Mary Jane Steger

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Mary Jane  Francis (Meyer) Steger, age 89, of Elkport, IA, died peacefully Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the Central Community Hospital in Elkader surrounded by her family. She was born on November 7, 1928, in Dyersville IA, the daughter of Leo and Loretta (Weber) Meyer.

Mary Jane attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic School and was later united in marriage with Harold Steger on August 30, 1949, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville. This union blessed the couple with 15 children. Together Harold and Mary Jane lived in Cascade for about a year before beginning farming near Earlville in 1952. After 10 years they moved north of Manchester where they farmed until 1976. They later moved to Littleport Iowa, and farmed there until they retired from farming in 1994. They moved to Elkport where Mary Jane resided until her death. Mary Jane enjoyed gardening, photography, quilting, baking, fishing and sewing. Most of all, she enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. Mary Jane was strong in her beliefs and family and faith meant everything to her.

Mary Jane is survived by her husband of 68 years Harold Steger; children Mary Lou (John) Robinson, Linda (Al) Bestler, Gary (Karon) Steger, Jim (Joan) Steger, Steve (Pam) Steger, Tom (Connie) Steger, Bonnie Steger, Mike (Beth) Steger, Lori (Victor) Pugh, Loras (Lisa) Steger, Deb (Roger) Worm, Alan (Amy) Steger, Don Steger, Dave (Tracey) Steger, and Amy (Keith) Gaul; 58 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; siblings Betty (Stanley) McLane, Jim (Sheila) Meyer, Joyce (Ron) Drey, Ken (Kathy) Meyer, Janice (Ron) Alfred; in laws, Don (Margie) Deshaw, Jo Steger, Pat Meyer, Dorothy Meyer, Helen Meyer and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; sister Ann Meyer in infancy; and three brothers, Don, Loras and Richard Meyer. 

Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, IA where the family received friends from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2018, and one hour before service at church. A funeral service was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church Garnavillo, IA, at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018, with Marvin Bries officiating. Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Littleport, at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday January 11, 2018.  

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