Family was a priority for Paul Steinweg Sr., his wife, Jean Steinweg, said.
The couple, who would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 23, raised three, daughters Brenda, Linda and Sherry and one son Paul Jr.
They have 14 grandchildren.
An annual fall tradition for the Steinweg’s was a trip with their grandchildren to Bengston’s Pumpkin farm in Homer Glen. Steinweg liked visiting his children and grandchildren, sharing his stories about growing up in Germany in their classrooms and sharing his love of vegetable gardening with them.
“Paul was an avid vegetable gardener and he looked forward to planting his garden each year,” his wife said.
Steinweg, 75, of Lansing, was a member of American Legion Post 697. His other hobbies were stamp and coin collecting and watching action and war stories.
Born in Berlin, Germany, Steinweg immigrated to the United States in 1957 at age 19. Until he was drafted into the U.S. Army at age 21, Steinweg was employed by Brinks Security where he worked on the company’s money counting machines.
Stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Steinweg was an airplane mechanic. Leavenworth is where he and Jean met by chance as she was walking with some girlfriends.
He again worked at Brinks for four years after completing his military service, Jean Steinweg said.
After Brinks, Steinweg was a machinist and built conveyors for the food industry.
She said her husband donated his body to medical science through the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois to aid others, especially young people, by scientific research.