Published On: Wed, Jul 6th, 2011

Obituary – Rev. Mr. Andrew F. “Andy” Steffen

Rev. Mr. Andrew F. “Andy” Steffen

CROFTON — Rev. Mr. Andrew F. “Andy” Steffen, 86, Crofton, died June 30, 2011, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.
Mass of Christian Burial was July 5 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton, with Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating.
Burial was in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Constance.
Visitation, with a Vigil Service, was July 4 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton, and continued one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.
The Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers will be the Deacons and their wives, Sylvan and Leanne Thoene, Marcus and Donna Potts, Doug and Joyce Tunink, Clarence and Angela Jansen, Frank and Mary Fillaus, Steve and Nancy Archbold, Rod and Cindy Wiebelhaus and Paul and Kay Steffen.

Andy, the ninth of 11 children, was born Nov. 30, 1924, on the home place southwest of Fordyce, to Herman J. and Christine (Schroeder) Steffen. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1942. He married Rita Wortmann Oct. 14, 1947, at Bow Valley. Andy farmed on the home place until he retired from farming in 1984. He then went to work at Alumax, Yankton, for several years and worked at the Human Service Center in Yankton for five years. In 1991, he and Rita moved into Crofton and Andy worked as the custodian for St. Rose Parish and School and also drove the school bus for the Crofton Public School, retiring in 2009.
Andy was a former member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Constance, and currently was a member of the St. Rose of Lima, Crofton. His faith was very important to him and he was ordained a permanent deacon June 3, 1983, becoming one of the first deacons in this area. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society. In his younger days he played second base and catcher for the Constance baseball team. He then went on to coach the Junior League, midgets and little league baseball for 19 years. He helped organized the Jack and Jill 4-H Club, served on the Rural Fire Board, Hartington Public School Board, Cedar County Extension Board and Fair Board and was a former member of the NFO. Andy had a great love of music and sang with the Men of Note for 20 years.
Andy loved the holidays, gardening and raising roses. He was an avid Husker fan and was a stockholder for the Green Bay Packers. Andy was a great supporter of his kids and grandkids.
Andy is survived by his wife, Rita, Crofton; nine children and spouses, Diane and Ron Hochstein, Bow Valley; Dick and Joan Steffen, Hartington; Cynthia Steffen, Burnsville, Minn.; Sheila and Gary Eckmann, Lindy; Fred and Karen Steffen, Crofton; Ray and Elaine Steffen, Fordyce; Cheryl and Mike Smyth, Lincoln; Pam and Dan “Rocky” Berendsen, Crofton; and Pat and Julie Steffen, Fordyce; 38 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Eleanor Burbach, Yankton, S.D.; Mary Vanderheiden, Laurel; and Elizabeth and Harry Walton, Alameda, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Johanna Steffen, Coleridge; a brother-in-law, Dick Mueret, Sioux City, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Daniel; a granddaughter, Jessica Berendsen; four brothers, Ike, Greg, Robert, and Walter Steffen; and three sisters, Rosalia Lammers, Bernadette Buckholt and Ramona Meuret.