F. James "Jim" Steinwart

  • Born: March 29, 1941
  • Died: November 14, 2019
  • Location: Aurora, Illinois

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Aurora, IL 60506

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Tribute & Message From The Family

F. James "Jim" Steinwart, 78, walked into eternity with Jesus on November 14, 2019. Born in Aurora, IL on March 29, 1941, the only son of Frank H. and Dorothy (Hochsprung) Steinwart. He married his soulmate, Barbara Harkins, on June 10, 1961 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Aurora, IL.

Jim's family owned and operated Valley Maid Ice Cream in Aurora which served many independent grocers, restaurants and pharmacies throughout the Fox Valley for many years. His dream retirement job for the past 16 years was driving for Bill Jacobs BMW/MINI of Naperville where he cherished the open road daily, enjoying the people with whom he worked and the customers he served.

Jim was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Montgomery, IL, the church he loved and congregation who drew him closer to Christ where he served as a deacon and usher for many years. A humble man of simple pleasures, he treasured his family, took delight in his cars, driving, sunsets, autumn colors, clear cool lakes, his own back yard, the family cabin, fishing with his sons and friends and biking with his wife right into the last months of his life on earth.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years; two sons, James (June) Steinwart of Springfield, IL and Jeffrey (Mimi) Steinwart of Aurora; six grandchildren, Erin (Andy Swann) Steinwart, Emily (Kevin) Pierce, Natalie (fiancée Kent Brauweiler) Steinwart, Nikki Steinwart, T.J. Steinwart and Johnny Steinwart; two great grandchildren, Ryan and Raegan Swann and one sister, Ann Marie Steinwart.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Judith Steinwart.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 1233 Douglas Road, Montgomery IL 60538.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

The family wishes to thank all of the caregivers that rallied around and loved Jim; the incredible fifth floor nursing staff at Amita Mercy Hospital, the compassionate caregivers at The Bickford of Oswego, Angels Grace Hospice and all of the friends and family members that surrounded him with music, love, laughter and peace.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jeff, Mimi, Emily and family so sorry for your loss. Your family has always meant a lot to my family, whether stories from generations ago from my grandmother or mom or us knowing Emily growing up at Holy Angles.Your father whenever I would run into him or saw him on his bike ... would always be the kindest , easiest man to talk to. We need more men like him in this world, he lived each and every day with such reverence and respect naturally setting the bar quite high. It's quite an enormous loss your mom and dad... just know many people are praying for your family. Regards Jed WHITSON and family

Posted by Jed Whitson - Oswego, IL - Friend   November 23, 2019

Spent many hours together years ago. Jim was a great guy and friend. Always there if you needed him even if it was just for a good time. God bless and rest in peace.

Posted by Rich Ruffalo - Conover, WI - friend   November 23, 2019

Barb, sending my sincerest condolences to you and your fine family.

Posted by Grayal Gilkey - Aurora, IL   November 23, 2019

Jeff, Mimi and all of your families. My heartfelt condolences for your loss of both your Father and Mother at the same time. I enjoyed knowing and sharing with your Dad back in the 80's/90's in swim therapy. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that they will now continue to enjoy each other in the wonderful eternal life our Good Lord promised for each of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Don Costello, Bolingbrook

Posted by Don Costello - Bolingbrook, IL - Friend   November 22, 2019


My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your memories.

Posted by Paula    November 22, 2019

Jim was a good friend, fellow brother in Christ, and a good Christian example to follow. I hear the words of Jesus, "Well done, you good and faithful servant. ... Enter into the of your master." Matthew 25. 21. I wait a joyous reunion with Jim at the second coming of Jesus!

Posted by Clifford & Ingrid Hoper - AURORA, IL - Friend   November 20, 2019

I am so very sorry to hear of your family's loss. Thoughts and prayers and hugs.....

Posted by Nicolle Lee - North Aurora, IL - Family Friend   November 20, 2019


May all the wonderful memories you hold close to your heart bring you comfort. Thinking of you all. God Bless - Jody Post and Tim Baran :)

Posted by Jody Post - Las Vegas, NV - Family Friend   November 19, 2019

Barb & family; a dear "high school" friend I lost track of, but fondly remember and will mss.

Posted by Irv Ochsenschlager - Aurora, IL - Friend   November 18, 2019

Dear Jim and family, I'm very sorry to hear about your father's passing. I never had the pleasure of meeting him. But hiven the quality person you are, your Dad must have had a great influence on you. I hope you are comforted by wonderful memories of him.

Posted by Dave Kane - New Berlin, IL - Friend   November 18, 2019

Oh, Erin, I'm so sorry for you and all your family. Hugs and love to you all.

Posted by Nancy Swann Wyman - Colorado Springs, CO - Family   November 17, 2019

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