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Steven Joseph LaDuke

March 20, 1951 — October 15, 2023

Lincoln University, PA

Steven Joseph LaDuke

     Steven Joseph LaDuke, age 72, of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, passed away on October 15, 2023, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE.  He was the spouse of Renate (Hoffmann) LaDuke, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage. Born in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late Robert LaDuke and Matilda (Gossens) LaDuke.  

     Steven met his wife, Renate, while stationed in Germany for the United States Army.  He worked as a carpenter for most of his life and retired from Cheyney University as a carpenter/foreman for the college.  He served our country in the Army during the Vietnam War.  

     Steven was a man who enjoyed working with his hands and who always kept busy.  Building things was both his hobby and his income.  If he wasn’t at his day job, he was often doing side jobs for others or engaged with projects around the home he shared with Renate in Lincoln University.     

    Steven will be most remembered for his good deeds; always helping others when and where he could with his generosity of time and capital, and most importantly, his kind heart and thoughtful, caring advice.  He will also be remembered for his love of history and his deep, reflective, spiritual awareness.  

     Steven will most be missed for his dad jokes, lively political commentary, and playing his favorite music throughout the house. 

     In addition to his wife, Steven is survived by his children, Leif LaDuke of West Chester, PA; Jessica LaDuke (Luis Cabrera) of Media, PA; and Tanja LaDuke of Lincoln University, PA; his grandchildren, Michael, Ismael, Alayna, Tanaya and Rafael; his siblings, Dennis LaDuke, Janet Mooney, Suzanne Salus, and Robert LaDuke; his brothers-in-law, Rainer Hoffmann and Detlef Hoffmann, both of Germany; and his beloved dog, Bella, a basset hound-beagle mix that he and Renate adopted from Greenmore Farm during the pandemic. In addition to his parents, Steven was predeceased by one brother, Michael LaDuke.   

     Services are private.  Contributions in his memory may be made to Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue, Clonmell Upland Road, West Grove, PA 19390. 

     Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100) of Kennett Square. To view Steven’s online tribute please visit 

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