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Pamela Ann Steiger, 1950 - 2023
Mother, Grandmother, Caregiver, Companion
April 12, 2023

Obituary and life story submitted by the family

amela Ann Steiger passed away peacefully in the early hours of March 14th, 2023 with the care of her family and hospice nurses in Daphne, AL. She was 72 years old.

She was known by most as Ann, or Annie, as her late husband and close friends often called her. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Daniel Ralph Steiger, and brother, Stephen Tim Sickles.

She is survived by her seven children, Liorah Steiger, Benjamin (Mia) Steiger, Emily Thomas, Joshua (Jennifer) Steiger, Gabriel (Gabriella) Steiger, Gretchen Steiger, and Sarah Steiger; thirteen grandchildren, Katie (Grey), Christopher, Jarred (Alyssa), Savannah, Madelynn, Jilliann, Caleb, Lauren, Nathan, Evelyn, Vivienne, Orion, and Celina; and three stepchildren, Andrew Steiger, Shauna Steiger, and Daniel (Rachel) Steiger.

Ann and her family.

Ann was born on July 17, 1950 in Ithaca, NY to John and Hazel Sickles. She spent her childhood in many places across New York, California, and Massachusetts, as her father was a successful veterinarian.

In 1968, she graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Kingston, MA. She continued as an adult making homes for herself and family throughout California, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. While she spent the greater part of this time in Rocky Mount and Oriental, North Carolina, her favorite residence, by far, was along the Cape Cod area in Massachusetts.

She moved to Daphne, Alabama, in the fall of 2022 to spend her final months with the care of family.

Ann knew early on in life of her desire to be a mother of many children. She spent much of her life devoted to caring for her family as a stay-at-home mother, but kept many hobbies and community involvements.

Ann, with her late husband Dan.

While raising her children, Ann was an active volunteer and substitute teacher in their schools, a preschool teacher at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Rocky Mount, and an active parent in community organizations such as Girl Scouts. Ann was also very active in community arts, taking part in many theater productions and a variety of pottery workshops.

As her children grew older, Ann found enjoyment and success with her own pet sitting business and breeding Bichon Frisé puppies. She did both for many years until her youngest children graduated high school.

Because of her love for animals, you would always find a pet or two by Ann’s side, owning many dogs, cats, and even a few birds and rabbits over the years. She never hesitated to help or take in a stray animal and adopted many over the years from the local animal shelters.

Ann had a true passion for ensuring fair and loving treatment of those that could not fight for it on their own. Her compassion and empathy for vulnerable beings also encouraged her to become a caregiver and companion in multiple settings throughout her life. Between raising her children, Ann took on positions caring for adolescents with special needs and disabilities, as well as seniors in assisted living and living on their own.

Ann with her daughter Liorah

One of Ann’s favorite pastimes was creating a beautiful home. She loved to browse home magazines and watch design shows for inspiration, and would scour yard sales for antique furniture and décor. Many may remember the stunning gardens she kept at her homes, especially in Rocky Mount, transitioning to just-as-pretty hanging baskets and containers as she grew older.

Ann was a wealth of knowledge when it came to planting and gardening, offering advice to many, along with the seeds and cuttings she harvested from her own beautiful plants and flowers.

Ann, her son Ben and grandson Nathan.

In her later years, Ann enjoyed the slower pace of life, reading, browsing thrift stores, and spending quality time with her husband, children and grandchildren, and friends.

Shortly before the passing of her husband, Ann was diagnosed with metastatic esophageal cancer in March of 2022. She went through a successful round of radiation before transitioning to hospice care to live out her final year with the most quality of life.

Ann spent as much of this time with loved ones as she could, and was truly at peace with the idea of passing and satisfied with the life she lived. While she will be missed tremendously, those that loved her are grateful for the time she was here, that she is no longer suffering, and that she is now reunited with her husband, Dan, and other loved ones that have passed on.

A memorial service in her honor will be held Memorial Day weekend, with more details to come.

Posted Wednesday April 12, 2023 by Allison DeWeese

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