Joann Marie Steffl age 79 of Redwood Falls passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 at Seasons Hospice House in Redwood Falls after a courageous battle with cancer. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, September 5 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. Visitation is from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. Friday at the church. Private family burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to New Horizons Crisis Center or Seasons Hospice. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Joann Marie (Trandahl) Steffl was born February 8, 1935 in Marshall, Minnesota to Joe and Ann (Newmann) Trandahl. She attended school through 6th grade in Redwood Falls and graduated as Salutatorian from St. Anne’s Catholic School in 1953. On November 7, 1953 she was united in marriage to Charles L. Steffl at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Wabasso. Joann worked various jobs including at the ASCS office for many years and the last 15 years with Redwood County Human Services until she retired in December 2007. She also spent many years helping on the family farm by Belview. After retirement, Joann volunteered at many places including the Food Shelf, Redwood Hospital gift shop, and the Veteran’s office. She belonged to numerous social clubs such as the Extension Club and Night Owls and was very active in her church community in CCW and as lector. Joann enjoyed reading, fishing, and going to the lake. She liked flowers, playing cards, and having coffee and cake with friends. Joann was very proud of her family, kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. Her siblings were very dear to her.
Joann is survived by Charles L. Steffl of Belview; children: Joleen Lentz of Fergus Falls, Charlene (Bill) Lightfoot of Vesta, Rebecca (Rick) Wulf of Renville, Sharon (Muff) Brink of Renville, Charles (Jolene) Steffl of Belview, Vicky (Kurt) Kasten of Belleair Bluffs, FL, Timothy Steffl (special friend Lana Anderson) of Mantorville, and Jennifer (Glenn) Boomsma of Brandon, SD. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and three siblings: Arden (Sylvia) Trandahl of Spearfish, SD, Ed (Sandra) Trandahl of Omaha, NE, and Mary (Marlin) Kuehn of Raleigh, NC. She is preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Marilyn Knutson, Patricia Szarke, and Yvonne Trandahl.