Rita Marie Steffen, age 88 of Crofton, Nebraska, died on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10:30 am at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with Rev. Michael Schmitz and Rev. Rodney Kneifl officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Constance, Nebraska. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton is in charge of arrangements.
Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be 8 grandsons, Joshua Ebmeier, Pat Hochstein, Taylor Steffen, Chris Steffen, Austin Steffen, Christian Steffen, Robert Steffen and Tom Steffen.
Rita was born on December 1, 1927 southeast of Bow Valley, Nebraska to Alphonse Henry and Margaret Mary (Burbach) Wortmann. She grew up on a farm near Bow Valley and graduated from Mount Marty High School in Yankton in 1945. She married Andrew F. Steffen on October 14, 1947 in Bow Valley. They farmed south west of Fordyce where she raised her 10 children. They moved to Crofton in 1991 and she entered the Golden Living Center in Hartington in June of 2011.
Rita was a former member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Constance. She is a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Guild and Christian Mothers in Crofton. She was a member and former president of the Rural North Central Deanery and was one of the founding members of the Cedar Catholic Development. Rita was very active with her husband, Andrew, in the Deaconate program.
Rita enjoyed quilting, sewing, embroidery work, baking, playing cards and gardening. She and Andrew hosted several foreign exchange students over the years and she babysat many kids including her grandchildren.
Rita is survived by 8 children, Diane and Ron Hochstein of Bow Valley; Cynthia Steffen of Burnsville, MN; Sheila and Gary Eckmann of Lindy, NE; Fred and Karen Steffen of Crofton; Ray and Elaine Steffen of Fordyce, NE; Cheryl Smyth of Lincoln, NE; Pam and Dan "Rocky" Berendsen of Crofton; Pat and Julie Steffen of Fordyce; a daughter-in-law, Joan Steffen of Hartington; 31 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, a brother, Roman Wortmann of Hartington; 4 sisters, Betty and Victor Nissen of Coleridge, NE; Ruth and Gerald Foxhoven of Crofton; Gloria and Chuck McDonald of Boise, ID and Ethel Wortmann of St. Paul, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Andrew on June 30, 2011 at the age of 86, 2 sons, Dan and Dick Steffen, a granddaughter, Jessica Berendsen and a sister-in-law, Wilma Wortmann.
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My deepest sympathy goes out to all the family. I always enjoyed sitting around and talking to your parents, I felt like one of the family. I have many fond memories that I will never forget. All of you are in my thoughts and prayer's.
Peg (Bockholt) Roberts
So sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed my visits with Rita and Andy when they came to have their hair done. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Our condolences to the entire Steffen family with the loss of their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Rita was a woman dedicated to her faith and family. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Rick & Carol Brandt
My deepest condolences to the Steffen family. Although I did not know Rita personally, I went to school with several of her children. Judging by their personalities, Rita was a most wonderful person.
My prayers to the family, I think Rita and Andrew played Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Constance Christmas. My sincere condolences to a great family from my youth.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Blessings to all of you. What a wonderful lady, Rita was, but you know that! I loved seeing her at the Nursing Home. If I didn't get to her fast enough to say "hi", she'd chase me down with her walker-lol! I now see where some of the grandchildren got their spunk!
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of Rita. She will be missed. My mom and Rita were in the same room in the hospital when Diane and I were born. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Dennis and Sherry Povondra
Our sincere sympathy on your loss of your mother's life here on earth but rejoicing in heaven as Andy welcomes Rita into God's eternal kingdom. Rita and Andy were always so much in love with each other. We got to know them while going through the deacon program. Then later when we had our home up on the lake.
Deacon Don and Regina Seamann
My greatest sympathy to your family in the loss of Rita and Andy. They are surely together again, laughing and singing. I always enjoyed talking with your folks and singing with Andy in the Choir and with my dad in Men of Note. So sad to see the ravages of time.
My deepest sympathy to all family members...but good memories will be with me of all the great times and gatherings at St. Joseph's of your mother and her wonderful caring manner.
Kathleen De Blauw Roseboom
So sorry to hear about your mom. Our family called your mom "Andrew's Rita" as to not get confused with my sister, Rita. She truly was "Andrew's Rita". I am happy they are together again. I am glad my mom and your mom roomed together at Golden Living at the end of my mom's life as I know your mom was saying the rosary for my mom as she passed - I am sure of that. Love and Hugs to you all!
Carla (Steffen) Tressell
You have our deepest sympathies with the loss of your Mother. I have many memories of her and my Mother growing up. May you find peace knowing your parents are together again.
Irene (Arens) Vaughn
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