Erika Steffen

Erika L. Steffen

Tuesday, September 18th, 1928 - Thursday, May 14th, 2020
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Erika Lotte Steffen, 91, of St. Joseph Michigan went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday morning May 14. Her ever present smile, thoughtfulness and love for others will always be remembered. Arrangements have been entrusted with Starks & Menchinger. Due to the current Covid-19 precautions, a private family service and burial have been held. Memorial donations in Erika’s name may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, Stevensville and Caring Circle Hospice of Lakeland, St. Joseph. Those wishing to sign Erika’s Memory Book online may do so at

Erika was born September 18, 1928 to Ferdinand and Rosalie Feg in Grunzig Germany, which is now a part of Poland. After the war she was reunited with her family in Herford Germany. In 1952 she came to America with her brother Ewald, and took the train to St. Joseph, where she resided for most of her life.

Erika met Fritz Steffen at Leco Corporation. They married in April 1957, and remained married for 49 years until he passed away in 2006. She was a cook at Lakeshore Junior Highschool for many years. Erika enjoyed traveling, baking, cooking, caring for and loving her family with a deep passion and spending time with her grandkids to whom she was fondly known as Oma. She will be remembered for her wonderful baked goods especially Linzer Torte and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. She was a faithful member of Christ Lutheran Church in Stevensville. Erika will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Erika is survived by her children, Norman (Christie) Steffen of Havelock, NC; Harry (Rebecca) Steffen of St. Joseph, MI, grandchildren Andrew (Natalia), Aaron, Austin, Sean (Ashley), Brian (Brooke) Steffen; eight great grandchildren, Graham, Noah, Nathan, Annalee, Rosalie, Sean Jr., Braydon and Bryleigh Steffen; and her brother Ewald Feg of Herford Germany. She was preceded in death by her husband Fritz and her bother Siegfried.

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Sonja Henschel

Posted at 06:58am
Dear Norman & Harry with families,
So sorry for the loss of you Mama and Oma!
Just read about it in the Herald Palladium.
We were still in Florida for the Winter months so we just now are catching up on the news of Friends and Family!
Will keep you in our 🙏 as you grieve.
Inge & Sonja Henschel

Gabriele C. Blank

Posted at 05:13pm
Tom and I were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She is with your father now. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and your whole family.

Gabriele and Tom Blank

Charley Long

Posted at 02:23pm
Erika was a sweet lady who had a gift of hospitality. She treated our family like we were part of her family. We miss her. Our condolences to her family. She was a great lady. Sara Long

Pastor Gerald and Vicki Schroer

Posted at 09:16am
Comfort and joy in the knowledge of heaven's glory through faith in Jesus! Thankful to have known and served as pastor to Erika and Fritz during their time at St. Paul's. Retired Pastor Gerald Schroer

Vickie Blake

Posted at 05:48pm
In memory of a wonderful women with a beautiful spirit. May her family find comfort knowing that she is with her maker and is at peace.
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Erika was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We always enjoyed visiting her and hearing her stories about her life in Germany. We will miss her, but we know she is resting in the arms of Jesus where she longed to be. Don and Sharon

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