February 2005
Volume 47 Number 2

One Tough Broad: Patricia F. Steiner -- August 20, 1949 – December 29, 2004
by Kurt C. Peterson   Pages: 

In the 14 years that Pat Steiner worked for this magazine, she managed to do just about every job at one point or another, which is, in fact, how she became the Associate Publisher of WC&P. Pat never hesitated to dig into a new challenge and never let go until she’d figured out a solution. She lived her life in precisely the same fashion.

Raised in New York State, Pat never lost the edge of her East Coast origins even though she’d called Tucson home for nearly twenty years. While her accent drew questions from many of the subscribers who phoned our office for information, she made friends with everyone she dealt with. Pat had a unique ability to diffuse the irate, which she attributed to the inherent charm of her Celtic ancestry.

As many readers will attest, Pat enjoyed a cold beer with friends and viewed strangers simply as friends yet unmet. We ask that if you raised a glass with her during her tenure here, you do so now in her memory, joining us in saluting a woman whose contributions helped make this magazine the resource it is to the industry today.

Twice victorious over breast cancer, she succumbed all too rapidly to a recurrence of that disease which was diagnosed only a month before her death. During those brief weeks, friends and family from across the country gathered to reminisce with her at home. In her last week, she was planning a trip to Hawaii with her family and beginning piano lessons. She continued to plan for a rich and happy future right up until the end.

Pat is survived by her children, her father, stepmother and siblings. In response to the many requests from our subscribers, the family advises that contributions may be made in her memory to the Carondelet Hospice of Tucson, 1802 W. St. Mary’s Road, Tucson, AZ 85745.