Walter J. Steffens Sr., 73, banker, fly fisherman

May 15, 2004

Walter J. Steffens Sr., a retired banker and avid fly fisherman, died Wednesday of cancer at his Catonsville home. He was 73.

Mr. Steffens, a son of German immigrants, was born at home on South Augusta Avenue in Irvington. He was a 1949 graduate of City College and attended Baltimore Junior College.

Mr. Steffens worked for several years for Dun & Bradstreet before joining Equitable Trust Co. in 1958. He later managed branches in Highlandtown and Arbutus before retiring in 1983.

He was a field auditor for the state Office of Unemployment Insurance for several years before retiring a second time in 1997.

It was while working at Dillon's Tackle Shop in Baltimore in the late 1940s that Mr. Steffens developed what grew into a lifelong interest in fly fishing. He tied his own ties for both saltwater and freshwater and was a member of the Brotherhood of the Junglecock, a fly fishing organization.

He also carved and painted duck decoys and was a member of Ducks Unlimited.

Mr. Steffens was a member of the Patapsco Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Exchange Club of Highlandtown.

He was a longtime communicant of St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Ave., Catonsville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Mr. Steffens is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Ann L. Harmon; three sons, Walter J. Steffens Jr. of Chestertown, Patrick B. Steffens of Westminster and Thomas J.Q. Steffens of Columbia; two daughters, Mary Fran Bach of Manchester and Lorie Theisen of Severna Park; and 12 grandchildren.

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