Vonda Elaine Steilen


January 15, 1927 - October 1, 2008



Vonda Elaine Steilen was born to Albert and Hazel (Abbott) Klenke on January 15, 1927 in Spencer, SD.  She attended school in Spencer and graduated from Spencer High School in 1945.  She married Wilfred Steilen on January 8, 1948 at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in Farmer, SD.  They farmed near Farmer and later moved to Spencer.  She was employed by Saint Joseph Hospital for a number of years.  Wilfred died in 1973. Vonda moved to Mitchell in 1997. 

She was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, and previously  volunteered at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.

 Vonda is survived by one daughter, Betty and her husband, Dick Anderson, Mitchell, SD and one son, Dale and his wife, Lucy, Huron, SD; seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred; one brother, Dwight Klenke and her parents. 



Friday, October 3, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, October 4, 2008
10:30 AM
Saint John Neumann Catholic Church
Farmer, South Dakota


Lakeside Cemetery
Spencer, South Dakota

Posted by Lance Schulte on October 3, 2008
I'm very sorry to hear of Vonda's passing. She was such a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.
Posted by Jackie (Clark) Christiansen on October 3, 2008
Betty, Dick, Dale &Lucy,
So sorry to hear of Vonda's passing. I will always remember her "angelic" smile. It was the first smile I fell in love with at Prairie Crossings. Again, My deepest sympathy.
Posted by Jim and Peg Murtha - Huron, SD on October 2, 2008
Dale and Lucy - We are truly sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom and we offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We pray that God will comfort you in the difficult loss of a loved one. God Bless
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