Mary Lee Steadman, editorial assistant

Mary Lee Steadman, who assisted her late sportswriter husband, John F. Steadman, in the production of his six books, died June 1 of dementia at St. Joseph Medical Center.

She was 83.

The daughter of a firefighter and homemaker, Mary Lee Kreafle was born in Baltimore and spent her early years near Mondawmin, before moving to Ednor Gardens when she was in the eighth grade.

She was a 1947 graduate of Catholic High School and worked for the Maryland Casualty Co. before her marriage in 1953 to John Steadman, who was then a News-Post sportswriter and was later named sports editor of the News American in 1958.

"She said she first recalled seeing John coming home from City College and he always had a newspaper under his arm, and he did that for the rest of their marriage," said his brother, Thomas F. Steadman of Ellicott City.

Mr. Steadman joined The Evening Sun after his old paper folded, and when that paper ceased publication, he joined The Baltimore Sun. He died in 2001.

Mrs. Steadman served as her husband's editorial assistant on the six sports books that he wrote.

"John established Press Box Publications Inc., and Mary Lee did all the typing, read the proofs, dealt with the Library of Congress and did all of the other paperwork that needed to be done," said Mr. Steadman.

The couple lived on Brook Road in Towson for years until moving to Stevensville. After her husband's death, Mrs. Steadman moved to the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium.

Mrs. Steadman enjoyed duckpin bowling and aerobics.

She had been a longtime communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel at Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.

In addition to her brother-in-law, Mrs. Steadman is survived by her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Steadman Fones of Greenwich, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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