Ralph J. Steria

June 19, 2012  

GLENFIELD, N.Y.    Ralph J. Steria, 57, passed away at his home on Monday, June 18, at his home on the Pine Grove Road while under the care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.

Born Aug. 17, 1954, in Lowville, a son of Harold and Doris Roggie Steria, he graduated from Lowville Academy. 

After graduation, he went to work at Fiber Mark for over 40 years where he received his electrical certification. 

He married Laurie Mowers on Oct. 16, 1993, at the home of his parents with Rose Spann, officiating.

Mr. Steria achieved the rank of Fourth Degree Black Belt and in 2007 was promoted to chief instructor. Among his other achievements, he was a coach for the junior demonstration team for several years; assisted with the Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics School and was instrumental in the growth of the youth and adult karate programs in the Northeast and Ontario, Canada all under the American Kang Duk Won Karate Club.

He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing and an excellent marksman and spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife, Laurie; a son, Adam, Glenfield; a daughter and her husband, Nichole and Bob Workman, Carthage; his mother, Doris, Lowville; two brothers, Richard Steria and companion, Barbara Page, Hinsdale, N.H.; Ronald and Patricia Steria, Lowville; two sisters, Ruth (Sue) Wilkerson, Walden, and Rose and Edward Carpenter, Dexter; a sister-in-law, Patricia Steria, Boonville; three grandchildren, Travis, Haliegh and Collin and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A son, Christopher, his father, Harold, and two brothers, Randall and Robert Steria, all died before him.

Funeral services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 22, at Sundquist Funeral Home with Rev. Evan Zehr officiating. Burial will be in Beaches Bridge Cemetery.

Family and friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the funeral home.

Memorials in Ralphs name may be made to: Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367 or to the Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Condolences may be made on the online guest book at

Information provided by Sundquist Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.