Charles A. Steinman

October 30, 1937 - May 14, 2010

10/30/1937 - 05/14/2010

Past Services

Monday August 23, 2010
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA
202-695-3250 or | Directions
Thursday August 26, 2010
9:00 am
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA
202-695-3250 or | Directions

Col. Charles A. Steinman, USA, Retired, of Wheeling, passed away just two weeks after his 78th birthday, at Kindred Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. His family was at his bedside.

Born in Benwood, WV, on April 30, 1932, Charles was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Celeste Ann, and his parents, Herbert Charles and Eleanor Anna Faulstick Steinman.

Charles’ wife, the former Martha Bartolovic, his three children: Charles A. II wife, Celinda of San Diego, CA; Dr. Sharon L. of Pittsburgh, PA; and Ellen Donnert husband, Dieter of Lebanon, TN; as well as his brothers: Fred of Ashville, NC; Herb of Lebanon, MO; and Jack of Madison, AL, all survive him. He was blessed with eight grandchildren, one great grandson, two step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.

A graduate of Union High School in Benwood, Charles’ academic achievement earned him an appointment to the United States Military Academy, at West Point, where he received a bachelor’s degree in military science in 1955. After first serving as an airborne artillery officer, he then served in the U. S. Army Ordnance Corps until 1977, attaining the rank of Colonel.

Receiving a master’s degree from Kent State University, in 1967, Charles was elected to membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary society for excellence in business administration. Among his military decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

While on active duty, Charles’ assignments included two tours in Germany and one in Vietnam. After 22 years, he retired from military service and joined Frank E. Basil, Inc., and later, McDonnell Douglas Services, both in Saudi Arabia. Returning to the United States in 1987, Charles made his home in Wheeling where he assumed the position of Director of Business Services at West Virginia Northern Community College, serving on the Board of Trustees for many years.

A man of many interests, Charles was an award winning amateur photographer and had a special interest in high fidelity electronics. After his retirement from WVNCC, he built computers for his family and was always available to neighbors and friends to solve their computer problems. In addition, he became a respected genealogist–greatly expanding work previously accomplished by his son.

During his life, Charles was an honest, though modest man, who carried himself with dignity in all of his activities. Always ready to give credit and support to those who worked above him, with him, and for him, he was an inspirational leader who earned the admiration and devotion of those around him. In business, he was a master trouble shooter, willing to tackle problems others found too difficult. Yet, throughout it all, including his disabling illness, he maintained a marvelous sense of humor. Always treating others with consideration and kindness, even his private language was above reproach. To his last breath, he remained completely in love with his sweetheart of over 55 years.

A Lutheran, Charles’ services will be held August 26, at the Ft. Myer Chapel, Arlington, Virginia, followed by a full military honors ceremony and burial at Arlington National Cemetery. To say that Charles is greatly missed by his family, his friends, and his Jack Russell, Caesar, is an understatement of inestimable proportions. His family agrees with an early American tombstone inscription, “It is a fearsome thing to love what death can touch.”

With an aim of hemorrhagic stroke prevention, saving lives, limiting and overcoming disabilities, the Steinman Family has established the Charles A. Steinman Hemorrhagic Stroke Foundation. To honor Charles, memorial donations may be made to Strike Out Strokes in care of United Bank, 14 W Bethlehem Blvd, Wheeling, WV 26003.

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Julie Balk-Perry
8 years ago

I was so saddened when I received the notice in the mail of Charles’s passing. He was a wonderful genealogist and helped me with his sharing of information for the Fryman family tree we shared. Through letters, phone conversations and Christmas cards I got to know him as exactly the man his family describes. I can see him in heaven with a notebook seeking the information he couldn’t get here. My deepest condolences to his family.

Connie Brestle Shumway
8 years ago

My condolences to Charles’ family. I met him several years ago when I discovered pictures that he had posted on the web. He was a great help to us in updating our family tree for the Fryman lineage. My Uncle asked me to get a picture of his marker at Arlington to add to our genealogy. I live in the area and would be willing to send a copy to your family, as I know it takes several weeks before the markers are available. My Mom and an uncle are inurned in the Columbarium and we had a double funeral service for them in June 2000. My email is

My family visits the Columbarium around Easter and whenever family members come to visit. Peace be with you all.

Donna Smittle, Prof. Emeritus WVNCC
8 years ago

Was so sorry to read of Mr. Steinman’s death…when he worked at WVNCC, he was one of my favorite persons. He was everything that was written about him in his obituary…he always told me to call him Charles but I just couldn’t because he was someone that you could respect and show honor to and he was always Mr. Steinman. I didn’t know he was a Col. until later years. He was wonderful and I was privileged to have known and worked with him.