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Cook's zest, love of life set example for family

| Saturday, July 5, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Trina A. Steele, 56, of North Huntingdon, who died July 1, 2014.

During her 10-year battle with chronic pancreatitis, Trina Steele felt life was too short to hold grudges.

“With her being sick like that ... she felt that there's no reason for being upset,” said her husband of 36 years, Patrick Steele.

Trina A. Steele of North Huntingdon died from pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in her home. She was 56.

“She enjoyed life — that's for sure — the best that she could,” Steele said.

Mrs. Steele's disease often hindered her from being active, but when she was able, she enjoyed playing cards, working in the yard and cooking. She dabbled in crafts, such as knitting and paint by number kits.

“Her two biggest things she loved to do were gardening, like flowers or vegetables, and cooking,” said Steele. “She loved cooking. You name it, she'd cook it.”

Spaghetti, stuffed peppers and lasagna were some of Mrs. Steele's specialties, her husband said. Before falling ill, she worked as a cook for the former Lincoln Inn in Greensburg, he said.

Animals brought Mrs. Steele joy. Her 10-year-old beagle Scooby was her best friend, Steele said.

“At one time, I remember we had three dogs, two cats, a bird, fish and a guinea pig,” he said.

Mrs. Steele first caught her husband's eye while she was dating his brother.

“I looked at her, and I told my buddy, ‘You know what, I'm going to marry her someday,'” Steele said.

Mrs. Steele's bright smile, zest for life and big heart left an impression on Steele.

“I can remember one time, we went out shopping and she bought a top,” he said. “She had to have it, and when we got home there was a friend of hers that said, ‘That's a pretty top,' and Trina gave it to her.”

“That was my wife's way,” he said. “She loved to make people happy.”

Mrs. Steele's sister, Ethel Linsenbigler of Jeannette, said Mrs. Steele taught her to take life one day at a time.

“I appreciate what I have,” Linsenbigler said. “I worry about tomorrow when it comes.”

In addition to her husband and sister, Mrs. Steele is survived by her parents William and Ethel White Noble, grandfather Eugene Zanotelli, daughter Vanessa Steele, brother William S. Noble Jr. and sister Lisa Noble Ocheltree.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday in Casina George, 188 Burrell Hill Road, Penn. Arrangements are being handled by Saloom Peterson Funeral Home in Youngwood. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Via Quest Hospice, 614 Park Ave., Monongahela, PA 15063.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or nchynoweth@tribweb.com.

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