Kate Steffen
November 21, 1922 - June 27, 2016

Mary Kathryn “Kate” Steffen, 93, of Oelwein passed away on Monday June 27, 2016.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 am on Friday, July 1, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Thursday June 30, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or The Oelwein Community Kitchen Cupboard.

Kate was born on November 21, 1922 at her home in Oelwein, the daughter of Jon S. and Agnes E. (Egan) Aubrey. She grew up in the Oelwein area, graduating from Sacred Heart High School in 1940. On May 19, 1945 she was united in marriage to Clarence Steffen at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein, they had two children, Susan and William.  Kate was the manager of the Sears store in Oelwein.

Kate and Clarence loved to take the kids camping to one of the many lakes in Minnesota. She enjoyed embroidering, quilting, baking, bowling and helping her sister Lucille have breakfast in the park with enough food to feed the town. In her later years she enjoyed her grandchildren, her great grandchildren and her buddy Fritz (her dog).

Kate is survived by her children: Susan (Tony) Dehl of Waterloo and William (Mary Ann) Steffen of Storm Lake; her three grandchildren: Cody and Brad Homewood and Peter DePuma; her six great grandchildren: Brandon, Harper and Holland Homewood and Emily, Grace and Ellie DePuma; her sister Margaret “Peggy” Sproull of Winthrop; her brothers: John “Gus” (Joan) Aubrey of Oelwein and Robert Aubrey of Clinton. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence (1996); her parents; her sisters Lorraine Short and Lucille Wardell; and her brother William Aubrey.

 

 

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Ann (Nicolay) Haggard on July 1, 2016 at 8:36 AM said:

My first real job while in high school was at Sears, where Kate was my boss. Initially terrified of her, I came to respect and appreciate her. She taught me what it meant to "show up" - be ready and willing to do your job or be gone! She was tough but fair, with a hint of a smile for you when you did it right. I learned much and gained maturity from Kate while there, for which I've always been grateful.
When our mother died she was the first to call with condolences and food to send over.
My sympathies to Kate's family and friends.
Lane and Carla Reisner on June 28, 2016 at 5:52 PM said:

What a great neighbor and friend, loved her spirit and sass! Rest in peace our girl, you had a good run! Condolences to all the family, she will be missed.

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