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Marshall James Steele,
Marshall James Steele, formerly of Jenningsville, PA, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Palm Bay, FL on Monday, March 14, 2011. Born on April 3, 1927, he was the son of the late Melvin and Irene Steele in Shickshinny, PA.
He was a proud veteran and honorably served his nation during WWII in Germany as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He then met and married Helen Pekar of Larksville and raised seven children. Helen passed away in 1967, which prompted him to take early retirement from the Ford Motor Company in NJ. He then moved to Jenningsville and became employed by Procter & Gamble. It was at this time he married his second wife, Hannah Williams Grow. Several years later they divorced and he met and then later married Annette Cooper from Camptown.
They relocated to the Sunshine State in 1988 to Brevard County, where he enjoyed his retirement. In his free time, he loved raising award-winning orchids, tending to his yard and square dancing. In 2000 he lost Annette to Alzheimer's disease after being at her side and keeping her at home.
Marshall then attended bereavement sessions for several months and met the love of his life, Walda Whiteley. They were inseparable. Walda later cared for Marshall during the past two years as he also lost his battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Survivors include his significant other, Walda Whiteley; his two sons, Gary (Bernadette) of Larksville and Glenn of Forkston; daughter, Deborah Frederick (Tom) of Wyalusing; extended family, Philip Whiteley and Karin Nunes (Robert) of Palm Bay, FL; sister, Evelyn McKelvy (George) of Hershey; many adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his trusted, faithful dog, Pepe.
Marshall was predeceased by his first wife, Helen Pekar Steele; his third wife, Annette Cooper Steele; sons, Terry, Richard, James and daughter, Denise.
A private graveside Celebration of Marshall's Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Alzheimer's Association of your choice in Marshall's memory.
Condolences can be expressed at www.davisseawinds.com.