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Michael Steinkraus, Jr.

Posted By Jessica Twiford On January 4, 2022 @ 8:51 am In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 6 Comments

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Michael Steinkraus, Jr., age 47, of Kitty Hawk, NC, passed away, unexpectedly on December 29, 2021. Michael was born in East Meadow, NY on November 25, 1974.

Surviving family members include his father, Michael Steinkraus, Sr. and his wife Karen Steinkraus, his mother Karen Vallee Fischer and her husband, Thomas Fischer, grandmother Catherine Steinkraus, his sister Melissa Shields and her husband Scott Shields, his beloved niece and nephews Owen, Hudson, Reagan, and Ryder. Surviving aunts and uncles include Bobby and Amy Ledford, Kevin and Janine Vallee, Doreen Steinkraus who he loved like a second mother, and a stepbrother Levi Fischer and his wife Jacqueline and their son Jace. Last, but not least, his beloved dog Shorty remains faithful and playful.

Preceding Michael in death were grandparents Carl and Eileen Steinkraus and Armand and Thelma Vallee, aunts and uncles Mark Steinkraus, Jeannie Graves, and Joe Vallee.

Michael grew up in the Mastic Beach and Shirley areas of Long Island where he attended William Floyd High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army where he served as a watercraft engineer. At the time of his death, Michael was employed by Cozy Kitchens in Kitty Hawk.

Michael was known to many of his friends as Mike Steiny, and to his niece and nephews as Uncle Mikey. Uncle Mikey adored Scott and Melissa’s family and the kids were a big part of his life. Michael was active in the veterans group ECHO (Elizabeth City Hero Operation) and the VFW. Michael fought many silent battles, but unfortunately, Type 1 Diabetes could not be overcome. He was a warrior until his short life ended.

A celebration of life will be held after Covid tapers off, with date and place to be announced. At that time, we will raise our glasses one more time to salute Uncle Mikey as he leaves a legacy of respect for those who serve, love of his niece and nephews, and honesty to all those that he encountered.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.


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Condolence from Teresa Hartleben on January 4th, 2022 10:18 am

Michael will be missed. Sweet kind young man.

Teresa( Dustin’s Mom)

Condolence from Kate Matzgannis on January 4th, 2022 11:22 am

We are thinking of you all and hold you dear in our hearts. We will always remember Mike’s kindness and genuine nature. He will be so very missed.
Love, The Matzgannis Family (Kristian, Kate, Stella and Pete)

Condolence from Nathan Neal on January 6th, 2022 5:03 pm

Mikey will be missed always! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and veteran friends and family! God speed Mike!

Condolence from Dianne Narron on January 7th, 2022 9:48 am

Mike will be missed, I was greeted every morning as I entered Cozy Kitchens though the shop with “Good Morning Miss Dianne!” He had a kind heart. Prayers go out for the family.

Condolence from Jacquelin Simon on January 9th, 2022 8:52 am

May you rest in peace Mike.Always enjoyed all our talks and laughter.

Condolence from Kevin Flynn on January 9th, 2022 7:05 pm

To a good friend rest in peace

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