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Thomas “Steve” Koenigseder Obituary – Times Record

Thomas “Steve” Koenigseder

Thomas “Steve” Koenigseder, 73, of Little Rock, Arkansas, died on April 20, 2022, after a fierce battle with Parkinson’s disease. Steve was born on July 30, 1948 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank “Pete” and Mary Agnes Koenigseder, and his beloved wife, Lauretta. He is survived by his brother, Mike Koenigseder, as well as many members of his extended family and Lauretta. Steve grew up in Fort Smith, where he made many lasting friendships. He earned a business degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Steve took great pride in his career as an air traffic controller at Little Rock Airport until his retirement at the age of 56. He married Lauretta in 1977 and they shared forty-two years until his death in 2019. After his retirement, Steve and Lauretta spent more time enjoying life. They enjoyed ballroom dancing, inaugurating the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, snow skiing, extensive travel and frequent family gatherings. Every year, Steve and his family cherished his role as Santa Claus at the annual Bruning Family Christmas Party. Steve was an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Steve wanted to thank all of the special people who helped him live independently in his later years, including his sister-in-law, Diane Brown, and cousin, Barbara Bender. The three developed a special relationship while adjusting to the progressive effects of Steve’s illness. Thanks to their loving care, Steve was able to maintain his independence until the last months of his life. A Rosary will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Christian Funeral Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Guestbook online at

Posted on April 24, 2022

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