Obituary for the Rev. Isabelle Steele

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39

Reverend Isabelle Joyce Steele, age 71 of Dayton, passed away on July 11, 2020. She was born December 2, 1948 in Nassau, NY to the late Bernard F. and Isabelle V. Steele.

She is survived by her sister, Elaine Reilly Rector; brother-in-law, Al Rector; brother, Bruce O. Steele; cousin, Gail Stephens; numerous church family members and dear friends.

Rev. Steele graduated from Capital University with a Master of Divinity. She retired from the ministry after 30 years. Inspired in her ministry by the Gospel of John, she was known for her creative worship services, her beautiful singing and her lifelong devotion to the “least of these”. She had a firm devotion to justice, equality and inclusivity.

Pr. Steele served many years in the Southern Ohio Synod, including Hope Lutheran Church in Dayton and Covenant Lutheran Church in St. Paris, Ohio from which she retired in July 2015.

Services will be held at a later date.