Mary Ann Steppke, longtime resident of Fort Atkinson, age 76, joined her Savior in heaven on May 15th due to complications with diabetes.
She was born in Chicago on January 11, 1943. Her parents were Salvatore Delisi and Josephine (Scimeca) Delisi. She studied at Loyola University and graduated at UW Whitewater, with a degree in social work. She married the love of her life, Jim Steppke, in 1963 in Robinsdale, Minnesota. She devoted many years to help members of the community as a medical social worker, for Jefferson County. She was also the head of the Community Options Program, serving the elderly population. She shared her love of God and spread the Word of God through jail ministry. Her latest passion was helping the homeless population in the area with fellow concerned members of her church.
Mary Ann adored spending time with her family and friends. She was devout in her faith, loved to encourage and preach the gospel, and share her love of Jesus and the mother Mary. She had a flair for decorating and was a master gardener, who spent countless hours tending her garden during the summer months. She also enjoyed reading books, reflecting, and spending time at Bartels Beach. Although she was from Chicago, she loved the Green Bay Packers, and her enthusiasm could be heard on game days. Mary Ann had the gift of gab and loved to talk. Her laugh was guaranteed to make you smile. Mary Ann was pure love and embodied compassion and forgiveness.
Mary Ann is survived by her children; Todd James Steppke and his wife Marisa Steppke, Tina Jo (Steppke) Keegstra and husband Brent Keegstra, and Terry John Steppke, Grandchildren are Zachary Steppke, Allison Keegstra, Anna Steppke, Ben Keegstra, Nick Steppke, Ashley Keegstra, and Alexander Steppke. Brother Anthony Delisi and wife Gail Delisi. Sister-in-Law Sandy Delisi, Brother-in-laws Jerry Steppke, Ted Steppke, Larry Steppke, and Sister-in-Law Carol Skoronski, as well as many nieces and nephews. Those preceding Mary Ann in death are her parents Salvatore and Josephine Delisi, her husband Jim Steppke, her brother August Delisi, her sister Constance Hjelm, and nephews Michael Hjelm, and Bobby Delisi.
Please join us in celebrating Mary Ann’s life. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson with Father Peter Auer as Celebrant. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church until time of services. A luncheon will immediately follow. Per Mary Ann’s request, she would like attendees to wear white to symbolize a celebration of Christian Joy.
Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities or the church.
The Dunlap Memorial Home is assisting the family.