Alta Steinke

Alta May Steinke (Zentner)

Wednesday, September 28th, 1927 - Saturday, August 29th, 2020
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Alta May Steinke, age 92 of Janesville and formerly of Orlando, FL, died on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Mercyhealth Hospital & Trauma Center. She was born in Janesville on September 28, 1927, the daughter of the late Alva H. and May F. (Hall) Zentner. Alta graduated from Janesville High School in 1945 and later married Donald E. Steinke on April 10, 1948. He predeceased her on November 9, 1995.
In her younger years, Alta worked at Parker Pen and the Janesville Gazette. After moving to Florida in 1981, she worked at SeaWorld Orlando for many years, and retired at the age of 90 as a driver for Manheim Auto Auction. She also enjoyed traveling, playing bingo, and her many trips to the casinos. Alta was an adventurous woman, who at the age of 80 went skydiving, and she also was a “movie star,” playing an extra in Jaws III. For many years, Alta was an Auxiliary member of the VFW, American Legion, and Moose Lodge. Alta was a very loving, caring, kind and sweet lady to everyone she met. If you met her, you could never forget her. Alta was a 42-year cancer survivor, and a very resilient and outgoing person, who would never turn down a challenge. Alta met her best friend “Doovey” (Golden Doodle) at the age of 80, who gave her the greatest joy for eleven years.
She is survived by her children: Thomas (Suzanne Rudnitzki) Steinke of Janesville, Steve Steinke of Leavenworth, WA, Jeff (Karri Felton) Steinke of Janesville, Donna (Ralph) Benedict of Janesville, Suzanne Hamilton of Janesville, and Tamie (Randy) Shoener of Orlando, FL; 15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and two more on the way. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in her death by her two sisters: Joyce Anderson and Eunice Merrick, daughter-in-law: Gail Kessinger-Steinke; and son-in-law: Mark Hamilton.
A Celebration honoring Alta’s amazing life will be held at a later date. Please visit to send condolences to the family. The Whitcomb – Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family.
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Priscilla Wescott Collette

Posted at 09:59am
I had not seen your mom for many years, when the I saw her picture I was not surprised to see that same huge smile. That's how I remember her, and her laughter! I am not surprised by the many fun things she did in her lifetime.
Our parents were good friends when we were growing up, Rollie & Bev Hanson Wescott, as a matter of fact your mom and dad were my God parents.
Our mom just passed Aug 18th at the grand old age of 92 and I'm sure they are having some good laughs up there!!
My condolences to all of you, and God Bless.
Priscilla Wescott Collette

John Wixom

Posted at 08:02am
Tom, just wanted to pass along my condolences. It’s never easy to lose anyone, but especially your Mom! It appears you have blessed with many years of great memories! Hope all is well. Wix

mike gunn

Posted at 11:08am
Steve And family sorry to here of your loss mike gunn

Jim & Barb Kilmer

Posted at 01:52pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Carrie Marsh

Posted at 09:33am
Sorry for your loss Suzanne and family. What a full life she lived. I can still remember her distinct voice. When I see her picture, WOW the apple doesn't fall far from the about the spitting image Suzanne :)
Carrie (Jacowski) Marsh

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