Jan. 9, 1921 – Feb. 7, 2013
Heinz-Josef Steiniger, a retired master goldsmith, died Thursday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital Hospice following a short illness. The Buffalo resident was 92.
Born in Bottrop, Germany, in the Ruhr Valley, Mr. Steiniger grew up in Bremen, Germany.
He became a master goldsmith in 1948 in Bremen.
In 1953, he moved to Buffalo to work for the John Ullenberg Jewelry Manufacturing Co. as a model maker. He moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., a few years later when the company relocated.
In 1957, he moved back to Buffalo, where he opened his own jewelry shop, Steiniger Jewelers.
There, he repaired jewelry for various stores throughout Western and Central New York. He also created custom-made jewelry.
In 1977, Mr. Steiniger opened the Village Goldsmith of Williamsville, where he specialized in custom-made jewelry and hand engraving. He retired in 2006.
He also helped to train many skilled jewelers over the years.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he taught hand engraving and diamond setting at Buffalo State College.
Mr. Steiniger was a member of the Nickel City Runners, the Youngstown Yacht Club, Buffalo Choral Arts and St. Joseph University Church Choir.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Erika Wiegand; three daughters, Barbara Gerkmann, Mare, and Erika Noreck; and two sons, Hans and Joseph.
Prayers will be said at 10 a.m. Friday in John E. Roberts Funeral Home, 280 Grover Cleveland Highway, Amherst, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.