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Sylvin J. Steffes

Sylvin J. Steffes, 76, of rural St. Cloud St. Joe, died Sunday, April 21 at the Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mount Calvary, following a battle with cancer.

Born May 18, 1936 in the Town of Marshfield in the St. Joe area to the late Leo and Katherine (Morgen) Steffes, he attended St. Joseph Catholic Grade School and graduated from New Holstein High School in 1954.

He served in the Army National Guard 127 Infantry 32nd Division from 1954 to 1962, serving active duty at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. from 1961 to 1962. He worked at Kohler Company for 43 years as a laser machine operator and also in the generator division, in 2000. In retirement he worked at Personal Touch Floers & Gifts in Fond du Lac and spent many hours working on various wood working projects.

He shared a lake home for over 33 years with his longtime friend, Gene Burg on Lake Noquebay by Crivitz. They traveled many times to European countries, where a close friendship was formed with Ruth and Karlheinz Engel and their family of Germany in 1970. He enjoyed deer hunting with friends, Gene Burg, Duwayne, Dean and Greg Schneider, Joe Gutreuter and Anthony Mielke. At his lake home friendships were made with neighbors, Chuck and Rose Buechler, Tom and Sandy Koskovich and Greg and Karen Flak. He was an avid fan of the Packers and Brewers.

He was a member of St. Isidore Parish, St. Joseph Church, the Holy Name Society, a 50 year member of the Catholic Knights Branch 179 of St. Cloud, a life member of Fond du Lac American Legion Trier Puddy Post 75, a life member of the 127 Infantry 32 Division and a member of the kohler Company Quarter Century Club.

Survivors include his longtime friend, Gene Burg of St. Joe; his sisters and brothers, Delores (Elmer) Petrie and Vernon (Gail) Steffes, both of St. Peter, Mary Ann (Gene) Birschbach of New Holstein, Patricia Birschbach of Mount Calvary, Judith (Edgar) Zingsheim of Oostburg, Donald (Joan) Steffes of St. Joe and Joseph (Raye Marie) Steffes of Fond du Lac; a sister-in-law, Donna Steffes of Fond du Lac; many nieces and nephews and John (Vicky) Baus and their family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eugene Steffes; a brother-in-law, Henry Birschbach and special friend and deer hunting member, Ronald Wiskow.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 25 at St. Isidore Parish-St. Joseph Church, W620 County Road G, St. Cloud St. Joe. Rev. Gary Wegner OFM Cap. and Rev. Oliver Bambenek OFM Cap. will concelebrate. Entombment will be in the Shrine of Rest Chapel Mausoleum at Ledgeview Memorial Park Cemetery in Fond du Lac. Family and friends may call at the Sippel Funeral Home, 1311 Thorp Street in St. Cloud on Wednesday, April 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again at the funeral Home on Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. when brief rites will be held. A memorial fund has been established in his name.


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