Barbara Steinke, owner of a real estate management firm, died Sunday at age 74.
Barbara Steinke, owner of a real estate management firm, died Sunday at age 74. (/ HANDOUT)

Barbara F. Steinke, former owner of a real estate management firm who enjoyed traveling and sailing, died Sunday from lung cancer at her Canton home. She was 74.

The daughter of George Fisher, owner of Triangle Luggage Co., and Anne Rosen Fisher, a businesswoman, the former Barbara Lee Fisher was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington.


After graduating from Forest Park High School, Ms. Steinke obtained a bachelor's degree in education in 1964 from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1974, she received a master's degree in special education from what is now Loyola University Maryland.

She worked as a special education teacher for Shippensburg, Pa., public schools before joining Baltimore County public schools in 1978.

In 1978 she married Richard J. Steinke.

In 1981, Ms. Steinke left education and took over Fisher Real Estate, her parent's real estate management company, which oversaw properties in Mount Vernon and Charles Village. She expanded and operated it until 2006, when she sold it.

Ms. Steinke, an avid sailor, enjoyed sailing in the Chesapeake Bay and Caribbean. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband, journeying from China to Europe to South America and Africa.

A former Pimlico Road resident, she moved to Canton a decade ago. She was a longtime volunteer with Planned Parenthood and had been a board member for many years of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). She was a founding member of the American Visionary Art Museum and enjoyed attending the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Center Stage.

She was a talented artist who specialized in ceramic sculpture, and also was a collector of ceramic and art glass. Later in life, she joined the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she took classes and created pieces.

She was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

Funeral services for Ms. Steinke will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to her husband, a retired state deputy superintendent for school improvement, Ms. Steinke is survived by four daughters: Lynn Radbill Crosby of Towson; Rachel Steinke Bethard of Prairie, Kan.; Renee Radbill Keats of Highland Park, Ill., and Gretchen Steinke Micio of Seneca Falls, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.

-- Frederick N. Rasmussen