Steger, Brother Damian


Saint Mary’s community mourns passing of Brother Damian Steger, FSC ’58, M ’90

Long-time administrator of Saint Mary’s Press, Brother Damian Steger, FSC ’58, M’90, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at St. Anne Extended Health Care in Winona. He was 79.

A De La Salle Christian Brother for 61 years, he was born Thomas Martin Steger on Feb. 24, 1936, in St. Louis, Mo., to John and Mary Elizabeth (Drumm) Steger.

He graduated from Cretin High School in St. Paul, Minn., and obtained a B.A. in business from Saint Mary’s University. He entered the novitiate of the Christian Brothers in 1954 in Glencoe, Mo., and pronounced his first vows in 1955 and his perpetual vows in 1961. He later earned a M.A. in management from Saint Mary’s in 1990.

Prior to his retirement in 2009, Brother Damian worked for Saint Mary’s Press for more than 50 years. He began working at Saint Mary’s Press as a pressman in 1958 and held a variety of positions. In 1974, he was asked to serve as the organization’s second president, a position he held for 27 years. He also served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Corporation.

While he worked at the press, he served as a hall director at Saint Mary’s University for several years, mentoring college students who share fond memories. He lived in several Christian Brothers communities in Winona over the years.

He also served on the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees from 1984-94 and was also on the board of trustees and the finance committee at Lewis University in Illinois. And he served on the Christian Brothers Midwest District Finance Committee from 1995 to 2012.

Survivors include brothers, John “Jack” (Nan) of White Bear Lake, Minn., James (Mary, now deceased) of Albuquerque, N.M., and Joseph (Karen) Steger of Roseville, Minn.; nieces and nephews; and the De La Salle Christian Brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Richard “Father Francis” Steger.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Saint Thomas More Chapel, located on Saint Mary’s University’s Winona campus. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Interment will be at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Winona.

Memorials may be directed to the Brother Alphonsus Pluth Scholarship, c/o Megan Sadowski, Saint Mary’s University, 700 Terrace Heights #21, Winona, Minn., 55987.

Online condolences or memories may be left for Br. Damian at

Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

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