Evelyn Irene Steinhoff, age 84, of Ipswich, died at home on Monday, June 30, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Parish, burial at the Holy Cross Cemetery will follow. The Holy Cross Catholic Church will host visitation from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Friday with a Liturgical Wake Service following at 5:00.
Evie was born on February 21, 1930, to Rochus and Mary (Grabowski) Geffre in Leola, SD. She was raised in Leola where she attended country school; Evie was a graduate of Leola High School in 1948. After graduation, she earned her teaching certificate and started teaching country school south of Craven Corner. Evie married Lyle Steinhoff in Leola after he returned from the service on July 12, 1951.
After their marriage, Evie and Lyle moved to Ipswich, purchased a home and lived there until the time of her death. Evie was very involved in the Ipswich and Holy Cross community: raising five children, serving on the Ipswich City Council, and washing and ironing for the Ipswich Hospital For 21years. After the hospital closed, Evie began working for the Ipswich Senior Center and worked there into her 70's. Evie was a member of Holy Cross Parish, The Catholic Order of Foresters, the Even Dozen Extension Club, Women's Altar Society, and many card groups like her Saturday night pinochle group.
Evie was a true prayer advocate for her children and grandchildren. She was dedicated to the Holy Rosary, and prayed it daily. Among other things, Evie will be remembered for her homemade cinnamon rolls, potato pancakes, chocolate chip cookies, and always being up for a game of cards.
Evie is survived by her children: Michael (Kathryn) Steinhoff of Watertown, SD; Paul (Chris) Steinhoff of Annandale, MN; Cheryl (Mike) Wurm of Annandale, MN; Janel (Bob) Bergan of Columbia, SD; Melanie (Mike) Kray of Waconia, MN; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Clara Braun and Caroline (Leonard) Kline both of Aberdeen and numerous nieces and nephews. Evie's parents; husband, Lyle; brother, Albert; sisters, Armella and Angeline preceded her in death.