Deacon James E. “Jim” Steffen, 85, formerly of School Hill, died from a lengthy battle with dementia on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at Willowpark Place, New Holstein.
Jim was born May 22, 1935 in the School Hill area, son of the late Raymond and Katherine (Binversie) Steffen. He attended and graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic Grade School and was a 1953 graduate of Kiel High School. Directly after high school, Jim started working at the Society of Divine Savior Publishing Department in St. Nazianz. In 1959 they moved to the now Salvatorian Center in New Holstein where he worked for almost 45 years. He was a proud member of the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959, serving in Italy. He received his honorable discharge from the Army. Jim was a member of the Kiel Municipal Band for over 60 years. He also played with the Little Kiel German Band for a number of years. He made many trips from School Hill to Kiel for twice a week band practice as well as concerts and summertime parades throughout the area. Jim truly loved playing with the City Band. Jim also bowled for many years at Wagner’s Lanes in Kiel for Roma & Fritz’s bar in School Hill. He especially enjoyed the time he spent at the cottage at Kelly Lake for the past 40 years.
Jim was a man of strong and deep faith. On Sept. 13, 1986 he was ordained by Bishop Adam J. Maida to the Permanent Diaconate of the Catholic Church in the Green Bay Diocese. He served as deacon for his home parish of Holy Trinity in School Hill and later was also assigned to St. Gregory Catholic Church in St. Nazianz. Jim was a longtime member of Catholic Knights, now Catholic Financial Life, receiving his Golden Rosary for 50 years of membership. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus, joining June 1, 1956 in Manitowoc. He was a Third Degree member of the St. Joseph the Worker Council #5539, Kiel. He was also a member of the Fourth Degree Monsignor Phillip Dreis Assembly of Sheboygan for over 50 years.
He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Josephine (Donald) Moss, Manitowoc; Carol Heinzen, Kiel; Donald Steffen, Sheboygan; Michael (Marilyn) Steffen, New Holstein; Lambert (Patricia) Steffen, Kiel; and Lawrence Steffen, School Hill. Jim is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Regina Binversie and John and Ida Steffen; parents Raymond and Katherine Steffen; brother-in-law Roman Heinzen; and sister-in-law Rosemary Steffen.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, School Hill (11928 Marken Rd., rural Kiel) with the Very Rev. Dan Felton officiating. Visitation will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. Parish Vigil Service will take place at 7 p.m. at church. Visitation will continue on Wednesday at Church from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. when there will be brief family rites before the Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery.
Jim’s family would like to thank Marcia, Mary, and the entire staff at Willowpark Place for the wonderful care given to Jim over the past four years. They would also like to thank Heartland Hospice for all their care and for keeping Jim comfortable in his last days.
Meiselwitz-Vollsedt Funeral Home, Kiel is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.