• Donald E. Steere
    January 02,2014
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    Donald E. Steere

    RUTLAND TOWN — Donald Edward Steere, 80, of Rutland Town, died December 26, 2013, at his residence. He was born January 19, 1933, in Springfield, Mass., the son of Edward and Cecile (Badone) Steere.

    Mr. Steere graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., Class of 1955, and was a member of the Mounted Cavalry.

    He was a U.S. Army veteran.

    Mr. Steere was a member of the Rutland Lions Club, Shriners and a Boy Scout leader.

    An independent insurance broker for Nationwide Insurance, he owned the Steere Agency in Rutland Town.

    He was a private pilot, scuba diver instructor, skier and sailor as captain of his own boat.

    Mr. Steere was a member of Grace Congregational United Church of Christ.

    Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Gretchen (Giemza) Steere of Rutland Town; stepsons, Russell Sholes III and wife, Deanna, of Rutland and Courtland Sholes and wife, Yvonne, of Singapore; grandchildren, Chloe, Connor and Torin; a cousin, Carl Pozzani of Wash.; brothers-in-law, John Giemza, Christopher Giemza, Gregory Giemza and wife, Brandy, Thomas Giemza and Leonard Sampson; and several nieces and nephews.

    He was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Nancy Sampson.

    The funeral service will be held Friday, January 3, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Grace Congregational United Church of Christ, with the Rev. John C. Weatherhogg, senior minister, officiating.

    Friends may gather from 2-3 p.m. in the Church Parlor, prior to the service on Friday.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ADA Camp Carefree, PO Box 66211, Auburndale, MA 02466; or The ALS Association, Development Dept., 27001 Agoura Road-Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301 or ALSA.org.

    Arrangements are under the direction of Tossing Funeral Home.
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