HAMMONDSPORT, NY - Steven M. Dreiling, 67, passed from this life on April 7, 2020, due to complications from the COVID-19 virus. Steve was born on November 24, 1952, in Salina Kansas to Gerard and Coletta Dreiling.
He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Kenneth Dreiling.
Steve is survived by his devoted wife, Laura M. Opelt; daughter, Dr. Bethany and Dr. Ryan Buryta, grandson, Jay Buryta (8) and granddaughter, Lia Buryta (5); Tyler Allen Buryta (4 mons.) step-daughter, Heather and Greg Mastro, granddaughter, Lidia Mastro (5) and grandson, Thomas Mastro (3); step-daughter Jamie Shaw; step-daughter Amanda and Adam Musfelt, granddaughters Anna, Aubry, and April Musfelt; Son's Chris and Casey Dreiling; and grandson Cody Dreiling. Steve is also survived by his brother Gerald and Linda Dreiling and sister Marlyn Compton; along with several nieces and nephews.
Steve was a proud US Navy Veteran, serving from 1970 - 1976 on the U.S.S. Independence. He worked for (Westinghouse) Philips Lighting and transferred to the Bath Plant in 1988 where he served as the Human Resources Manager for 17 years. In 2005, Steve transitioned to a new position with Philips, overseeing Human Resources for the distribution plants located within the US. Unfortunately, in 2006 Steve suffered a significant stroke and subsequently was unable to continue his career. Over the next 15 years Steve faced many health related challenges and obstacles and somehow persevered and never lost his sense of humor.
Steve took pleasure in cars and building models. He enjoyed sports, whether it was watching his daughters play in high school or rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs and Michigan State Spartans. He loved and enjoyed his pets and grandchildren most of all.
A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Military honors will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Salina.
It was Steve's wishes that donations, in his memory, be made to Catholic Charities of Steuben or your local Catholic Charities.
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