Iris Steffen, 87, Lebanon

October 10, 2018

Iris E. Steffen, 87, Lebanon, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

Iris E. Steffen was born June 14, 1931, in the town of Lebanon, to Harvey and Clara (Radtke) Nass. On June 17, 1951, she married Hugo Goetsch. He preceded her in death Dec. 16, 1965. On Dec. 17, 1967, she married Eugene Stewart and he preceded her in death Aug. 10, 1984. On May 8, 1988, she married Henry (Hank) Steffen and he preceded her in death April 16, 2016. Iris worked at Brownberry Ovens, Oconomowoc; Household Finance, Watertown; and Dr. Robert Liners’ Dental Office, Watertown. She was a past treasurer of the town of Lebanon. Knitting, crocheting and sewing were hobbies that Iris enjoyed. She was interested in genealogy. Learning about and recording family history were important to her. Volunteering was one of Iris’s passions. She was a longtime 4-H leader in Dodge County working with the Lebanon Happy Troopers and Lebanon Luckies 4-H clubs. She and Hank served on the Dodge County 4-H camp committee for more than 20 years. Iris was a county resource leader. She was active with the Clyman Lions, serving in a variety of leaderships roles. Iris was involved with Dodge County HCE (formerly Extension Homemakers) and was a member of Emerald Clovers HCE. She was currently serving as president of Dodge County HCE. Because of her love of nature, she volunteered at Marsh Haven Nature Center. She was very involved in her church and served on various committees. Iris was a member of the Lebanon Historical Society and was also involved with the Dodge-Jefferson Beekeepers. A recent endeavor was getting involved with Ruby’s Pantry Food Ministry in Lebanon and Hartford.

Iris will be remembered for her “can-do” attitude, generosity and dedication to all that she was involved in. Through her volunteer work, she touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed. She is remembered by her brother-in-law, Martin Christian, stepdaughters, Sherry and (Stan) Jones and Linda Martinez. She is also remembered by her step grandchildren, Heather Jones Kapelanski (Tim Kapelanski), Henry Martinez (Kim Crawford Martinez), and Angela Martinez, along with seven step great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Isabell Christian; and step son-in-law, Alex Martinez.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at noon at First Congregational UCC, Watertown. Burial will be at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery, Lebanon. Relatives and friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to First Congregational UCC, Marsh Haven Nature Center or the charity of one’s choice.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Online condolences can be made at watertownwifuneralhome.com.

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