Obituaries

 Obituaries 
Bruce Ehly   09/28/1940 – 08/15/2016
Bruce Ehly began his interest in antique stein collecting when his wife, Joy, gave him his first Mettlach stein in 1970, the first Christmas of their marriage while living at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.LCOL Ehly served the Air Force with distinction as a pilot for 27 years earning many medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He loved antique steins, art glass, Tiffany & his huge toy lead soldiers collection. Bruce died peacefully on August 15, 2016 and, the VA has acknowledged, as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange which defoliated the primitive air strips upon which he landed his C-130 in Vietnam. His presence will be forever missed.
Ralph Joyce   12/14/1949 – 06/17/2018
of Weare, NH and North Andover, MA, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of June 17, 2018.  As a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Suffolk University Law School, he established a law practice in his hometown of North Andover. His professional life included service to the town of North Andover as a Selectman and as Town Attorney. He was a longtime member of Stein Collectors International and past president of the New England Steiner’s chapter. He greatly enjoyed traveling to their auctions and events, occasionally contributing an article to the membership publication Prosit, but mostly he enjoyed the community and camaraderie of the many friends he made. Ralph enjoyed spending time on his boat, spirited conversation, and had a kind and gentle heart.
Spencer Guay    09/02/1987 – 02/21/2018
With deep sadness we report the loss of our dear Erste Gruppe member, Spencer Guay, seen here with his mother, Vicki, at the 2017 SCI convention. We will miss Spencer, his warm greetings with hugs, and his many artistic interests and hobbies. He leaves a unique and deep vacancy in our hearts and within the Zecher membership. We send our deepest condolences to Vicki, Spencer’s mom.
Al Honeycutt, Jr.    09/08/1932 – 02/11/2018
A. L. (AL) Honeycutt, Jr. received an AB degree in history from Duke University in 1955. He continued graduate work in the field of history at Duke University and received an MA degree. In 1958, he joined the staff of the North Carolina Department of Archives and History and was responsible for the development of the Alamance Battleground and Fort Fisher State Historic Sites. From 1963 to 2002, Mr. Honeycutt served as restoration supervisor with the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, working on restoration projects throughout the state including the State Capitol, the Executive Mansion, and a number of important house museums. His work resulted in multiple recognition awards, and upon his retirement in 2002 Governor Mike Easley conferred upon him The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.After his retirement from state government, he engaged full time in his avocation of antiques, exhibiting at antique shows and malls in the Carolina’s and Virginia. He was a member of the Order of the First Families of North Carolina, Edenton Historical Commission, Stein Collectors International, Carolina Steiners and Sertoma Club of Raleigh. Until recent years he was a regular attendee at SCI conventions with his friend, John Lacy Kelly.
Erna Bahr
Bahr, Erna Marie (Nee Kotzian) Former resident of Wauwatosa. Passed away Nov 19, 2017 age 80. Lovingly survived by her husband of 57 years, Henry “Hank” Bahr, longtime member of Stein Collectors International.
Robert D. Wilson      1929 – 2017
Bob Wilson appeared with his wife, Colette, at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA). Bob was the ultimate researcher, and his meticulous attention to detail earned him the affectionate title of “Mr. Mettlach.” The Museum recently announced the Robert and Colette Wilson Lecture Fund.”The Robert and Colette Wilson Lecture Fund has been established by the board of directors of the American Museum of Ceramic Art to celebrate the life of Robert Wilson (1929-2017).  Bob (aka “Mr. Mettlach”) and his late wife Colette generously supported AMOCA with a historic gift of their momentous collections of Villeroy & Boch Mettlach and Royal Worcester ceramic wares as well as significant monetary donations from 2010 and continuing.”The Fund will support educational lectures at the Museum in the field of ceramics. Charitable donations may be mailed to AMOCA, 399 N. Garey Avenue, Pomona, CA 91767 (please reference Wilson Lecture Fund) or click here to make a donation online.”
Bernard “Bunny” Harrison      October 25, 2017
Bunny Harrison, of Slaugham, West Sussex, England, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2017, following a short stay at Maplehurst Nursing Home in Haywards Heath, from general weakness and old age after a recurrence of prostate cancer.

David Gensicke      April 20, 1934 to September 8, 2017
David J. Gensicke, 83, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Hospice Alliance Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on April 20, 1934, he was the son of the late Everett L. and Marjorie E. (Miller) Gensicke. He attended schools in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin before graduating from Waukesha High School in 1952. He went on to graduate from UW-Madison in 1956 with a BBA Degree and was also a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.David served in the United Sates Army from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1958.David was a member of SCI (Stein Collectors International), member and past president of die Lustigen Steinjaeger von Wisconsin (Jolly Stein Hunters of Wisconsin). He enjoyed collecting antique German beer steins, gardening, bicycling and rooting for the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers.

Milton Schnitzlein      July 9, 1925 to April 21, 2017
It is with sadness that we announce the death of SCI member Milton Schnitzlein following a severe stroke. Affectionately know as “Milt” (and sometimes “Uncle Miltie”) he was a devoted husband and beer stein enthusiast. SCI Member No. 44, Milt was a charter member of the Gambrinus Stein Club and mentored countless stein collectors across the Mid-Atlantic. He and his wife Shirley hosted numerous chapter meetings in their home or in a local restaurant, especially if Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs or Maryland Crab Cakes were on the menu. Also a member of the Pennsylvania Keysteiners, Milt relished learning and sharing information about steins.Milt served as a Radioman with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.  Radioman Milt received, decoded, and relayed communications between Allied ships during the battles of Guam and Okinawa.  After the war, Milt became a lead inspector of quarry conveyer belts across his home state of Maryland.Milt loved antiquing with his wife Shirley.  Together, they logged over 70,000 miles scouring Maryland and its shores for steins for over 58 years until Shirley’s death in 2009.Milt has been buried next to his wife Shirley at the St. Michael Lutheran Cemetery in Baltimore. He was greatly helped during his last months by the members of the church.

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William (Bill) Mitchell      June 2, 1934 to June 22, 2016
Bill Mitchell, age 82, passed away June 22, 2016, after a long illness, at the Villages of Nazareth Living Center in St Louis. He was buried with full military honors at the Jefferson Barracks Military Cemetery, also in St. Louis. He was preceded by his wife Lillian in 2014 and is survived by his niece, Vivian Powell.  Bill was an active member of the St Louis Gateway Steiners for many years and enjoyed mentoring new collectors. As an overzealous new member, I remember  Bill telling  me, “Martin,  there  are  more steins  in the  world  than  you  have money.”  Sadly, how true. Bill and Lillian were famous for the bountiful feasts they provided during meetings at their house. During his many years with SCI Bill served as its president in 1988 and chaired the SCI convention that year as well as co-chairing two SCI mini-conventions. His passion was steins and lithographs from the pre-prohibition St Louis breweries. He loved to point to a lithograph on his wall and say “the Anheuser Busch Brewery museum doesn’t have that one!”  He will be missed by his many friends.

Stephen L. Smith      September 4, 1940 to February 12, 2016
Steve joined the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in 1964 and worked his way up the ranks over 34 years of professional service to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief/Chief Fire Marshal and retired in 1988. During his years with the Fire Department and  continuing into retirement, Steve also pursued his passion for history by collecting antiques, especially historical vessels “From Which to Drink,” building a body of knowledge in which his expertise was sought after from all over the world.

Steve’s expertise in the field of drinking vessels and his willingness to share his knowledge with other collectors earned him the Master Steinologist Award from Stein Collectors International in 1987. Steve was truly passionate about sharing his knowledge with his fellow collectors, and he was a frequent speaker at chapter meetings, never missing an opportunity to learn something new himself. He has continued to be an ambassador for the hobby of stein collecting, publishing his web site “Steve on Steins.”

Jack G. Lowenstein      March 19, 1927 to November 14, 1993
Editor of Prosit 1978-1993; Executive Secretary 1978-1987
Master Steinologist and recipient of the Jack Heimann Service Award

Stein Collectors International has lost one of the finest members it has ever had. Jack lost his last battle with ALS (amniolateralsclerosis) after a valiant effort. His generous spirit will always be remembered by those who knew him. When he had to retire as Prosit Editor, SCI gave him a $1000 honorarium for all of the fine work he had done over so many years. In true tradition Jack, and his wife Netty, decided to turn that honorarium over to the SCI Research Library and Archives for the purchase of educational books and tapes.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Jack emigrated to the United States in 1939, landing in New York. That emigration began his life-long love affair with the U.S. We can all remember his admonitions to us about how proud we should be to be Americans. Of course, this was always tempered by at least one or two great jokes! Jack found stein collecting passion and his alter ego in the Münchner Kindl, or Munich Child. That theme formed the basis for his collection, and he loved to dress in costume at SCI conventions, where the beer, the Gemütlichkeit and the friendship all flowed liberally.

Jack graduated from Pratt Institute as a Chemical Engineer and received his Masters degree from the University of Maryland. One of his lifelong dreams was recently fulfilled when he received his Fellowship in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Jack retired this past year as Facility Director of FMC in Princeton, New Jersey.

A great lover of opera and classical music, he and Netty shared their enjoyment of many con¬certs, and model railroading was another of his myriad hobbies. He was a Lt. Cdr. in the Naval Reserves and volunteered in the American Red Cross and the New Jersey State Museum, among other diversified charities and interests.

Jack leaves to mourn his passing, and to celebrate his extraordinary life, his wife of 43 years, Netty; his sons, Dwayne (Carol); Dr. Daniel (Milo); and his daughter Vivian, along with his loving and beloved grandchildren David, Alex, Stefan and Mira.

SCI shall miss his warmth and caring, his expertise, his encouragement and his wonderful sense of humor. Rest in peace, dear friend. It was a pleasure to know you and we shall miss you beyond words.