Otto Philip Steinhoff, 88, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010.


Interment for Otto Philip Steinhoff, 88, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at the memorial garden of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1120 Darley Road, Wilmington. A memorial service in the sanctuary will follow at 11 a.m.

Mr. Steinhoff died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, in Wilmington Hospital.

Born Dec. 16, 1921, in Philadephia, he was the son of the late O. Philip Steinhoff Sr. and Sadie Phillips Steinhoff.

A World War II veteran, he received degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. He was a music teacher at Henderson High School in West Chester, Pa., Mount Pleasant Jr. High School, Talley Jr. High School and Wilmington High School. He served as musical director for numerous productions with the Ardensingers, and as choir director the First Presbyterian Church in West Chester and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Wilmington.

Mr. Steinhoff sang many lead baritone roles with the Wilmington Opera Society, and later when it became Opera Delaware. He also did solo work with churches, synagogues, and oratorio societies throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He sang with many well-known musical directors, including Robert Elmore, Clarence Snyder and William Smith.

After his retirement from teaching in 1983, he enjoyed researching his family history, composing music, and working on his computer and Sodoku puzzles.

Mr. Steinhoff is survived by his wife of 60 years, June; two sons, Philip Steinhoff and his wife Margaret of Dover, and George Steinhoff of Newark; a daughter, Karla Steinhoff of Newark; and his beloved granddaughter, Lorraine Steinhoff of Dover.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Delaare Valley Chapter, at www.alz.org/desjsepa.