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2013-01-10

Deacon Robert Stein

1941-2013

On Thursday, Jan. 3, Deacon Robert Stein unexpectedly, but peacefully, passed into the arms of his eternal Father. He was born on Jan. 29, 1941 in Bandera, the son of Robert and Hedwig Stein, also of Bandera.
Deacon Bobby attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Bandera and high school at St. John's Seminary in San Antonio. He attended four years at Assumption Seminary. In 1969, Deacon Bobby received his BA degree from St. Mary's University. He began his teaching career at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Bandera, where he taught third and fourth grades the until the school closed in 1968.
Deacon Bobby spent the next 30 years teaching world history, world geography, English, Latin I and II, and also working with the gifted-talented program at Bandera High School.
In August of 2000, he began studying for the Deaconate and was ordained a Permanent Deacon on June 11, 2004, at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in San Antonio by Bishop Thomas J. Flanagan.
As a lifelong member of Bandera's St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, he faithfully served as Deacon to masses throughout the year. His life was spent in the spiritual pursuit of eternal happiness. With true reverence and piety, Deacon Bobby recited the Holy Rosary for funerals, coordinated the Christmas Nativity scene and participated in all functions for the entirety of his life. He was a member of the Parish Council, Knights of Columbus and historical committee.
Deacon Bobby also taught an adult catechism class, as well as a Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) class for those interested in converting to Catholicism.
In 2005, he authored a fact-based historical account of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and its founders from 1855 to 2005, entitled the "150 Year Commemorative History." His family descended from the original pioneer founders of the Parish.
Deacon Bobby's love for God was evident in every task he encountered as he lived a life of self-sacrifice and deep devotion without complaint.
On Tuesday, Jan. 1, during the celebration of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he unknowingly recited his last Homily on the virtues of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. As always, his depth and perception of the spiritual realm gave insight to those who were blessed at hearing his words.
Deacon Bobby was loved and admired by all who knew him and he will be profoundly missed.
He is survived by a lovingly devoted sister, Mary Stein, with whom he shared a home and business, Stein's of Bandera; sisters-in-law, Linda Stein and Claudia Stein; nephews, James, Patrick and Matthew; and niece Priscilla.
Deacon Bobby was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Hedwig Stein; brothers, Jimmy Stein and Louis Stein; and sister Rita Stein.
A rosary was held Sunday, Jan. 6, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Funeral service took place Monday, Jan. 7, also at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, with burial following at the Old Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church Building Fund.
Condolences may be sent to the family at by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.