My husband had (and still has) a very successful steel manufacturing company when I first met him.  His last name was Heitzman.  The name was given to him when he was adopted by his horrible step dad, so he had no emotional connection with his last name.  His father’s last name was Piazza, but because he left his mom & their 6 children when my husband was 4, he never liked that name either.  Seeing as my husband really wanted to have his future sons to carry his last name and his legacy, a last name was very important to him.  So he decided to make his last name that of his trade: steel.  But he didn’t want to be pretentious so we decided to put an “H” in there! Our last name is Stehl and it is pronounced “steel”.


(Did you miss part 1 of the Stehl’s Real Marriage story?  Read it here…they fell in love in China!)


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