William Steele, 81, of Elmira, N.Y., died on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 following a lengthy illness.He was born on March 24, 1931 in St. Marys, the son of the late James H. and Barbara (Swack) Steele.Bill grew up in St. Marys and attended the St. Marys area schools. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He worked at Modern Dairy and later at Stackpole Carbon Company. Later, he moved to Elmira, N.Y., where he lived and eventually died.He is survived by his current wife, Ginger Steele, and several children: Kathy (Ronald) Ayers of Ulster, Pa., Steve and his wife Mary (Kopp) Steele of St. Marys; Rita Steele of Elmira, N.Y., and Eugene Steele of Elmira, N.Y. He is also survived by his sister, Rita M. Steele of St. Marys.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant sister, Evelyn June Steele, who died at birth.Funeral services for William Steele will be held in a private ceremony on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013in Elmira, N.Y.