Leonard Steinbrueck


Leonard Steinbrueck died April 2 at the age of 83. The Steinbruecks were longtime residents of Malibu and now reside in Oxnard.

Steinbrueck was born in Detroit, Mich. on Feb. 9, 1927. He and Muriel, his wife of more than 58 years, were married Aug. 11, 1951 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the University of Michigan with his architecture and engineering degree in 1950. He also served in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves until 1957. In 1952 he was stationed in Sacramento at Mather Air Force Base, where he and Muriel started their family. They have lived in Los Angeles since 1953.

Steinbrueck had architectural, structural engineering, general contractor and real estate licenses in California. He also had a master’s degree in education and teaching credentials. He taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District and Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District.

Steinbrueck founded his own architectural firm, which designed many buildings in the Los Angeles area, including the UCLA Lutheran Chapel and many homes in Malibu with his daughter, Karen.

Steinbrueck enjoyed reading, education, architectural and home renovation, which he did throughout his life. He enjoyed his four grandchildren and was always involved in their lives. Later in life, he had the pleasure of holding his great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Muriel; sister Mildred Steinbrueck; daughters Karen Dianella and Janice Vicioso; grandchildren Christopher with wife Emily; Michael; Kimberly with husband Blake; and Matthew; great grandchildren Audrey, Abigail, Madelyn and Courtney, who is due to arrive in June.

Steinbrueck “will be greatly missed by all his family and many friends,” loved ones said in a written statement. “He will live on in our hearts and through the legacy he has left behind.”

A memorial service is scheduled to take place May 29 at 2 p.m. at the Steinbrueck home in Oxnard.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Saint John’s Health Care Foundation, memo for the Palliative Care Unit, 1600 North Rose Ave., Oxnard, CA 93030.