of Chelsea, Michigan, age 88, died on Monday, September 26, 2022. She was born November 11, 1933, in Bangor, Michigan, the daughter of Louis Blake and Evelyn (Root) Bregger.

Alice attended Bangor Schools with her two brothers, Don and Allan, and two sisters, Doris Finn and Lois Verdonk, all of whom preceded her in death. She graduated from Bangor High School in 1951. Alice earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Education, a master’s degree from EMU, and in later years, a specialist degree from the University of Michigan. Continuing education was a focus for Alice. She was always attending summits, conventions, meetings, and outreach classes.

Alice taught 8th grade science at Beach Middle School in Chelsea, for 32 years. She loved teaching, her students, and focused on environmental education. In the late 1960's, with Department Head, Don Young, she designed and developed the Nature Center just south of Beach Middle School. In 1976, she received the Michigan United Conservation Club’s Educator of the Year award, presented by then Governor, William G. Milliken. She was also the recipient of the Michigan Science Teacher of the Year award.

Alice belonged to the Unitarian Church and was a lifelong member of MUCC and the National Wildlife Federation. She worked with MUCC to pass the Bottle Bill in Michigan.

Alice and Ray loved to travel, covering much of the United States, Canada, Europe, and even Australia and New Zealand. She was always one to take pictures and bring back neat pieces of nature to share with her students.

In 1955, Alice married John Raymond Steinbach, who preceded her in death on September 25, 2020. She is survived by two sons, Victor (Shari) Steinbach of Allendale, Dave (Shannon) Steinbach of Gregory; four grandchildren, Sean Steinbach, Tracy Steinbach, Erin Huedepohl, and Amy (Tyler) Pyke; as well as three great-grandchildren, McKinley, Harper, and Halston.

Celebration of life gathering with lunch will be held at the Chelsea Rod and Gun on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 12:30 to 3:00. Alice will be buried in the Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea, Michigan, alongside Ray and his parents. Memorial contributions may be made to the MUCC Camp for Kids, https://mucc.org/youth/.

 

 


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#5 William Rosentreter 2022-10-04 02:17
What a sad day for believers in science and nature.
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#4 Kathryn Waldyke 2022-10-03 23:16
Many memories of junior high are not the happiest, but all my memories of Mrs. Steinbach and of her class and her teaching are positive. She was way ahead of the trends and cared deeply. May she rest in peace.
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#3 Sharon Sweet 2022-09-29 12:46
I should have told you before you passed that I became a science teacher. My choice in career probably had something to do with you. Rest In Peace. Victor, my sympathies. Sharon Schiller Sweet
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#2 Tim Merkel 2022-09-28 21:17
She was a great teacher. Her love and enthusiasm for natural science was contagious. My sympathies to your family.
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#1 Rick Sweeny 2022-09-28 12:24
Victor and Dave so sorry for your lost I remember having your mom for a teacher and also swimming at Cedar lake with you guys. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family’s
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