Shirley Steffe


February 7, 1932 - April 29, 2023

Funeral services for Shirley Steffe of Hot Springs, S.D., formerly of Chadron, Neb. and Piedmont, S.D., will be held Monday, May 8, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, S.D.

Burial will be in the Marsland Cemetery, Marsland Neb., at 2:00 pm.

Shirley Steffe was born February 7, 1932, on a farm in Primgar, Iowa and passed away April 29, 2023, at Seven Sisters Nursing Home, Hot Springs, S.D. She spent her early years in rural O’Brien County, Iowa until her family moved to a farm near Quimby, Iowa. She graduated from Quimby High School in 1950 where she was very active in basketball and music. While attending college at Iowa State University and Westmar College she attained her teaching certificate in 1952. Shirley taught many years in the rural Dawes and Sheridan counties, Neb. as well as the Pine Ridge Reservation, S.D.

Dirl H. Steffe Sr. and Shirley G. Larsen were married on June 26, 1953, in Quimby, Iowa. Dirl and Shirley resided in Plymouth, Iowa until moving to LeMars, while he finished his teaching degree. They lived in Merrill, LeMars Iowa and Vermillion, S.D. before settling in Chadron, Neb. where Dirl and Shirley raised their family and he taught at the Chadron Sate College (CSC). She was active in CSC Faculty Wives, serving as President, and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. In 1976, she obtained her Bachelor Degree in Art and Education from CSC.

Upon Dirl’s retirement, they moved to their dream home in rural Piedmont and spent many happy years traveling the Southwest in their RV, visiting many places and making new friends. Shirley continued to substitute teach and enjoyed many hobbies including playing bridge, painting, traveling, and bowling. In her later years, she enjoyed taking her grandkids to get treats and loved the color purple, Elvis, Willie Nelson, Taco Tuesday and Reese Peanut Butter Cups.

Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She touched many lives as a great elementary teacher.

She is survived by her husband, Dirl Steffe Sr. of Hot Springs; children, Dirlene (Neil) Wheeler of Talent, Ore., Dirl Jr. (Vicki) Steffe of Hot Springs, Dianne (Webb) Johnson of Crawford, Neb., and Denise (Bill) Atkinson of Huntington W.V.; grandchildren, Haley, Angie, Amber, Molly, Kelsey, Ashley, Zach, Ariel and Sapphire, and 16 great grandchildren. Shirley is also survived by her sister, Joyce Steffe, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley was proceeded in death by her parents, Chris and Sarah Larsen; granddaughter, Myriah Jo Johnson and sister, Mildred Stevenson.

A memorial has been established at Loneman School with donations being sent to: Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home, P.O. Box 812, Hot Springs, S.D. 57747.

Fall River County Herald Star

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