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Frederick Steller

Frederick C. Steller

Thursday, August 26th, 1920 - Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
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Frederick Charles Steller, MD, age 99 of Spring Lake, New Jersey passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Dr. Steller was born August 26, 1920 in College Point, New York to Frederick and Flora Steller and grew up with his younger brother Robert in Butler, New Jersey. Fred was a standout baseball player at Butler High School. He then matriculated at Villanova University and graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science Degree followed by his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1944. Dr. Steller then served as a medical officer in the United States Navy in the Asian-Pacific Theatre. At the conclusion of World War II, he set up his practice of medicine in Spring Lake, NJ where he cared for his patients from 1946 to 1989 (save a second term in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, serving as a Medical Officer at Norfolk, VA. He was discharged in 1956 with the rank of Commander). Fred married Madeline O’Connor of College Point, New York and they lived happily together for 58 years until Madeline’s death in 2002. They lived in Spring Lake, NJ where they raised their six children. Dr. Steller distinguished himself locally during the Polio Crisis of the early 1950’s protecting his patients and all throughout Monmouth County from the overwhelming disease. He pursued his keen interest in cardiac medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ where he ultimately served as Chief of the Medical Staff from 1970 to 1974. Fred was an avid golfer, joining Spring Lake Golf Club and becoming one of its first presidents in 1976.

Dr. Steller was preceded in death by his wife Madeline, parents, his youngest daughter Michele, and his oldest son Robert. He is survived by his daughter-in-law Patricia; daughter Kathleen; his son Frederick, Jr., and wife Carol; his daughter Susan, and husband Scott; and his son Brian, and wife Candice. Dr. Steller was the cherished grandfather of nine grandchildren: Brandon; Heather, her husband Adam; Bridget, her husband Matthew; Michael, his wife Stephanie; Lauren; Connor, his wife Kendyl; Caroline, her fiancé Daniel; Taylor, his fiancée Catherine; Elizabeth, and 8 great grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 4-8 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals 2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 9 am Thursday February 27, 2020 at St. Catharine’s Church, Spring Lake. Interment to follow at St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Sea Girt. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association 1 Union Street Suite 301 Robbinsville, NJ 08691. To send condolences to the family please visit
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Orender Family Home for Funerals
    2643 Old Bridge Road
    Manasquan, New Jersey 08736
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 9:00am
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 9:00am
    St Catharine Church
    215 Essex Avenue
    Spring Lake, New Jersey 07762
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  • Interment

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 10:15am
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 10:15am
    St Catharine Cemetery
    1100 West Chicago Blvd.
    Sea Girt, New Jersey 08750
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Dearest Kathy, Fred, Susie and Brian,

It has been many, many years since the Starkes, Suhrs and Isenschmids were your neighbors in Spring Lake, and we have nothing but the finest, happiest memories of those times. Your parents and ours were always best friends. Your father was our family doctor and took care of our grandparents, parents and us lovingly for three generations. He even stepped into the fourth generation when our firstborn, Jay, spilled hot coffee on himself one Sunday morning after a big party. I saw your father last when he gave a talk one evening at the Community Center in Spring Lake about the polio crisis we lived through in the 1950s. You can be very proud of your father's accomplishments in his professional life, but just as importantly about the fine life he lived as an American, a father and a grandfather.

When my own father announced the death of one of his parishioners in his German Lutheran Church of St. Paul in New York City he always recited a short poem that I long ago translated into English and send to you today with love and blessings from our family to yours:

What we return to earth today
Is nothing but its due;
What we have loved in life remains,
Forever part of me and you.

May God bless and keep you always safely nestled in his loving hand.

I hope one of you might read this message sometime during the observances that we will not be able to attend.

Nick Suhr

P.S Aylett and I are now happily retired and living at 2006 Yellowstone Drive, Indian Land, SC 29707-3536. Our phone number is 803-802-2029, and my email is

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