James L. Steffe, 74, Celestine

steffe edited steffe editedJames L. Steffe, 74, of Celestine, died Friday (November 8) in Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Louisville, September 29, 1939, to Carl and Loretta (Dupps) Steffe. He married Joan Hasenour October 14, 1961, in St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Jim retired from DIA (Design institute of America), and was the owner of Bohnert Advertising Specialties. He served in the U.S. Army reserves and was a recipient of the Celestine Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Award. He was a charter and 30 year board member of Celestine Fire Department, a member of St. Celestine Catholic Church, Celestine Park, Celestine Community Club, and Good Shepherd of Hill Knight of Columbus in Celestine.He enjoyed playing cards, sporting events, and grandsons’ activities.

Surviving are his wife, Joan Steffe; one daughter, Cheryl Mehringer and husband Ed , Celestine; one son, Mike Steffe and wife Ann, Ferdinand; four grandsons, Luke and Reid Steffe, and Ross and Evan Mehringer.

He was preceded in death by two sisters,  Rosa Lee Steffe and Charlene Steffe, and two brothers, Robert J. Steffe and Arnold Steffe.

Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Celestine Catholic Church with burial following in St. Celestine Cemetery.Friends may call from noon-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Combined rosary will be held at 1 p.m. Monday by the St. Celestine Parish and the Knight of Columbus at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Celestine Fire Department, St. Celestine Catholic Church or to a favorite charity.

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