of Ashburn, Va.; and Robert Steinhauer, of Milford, Del.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Richard’s celebration of life memorial gathering to be held at the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home, 121 S. Prince St., Lancaster, on Saturday, Nov. 18, between 2 and 4 p.m.

As per Richard’s wishes, Inurnment will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial remembrances can be made in his memory to Hospice & Community Care,; or The Nature Conservancy, at

To submit an online condolence, visit Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

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