Obituary of Betty Steffen
Betty Steffen age 87 of Menno, SD peacefully passed away Friday, February 26, 2021 at the Oakview Terrace Nursing Home, Freeman, SD. Betty was born January 12, 1934 in Springfield, SD to Pete and Florence (Stark) Johnson. Betty married Kleo Steffen August 2,1952. They had a dairy farm north of Olivet, SD. Betty helped with the daily operations of the farm, gardened, painted the farm buildings, and made beautiful quilts for herself and her family. Some even sold or were donated to charity. She taught flannelgraph Bible stories to children after school at the Open Door Café and was active in the United Methodist Church. She also worked as a Med-Aide in the Menno/Olivet Care Center for several years.
Kleo and Betty retired from the farm and opened a C-store in Olivet. When the store closed Betty returned to the Care Center as a cook until she was no longer physically able. On their retirement, they moved to an apartment in Menno, SD where Betty painted ceramics and colored over 100 adult coloring books which she continued in the nursing home.
Betty is survived by her husband, Kleo. Their 67year union was blessed with 2 children, Robert Steffen of Lexington, Kentucky and Crystal Steege of Sioux Falls, SD; Crystal’s 3 children, Nichole Lund, NC, Eric Stockman, IA and Zackery Steffen, SD; Robert Steffen’s daughter, Ashely Heath of Kentucky; and 4 great grandchildren.
Memorial Praise and Worship service will be 7:00 PM, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the United Methodist Church, Olivet, SD with Rev. Arlyn Coalter officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will take place at a later date at the Wittenburg Cemetery. Visitations will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The Aisenbrey-Opsahl-Kostel Memorial Chapel, Menno, SD is assisting with the service details. Live streaming provided at: https://www.facebook.com/opsahlkostel/live. Those wishing to attend the visitation and service in person are encouraged to wear a mask and to practice social distancing guidelines. Online condolences may be made at: www.opsahl-kostelfuneralhome.com.
Memorials can be sent to United Methodist Church, 215 Olivet St., West, Olivet, SD 57052.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Betty Steffen, please visit Tribute Store
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