Mary G. Steimel, age 82, of Newhall, passed away Saturday, September 17, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mary was born April 29, 1929 in Oelwein, Iowa. She was the sixth child of Peter and Emilia (Dedeco) Greco, who were first -generation immigrants from Italy. She graduated from Oelwein High School in 1948.
Mary married Donald Steimel of Cedar Rapids at Sacred Heart Church in Oelwein on October 16, 1954. Seven children were born to this union. The couple raised their family in Newhall and lived there for 55 years. Mary especially loved time spent with her children, grandchildren and friends. She enjoyed flowers and gardening. She celebrated every Iowa Hawkeye football victory.
Survivors include her children, Patrice (John) Stuekerjuergen of Clive; Mary (Laurance) Domer of Liberty, Missouri; Joseph (Kristine) Steimel of West Des Moines; Michael (Brigitte) Steimel of Cedar Rapids; and David Steimel of Vinton. There are nine grandchildren: Erik and Jaclyn Stuekerjuergen, Clive; Kathleen Robinson, Pleasant Hill; Hannah, Hailey, and Hope Steimel, Cedar Rapids; Devin Domer, Liberty, Missouri; and Nathan and Emily Steimel, West Des Moines. Mary is also survived by her sisters: Carrie Greco, Oelwein; Rosemary Belding, Independence; Josie Lilly, Cedar falls; Frances “Danny” (Dick) Youngblut, Denver, CO; Julia Caparelli, Council Bluffs; and her brother John (Bonnie) Greco, North Platte, NE. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her daughters, Kathleen Steimel and Rebecca Zimmer; a grandson, Daniel Zimmer; her brother, Louis “Dave” Greco; her sister-in-law Bette Greco; and her brother-in-laws: James Lilly, Jim Belding, and Joe Caparelli.
Memorials my be directed in Mary’s honor to the Disabled American Veterans and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Funeral services for Mary will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday September 22, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein, with Father Harry Koelker officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday September 21 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with a Parish Scripture Service at 7 p.m.