Johanna M. Steffen
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Johanna M. Steffen, age 106 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Park View Haven Nursing in Coleridge, Nebraska.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with the Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial will be at the St. Rose cemetery in Crofton. Visitation will be on Thursday, at church, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at church on Friday one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton.

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

Johanna Sophie Maurgarite Steffen was born on January 19, 1908 in Crookston, Nebraska to Jacob and Henrietta (Sauerwein) Vanderheiden. She grew up in Crookston, NE and attended school at the Old Rock School until she was nine years old. She moved with her parents to Laurel where she attended Golden Prairie School and then high school in Laurel. 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) on August 26, 1941 in Laurel, NE. They lived and farmed southwest of Fordyce. In 1947 they moved to a farm three miles north of Crofton on Hwy 121. Greg died on December 26, 1972 at the age of 62 years as a result of a farm accident. Johanna died on her husband 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 through 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 of Crofton, Nancy and Richard Wortmann of Crofton, Thomas and Donna Steffen of Crofton, Kathleen and Ralph Juergens of Goodlettsville, TN, Jane and Terry Wright of Star, Idaho, Ed and Arlene Steffen of Crofton; 19 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; one brother Ernest Vanderheiden of Sanborn, IA; two sisters Elizabeth Dickes of Wayne, NE, Lucina Gallagher of Liberty, IL; 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; one sister Mary Kalin.

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To the Steffen Family, Was saddened to read that Johanna passed away. She was like a second mother to me. Sorry I can't make it back for her funeral. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Denny Schieffer

To all of the Steffen Family. What a Grand Lady. You have been so fortunate to have her all of these years. Having lost my parents within the past couple years at 95 and 98 years of age my sympathy is with you knowing how much they mean to us in their later years but knowing that they go on to greater rewards. May you have Gods blessing & comfort.

Norm Starr

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