Florence "Flossie" Antonia Lindblad Stechmann was born April 23, 1923 to Erick and Antonia (Ushner) Lindblad at the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell across the street from DWU and passed away at her home in Avera Brady Health and Rehab on March 8, 2017. She was the youngest of 5 siblings and attended Eugene Field Grade School, Mitchell High and graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University. She was a multi-talented and adventurous woman. She loved music and played her trombone in high school and college bands and orchestras and enjoyed a few years with a traveling dance band in the 40's. She took 1 year off from college during the WWII and traveled to the west coast with her sister, Bea. In San Francisco she worked for AAA selling license plates. There she met an underwater welder who took her and Bea down in a diving bell out in the San Francisco bay, an experience she never forgot. Back in Mitchell, she began driving taxi and earned her pilots license, flying for OJ Mabee. After graduating from DWU in 1947, she married her college sweetheart, Warren Stechmann. She lifeguarded and instructed swimming at Lake Mitchell in the late 40's and early 50's and taught at the Red Cross National Aquatic School. She taught Women's Physical Education and swimming at DWU for 14 years. She was a Water Safety Instructor Trainer and a Water Safety Handicapped Instructor Trainer for the Red Cross and also their Regional Water Safety Director. Floss will be remembered by most in Mitchell as an outstanding bowler and bowling instructor. For her accomplishments she was inducted into the South Dakota Women's Bowling Hall of Fame. She loved to redecorate & remodel houses. She did almost all the work herself, from the wiring, plumbing, tile, paint and wallpaper. Floss loved moving - she said it was the only way to deep clean! She and Steck (Warren) moved 7 times their first 2 years of marriage. After they "settled down" they bought homes and moved 6 more times in Mitchell, one time just 4 blocks away! Floss ended her multi- faceted career by being Steck’s right hand secretary in his CPA business. Steck was the only person who could call himself the Boss of Floss. (And those of you, who knew her, would have to agree with that statement!) Somewhere in the midst of her busy life, they raised a son, Tom and a daughter, Gail. In Flossie's later years, she enjoyed her friends at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Countryside Living, Avera Brady Assisted Living and Avera Brady Health and Rehab. She was a master and one of the "boss" ladies of St. Mary's May Day Basket Brigade. At Avera Brady she knew when every Bingo game was being played and would hop on her GoGo cart in the middle of a conversation to speed off to play. She had a generous nature, a big heart, a ready smile and a very independent spirit.
She is survived by her daughter, Gail, and husband, Jordan Dawn, Gold Beach, OR; daughter in law, Sue Holewa, Wichita, KS; sister, Bea McKillip, Dexter, MO; extended family: Miles, Jessica, Rachel and Elise Wheeler, Philip, SD and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, Tom, her sisters, Esther Thurman and Mabel McEntee and her brother, Albin Lindblad.
Memorials may be made to St.Mary's Episcopal Church or Dakota Wesleyan University.