Helen Lorene Morse Steinel Hare
1887 - 1976
Helen Morse, a singer, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on January 5, 1987. She married Irving Steinel, a pianist and organist, on January 4, 1913. Following his graduation from the collegiate course at Washington Missionary College, now Columbia Union College, in 1915, they spent a year at South Lancaster Academy in Massachusetts and then traveled to the Philippines, where he was in charge of starting and developing the educational work and she assisted by teaching music classes, serving as matron for the girls’ dormitory, and overseeing the embroidery department, a major vocational program at the school.
In their six years there, he and three other Americans started Philippine Seventh-day Adventist Academy, now Adventist University of the Philippines, in 1917. At the end of six successful years in the Philippines, the Steinels returned to the States in 1922 and resided at Emmanuel Missionary College, now Andrews University.
Beginning in that same year, they participated as musicians in annual meetings of the General Conference, he serving as official pianist and she as a soloist. They were participants in the 1941 General Conference Session, the largest meeting of its type to that time.
The Steinels worked at the Glendale Hospital in California after leaving EMC in the mid-1920s and taught music in their Glendale home for twenty years, until his death on December 20, 1945. Helen then taught music at Hawaiian Mission Academy in Honolulu and at Monterey Bay Academy in California. She married Milton M. Hare on July 26, 1955 and they were living in Santa Clara, California when died on April 6, 1976. Helen was living in San Jose, California, when she died on August 7, 1976, twenty-one years later, at age 89.
Sources: The Philippine Adventist University website; R&H, 31 August 1916, 19 October 1916, 12 June 1922, 30 May 1930, 4 June 1936, 10 June 1941; PUR, 16 September 1976; Irving Arthur Steinel, California Biographical Index Cards, 1781-1990; Ancestry.com; Helen Morse, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records and Indexes, 1810-1973; “75-50-25 Years Ago,” 1921, Review and Herald, 1921, November 28, 1946, 2; Review and Herald, April 28, 1921, 18; The December 1-15 Asiatic Division Outlook, pg. 6 refers to the work done by Helen; Helen Morse Steinel Hare obituary, Review and Herald, September 16, 1976, 23.