Victor Joseph Steffen, age 96 of Constance, Nebraska, died on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington, Nebraska.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Constance, Nebraska with the Rev. David Fulton officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Constance with military honors by the Crofton American Legion Post 131. Visitation will be on Sunday, at church in Constance, from 3:00-5:30 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday at church one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Victor Joseph was born on a farm four miles east of Crofton, Nebraska on January 19, 1918 to Frank and Mary (Mueller) Steffen. He was the third in a family of ten children. He grew up and attended elementary school in Constance. He graduated from Crofton High School in 1936. He attended Grand Island Business College for two years. Victor was employed by the Federal Social Security Program in Baltimore, MD for two and a half years. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941. He served 4 and one half years and was honorably discharged in January of 1946 as a Warrant officer. When he returned home he chose to farm rather than continue employment with the Federal Government. He farmed the family farm near Constance and was a member of the National Farmers Organization and supported the Center for Rural Affairs.
Victor married Hilaria Van Heek on June 13, 1950 in Crofton at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Together they raised two sons and three daughters. Victor was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Constance and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He served on the parish council, was a lector and sang in the parish choir for most of his adult life. Victor enjoyed singing with the "Men of Note" for more than twelve years. He was also a member of the Crofton American Legion Post 131.
He is survived by his wife, Hilaria of Hartington, NE; five children and their spouses Mary and Edward Sanders of Miami, OK, Rita and Bob Waibel of Minneapolis, MN, Kenneth and Joanne Steffen of Arroyo Grande, CA, Carla and Jim Tressell of Arvada, CO, Michael and LuAnn Steffen of Laurel, NE; 5 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 2 sisters - Sr. Irma Steffen OSF of Omaha, NE, Denelda "Nell" Potts of Crofton, NE; brother-in-law Irvin Arens of Randolph, NE; sister-in-law Dorothy Steffen of Yankton, SD; many nieces and nephews.
Victor was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters Adelaide DeBlauw, Irene DeBlauw, Clara Steffen, Sr. Antonelle (Marina) Steffen OSF, Barbara Arens; two brothers Ralph and Clarence Steffen.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Parish, Constance, Nebraska.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Rita and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Ken and Mary Thunker
My thoughts and Prayers go out to all of the family
Love Betty Potts
TO THE FAMILY :
I WANT TO EXTEND MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AT THIS VERY SAD TIME. YOU ARE ALL IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. " GOD BLESS".
JENNIFER ( BOCKHOLT )GOOD
Rita and Family,
My deepest sympathy and prayers for you loss. Vic always had that twinkle of mischief in his eyes when he talked or teased.
Kathleen DeBlauw Roseboom
You have our deepest sypathy in the loss of Victor. He was such a kind man. Our prayers are with you. May god bless you withthe strength to deal with the grief.
Laverta and Cyril Mauch
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Dad. He was always so uplifting and had the best attitude. So kind hearted and faithful to his Father in heaven. I'm sure he will be singing with the choirs of angels now and smiling down with great joy! May the many memories ease your sadness at this time.
Our sympathy to Vic's family. He had so much love for St. Joseph's Parish, family and farming. He was a dedicated Tenor of the choir until "My voice left me". Choirs of angels will welcome him.
Melvin and Jeanette Lammers
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know that those around you will be of comfort. We send our sympathy to your whole family, Rita.
Hugs, Mary, Ambi & Joanne
Carla and family,
My heart goes out to you at the loss of your Dad. We used to see him in the Assisted living and he always said hello. May he be singing in Heaven and may your happy memories bring you comfort and peace.
Michele (Suing) Tweedy
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU NOW. I HAVE ONLY GOOD MEMORIES VIC. MAY THE PEACE OF GOD COMFORT ALL OF YOU.
Leon Steffen (GIB'S SON)
We were saddened to hear of Vic's passing. He was truly a great man and uncle. We will keep Vic and his family in our prayers.
Dave and Emma Lou DeBlauw
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers
Peggy (Bockholt) Roberts
Our Deepest Sympathy. I remember always seeing Vic and Larry on Sundays in church and occasionally on the farm. Vic's photo brings back lots of memories growing up. He will be missed.
Dave and Connie Reifenrath Ballard
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. You can be sure God feels your pain. Isaiah 25:8 tells us: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." Jesus' promise of the resurrection is comforting as well (John 5:28,29). I hope these verses bring you some comfort as you endure.
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