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Felicitas Steffen
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Felicitas Steffen, age 86 of New Hampton, Iowa died peacefully Sunday March 25, 2018 at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert and Rev. Mark Osterhaus celebrating the Mass. Ann Bennett will be the organist with Mike Winter serving as cantor. Lectors for the service will be Veronica Steffen and Leticia Steffen. Presenting the offertory gifts will be Rebecca Voigt and Theresa Steffen.

Pallbearers for Felicitas' service are Randy Voigt, Daniel Prieto, Andrew Voigt, Fernando Prieto, Tim Popken, Jim Ivery, David Prieto, Gavin Popken, Foster Popken and Clark Budweg. Private family interment will be at a later date.

Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home located at 101 W. MAIN STREET in New Hampton where there will be a 4:00 p.m. rosary. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday.

Felicitas Angeles Garcia Steffen was born November 20, 1931, in Manila, Philippines, the daughter of Gaudencio and Maria Paz (Angeles) Garcia. She graduated high school in 1949 from the University of the Philippines and in 1953 from Maryknoll College in the Philippines, where she served as college student secretary in the sodality and president of the school's Catholic Action. Felicitas taught three years in elementary school in the Philippines and later another year at Maryknoll College. In 1956, Felicitas left the Philippines and attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA receiving her Master’s Degree and then teaching a year at St. Mary’s School in Waterloo under the direction of the Franciscan Sisters.

During a Catholic Church conference at Notre Dame University, she met Sylvester “Pat” Steffen of New Hampton and the couple was married on June 20, 1959, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ames. The couple was blessed with six daughters. Felicitas and Pat moved to New Hampton where she was a teacher for many years. Throughout her many teaching years, Felicitas taught all elementary grades and for some time in the high school. She retired in 1999 and continued as a substitute for four more years. Felicitas was always a favorite teacher of her students, their love for her was only matched by the love she shared back to them. She was an active member of Holy Family Parish having served as Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister and Lector. Her husband Sylvester died on September 7, 2017 at the age of 84.

Survivors include five daughters, Veronica Steffen (Fernando Prieto) of Madrid, Spain, Rebecca (Randy) Voigt of Decorah, Theresa Steffen (Ski, life-partner) of Alexandria, Va, Maria (Tim) Popken of Alta Vista, Leticia Steffen (Jim Ivery) of Pueblo, CO; seven grandchildren, Daniel Prieto (Almudena), David Prieto, Andrew Voigt, Steffenee Voigt, Gavin Popken, Foster Popken, Isabel Ivery; two brothers, Diosdado Garcia of PA, Eduardo Garcia of CA; two sisters, Pilar Garcia of Ames, IA, Lilia Gomez of Manila Philippines.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Monica Steffen in 2001; three sisters, Ana Corina Garcia, Rosalinda Valenzuela and Cresencia Montemer; three brothers, Evangelista Garcia, Jovencio Garcia, Rev. Reynaldo Garcia S.J.


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