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Mt. Lebanon chiropractor volunteered master gardener skills

| Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 9:47 p.m.

Like his father before him, Dr. Leigh Steinbach was known as a caring and compassionate chiropractor, who understood his patients' needs.

"Besides the professional adjustments he made, my father took the time to carefully listen to his patients," said Anna H. Steinbach of Mt. Lebanon.

Dr. L. Leigh Steinbach of Mt. Lebanon died on Saturday, May 12, 2012, in the Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon. He was 80.

His daughter said he came from a family of chiropractors, whose reputations were known in Pittsburgh and in Dayton, Ohio, where her uncle, Albert Steinbach, had his practice. Her father authored what is considered to be a definitive book in the field, called "Spinal Balance and Spinal Hygiene," she said.

In Dr. Steinbach's desire to further his professional commitments, he joined the board of the Pittsburgh Ostomy Society, where he advised patients who underwent noncancerous surgical procedures on accessories they would require as they returned to their routines, said his daughter.

Born and raised in Squirrel Hill, Leigh Steinbach was one of three children in the family of Dr. Leo J. Steinbach and his wife, Alice Leigh Steinbach.

Following graduation from Central Catholic High School in Oakland, he attended the University of Pittsburgh and the former Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis.

Prior to completing his studies, Leigh Steinbach married Margaret Hewitt of Shadyside. They met long before, as students at St. Philomena grade school in Squirrel Hill.

"My father joined his father's practice in Oakland," said Anna Steinbach. "But in the 1960s, he established his own practice in the Kenmawr Apartments in Shadyside, where he practiced for almost 40 years."

While Dr. Steinbach was attending Central Catholic, he fed chickens and milked cows at his father's log cabin on a small farm in Allison Park. "And he made extra money by doing chores on a neighbor's farm," she said.

She attributed the time her father spent on the farm to his interest in gardening as he grew older.

"Dad completed a nine-month master gardeners training program, where he was required to spend 40 hours gardening. He volunteered at the Pittsburgh Civic Garden Center and assisted with the beautification of Mt. Lebanon public garden plots and the Mt. Lebanon Library," she said.

In addition to his daughter, Anna, Dr. Steinbach is survived by his sisters, Virginia S. Starr of Edgewood and Sylvia S. Chauvin of Baton Rouge, La. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret.

Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon. Entombment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.

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