FISHKILL - Frank R. Steinard, 78, a lifelong area resident, died on April 28, 2018 at ArchCare at Ferncliff in Rhinebeck, NY.
Born in Newburgh in 1940, he was the son of Ernest Lloyd Steinard and Mildred (McElrath) Steinard. Frank served our country in the US Army National Guard for 6 years. He retired from IBM East Fishkill in 1994 as Manager of Semiconductor Manufacturing, General Technology Division, and head of the Advanced Semiconductor Technology Center (ASTC), the joint effort between IBM, Siemens AG, and Toshiba Corp. concerned with manufacture and R&D of semiconductor wafers. Upon his retirement, he was recognized for his contribution to the evolution of Device Technology.
He was remembered by the many people that worked for him in IBM as a man that expected excellence from his people, and always recognized and rewarded their devotion and hard work in ways that made a difference to their lives. When the series of layoffs were ordered from IBM Corporate in the 1990’s, Frank worked tirelessly to find alternate positions within IBM for the people in his employ. Although he was able to help many, many people find new positions, it affected him deeply that he could not save everyone. For years after his retirement, he would frequently run into old employees while out shopping with his wife Bonnie, and they would sincerely thank him for saving their jobs. It meant the world to him that they remembered him for his efforts.
He was a life member of St. Mary’s Council #4065, Knights of Columbus, a member of the Antique Car Club of America, and the IBM Quarter Century Club. He enjoyed antique cars, basketball, Elvis, and animals - especially his granddaughter Katie’s horse, Curious Little Lena, (aka “CL”). He loved traveling to horse shows across the country to watch Katie and CL compete nationally in NCHA events. In 2008, before CL earned a well-deserved retirement, Katie made her “Pa” especially proud when she and CL achieved Reserve Champion status in Columbus, Ohio at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, the largest single breed horse show in the world.
Frank is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Bueb); his children, Kim Louise Steinard of Poughkeepsie, and Todd Edward Steinard of Fishkill; his granddaughter, Katie Laura Borell; his brothers, Edward and John Steinard; his brother-in-law, Joel E. Bueb, his wife Patti and their family; his special friends, Janice Johnson, Peggy and Larry Reis; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Ernest Steinard Jr. and Helen Knauss.
Calling hours will be on Thursday from 3-7pm at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill followed by a service at 7pm.
Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation Inc., or the Alzheimer’s Association. Please visit Frank’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.