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Mary Steimel
April 24, 1929 - September 17, 2011


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.  


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Tamara and Paul Knupp on September 25, 2011 at 5:02 PM said:

Pat, We are so sorry for loss of your mother. We will be thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time. Blessings to you and your family.
Mary Domer on September 23, 2011 at 6:00 PM said:

Thanks for all your sacrifices you made in order to
give your family everything. Thanks for the wonderful
memories, and the strength to laugh in the face of
hardship. Rest in peace!!! xoxo Mary Fran
Rich Hooks Wayman on September 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM said:

Dear Joe, Mike and Family Members: I had the pleasure to know Mary as a young child living. Our house was on the other side of the block but my brother Tom and I loved to play with Joe and Mike. Mary was a kind and sweet person and very welcoming to us. She had a gentle spirit around the neighborhood children and often offered us treats. I hope that your family is finding comfort in loving memories of Mary. We send our prayers and best wishes to you all. - Rich Hooks Wayman and Family, Wayzata, MN
Janet Hanusa on September 22, 2011 at 7:30 PM said:

We send our sympathy and prayers in the recent loss of your mother. It is a painful loss of a parent. God's peace to your family. Sincerely, Janet (&Rev. George) Hanusa, grandparents of Wonderlin children.
Tom Wayman on September 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM said:

Joe, Mike, and family,

There is no doubt that the loss of your Mom is great. She was such a hub for your family. She was allways ready with a pleasant smile for us kids who hung around our block there in Newhall so long ago.

Please know that you and your family will be in our prayers. May God comfort and guide you in the days and weeks ahead. God bless and take care. Your old neighbor, Tom
Barb Tigges, West Des Moines on September 22, 2011 at 4:34 AM said:

Joe, Kristine, Emily, and Nathan,
I continue to be so very saddened and sorry for your loss. Emily and Nathan - what a very loving and special grandmother you were blessed with. All those loving memories will always have a special place in your hearts! Please know you all will remain on my heart and in my prayers...especially today.

May you feel Christ's love, peace, and comfort as you honor and remember your very special angel.

PS. Nathan - All your friends at Jordan Creek, including me, miss your friendly smile and hugs! We can't wait to see you again. Please know we will all be here to support you when you return!!!! : )
CeCe Talley on September 21, 2011 at 8:58 PM said:

Pat, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. By her picture, I can tell she was a bright, wonderful woman. I will be thinking of you in the coming days.
Shawn, Colleen, and Ellie Ites on September 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM said:

Pat and family, know that we have you all in our prayers and will have the Dominicans pray for Mary. Celebrate the joys of your shared time as much as your mourn your loss - it is during these time that God shows his grace.

Mrs. Stuekerjuergen, when my (great-)Grandpa Ites died I was sad and cried. It's OK to cry when someone dies. Tears wash away all your sad stuff and let the happy stuff happen. - Ellie Ites
Lynn and Delores Pickering on September 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM said:

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Mary Steimel. She is now reunited with her family in heaven. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Rachel Monaco-Wilcox on September 21, 2011 at 2:24 PM said:

Dear Steimels,

My mother is Aunt Pat, Don's sister, who will join you tomorrow. I hope you find as much laughter and memory in the next days and weeks as you remember Mary's beautiful like. Whenever my parents returned from Iowa visits to Mary and Don, they were glowing with being around two such loving, vibrant, strong people. They enriched me even from far away, by being such a joy to my own parents. I am sure that is the case of many lives Mary touched. Bless you all,

A distant stiemel cousin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
Brigitte Steimel on September 20, 2011 at 9:44 PM said:

Dear Mary, Although our hearts are breaking right now, the strength that you have taught all of us will somehow get us through this. Thank you for giving me the most amazing husband/father that a girl could ever ask for. It is because of you, that Mike is the way he is, and that each and every day I feel so blessed! Love, Brig
Shelley (Hertle) Comisky on September 20, 2011 at 7:50 PM said:

Mike and family,

I'm sorry to hear about your loss, Mike. May your heart be comforted by the wonderful memories you've shared. My parents just received a really nice note from your Mom after my grandma, Velma Blough, passed away. We'll keep your family in our thoughts and prayers, just like she was doing for our family.

James, Shelley (Hertle), and T.J. Comisky
Juanita and Tom Robel on September 20, 2011 at 5:50 PM said:

Pat, John and family,

please accept our deepest sympathy and prays in this time of stress and sorrow.

Juanita and Tom
Jeni Kramer on September 20, 2011 at 1:37 PM said:

We are sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Jeni, Josh, Luke and Olivia Kramer
Barb Karr on September 20, 2011 at 9:55 AM said:

Don and family, Sorry to hear about your loss my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Mary will be missed by all.
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