Obituary – Johanna M. Steffen

Steffen, Johanna


Crofton — Johanna M. Steffen, 106, Crofton, died Aug. 24, 2014, at Park View Haven Care Center, Coleridge.

Mass of Christian Burial was Aug. 29 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton, with the Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating.

Burial was at the St. Rose Cemetery, Crofton.

Visitation and a Vigil service were Thursday at church, and continued at the church Friday, one hour prior to services.

Pallbearers were David Wortmann, Ray Steffen, Jason Steffen, Sherry Schrader, Sara Wright and Craig Steffen.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton.

Johanna Sophie Maurgarite Steffen was born Jan. 19, 1908, in Crookston, to Jacob and Henrietta (Sauerwein) Vanderheiden. She grew up in Crookston, and attended school at the Old Rock School until she was nine years old, when she moved with her parents to Laurel, where she attended Golden Prairie School and then high school. During her senior year, Johanna’s mother became ill and required her to care for the family and work on the farm. Johanna was 33 years old when she married Gregory W. Steffen (age 31) Aug. 26, 1941, in Laurel. They lived and farmed southwest of Fordyce. In 1947, they moved to a farm three miles north of Crofton on Hwy 121. Greg died Dec. 26, 1972, at the age of 62, as a result of a farm accident. Johanna died on Greg’s birthday.

She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters of America for over 50 years. She belonged to the St. Rose Quilting Club where she made many quilts throughout the years. Johanna was known for her “big” #2 can size sugar cookies. She gardened, bowled and was an avid card player.

Johanna is survived by her six children and spouses, Francis and Carolyn Steffen, Crofton; Nancy and Richard Wortmann, Crofton; Thomas and Donna Steffen, Crofton; Kathleen and Ralph Juergens, Goodlettsville, Tenn.; Jane and Terry Wright, Star, Idaho; Ed and Arlene Steffen, Crofton; 19 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ernest Vanderheiden, Sanborn, Iowa; two sisters, Elizabeth Dickes, Wayne, and Lucina Gallagher, Liberty, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Greg; one great-grandson, Justin Andresen; great-granddaughter, Cornelia Schrader; four brothers, Jacob, Henry, Gerhart and John Vanderheiden; and one sister, Mary Kalin.