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Elnora Steffen 08/01/2023

Elnora Ann Steffen, 86 of Stillwater, Minnesota passed away on August 1, 2023. Elnora ‘Norie’ was born in Davenport, Iowa on August 30, 1936, the youngest child of Ella (Mangels) and Herman Steffen. She was preceded in death by her parents and 8 siblings: Edna (Raymond) Holdorf, Esther (Elwin) Holdorf, Herman (Ruth) Steffen, Irwin Steffen, Evelyn (Donald) Gless and Helen (Virgil) Creger, Donald (Patricia) Steffen and Dale (Marilyn – living) Steffen. Norie graduated in 1954 from Davenport High School in Davenport, Iowa and worked for AAA Insurance and Oscar Mayer as well as several years at alterations shops in Muscatine, Iowa. She married Dale Steffen on May 12, 1956 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa. After her marriage, she was very active in the farming operations with her husband until their retirement in 1995. Norie’s favorite activities included: spending time with family and friends, sewing, golfing, playing cards, and gardening.

Norie is survived by her husband, Dale, and 4 children, Doug (Marsha) Steffen, Portland, OR, Darryl (Denise) Steffen, New Lenox, IL, David (Cherry) Steffen, Topeka, KS, and Lisa (Peter) Cross, Stillwater, MN, as well as 6 granddaughters, Julie (Greg) Sturgis, Concord, NH, Jenna Steffen, Longmont, CO, Elise and Emma Steffen, Portland, OR, Rachel Steffen, Dallas, TX, and Anna Cross, Stillwater, MN, and 2 great-grandchildren, Sophia Sturgis, Concord, NH, and William Steffen Windsor, Longmont, CO.

Per Norie’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and she will be buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in September. Memorials in Norie’s honor may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or a charity of your choice. You may send cards to Dale Steffen 5610 Norwich Parkway Apt 129 Oak Park Heights MN 55082. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch Norrie’s tribute video.


  • Marian Storjohann Posted August 5, 2023 10:29 am

    My sympathy to all. Norie was a great person. Many happy memories

  • Kelly Brooks Posted August 5, 2023 11:44 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Dale and family.

  • Gary and Nancy Holdorf Posted August 5, 2023 2:51 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Norie. She was such a wonderful person and great matriarch for her family. Our prayers, sympathy and love to all!

  • Rick Druhl Posted August 13, 2023 8:22 pm

    My thoughts an prayers for all the family will be with you , my fond memories of all of you are always near and the light in Nori was never dimmed. God bless

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