Joyce E. Steffen

Joyce E. Steffen, age 64, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on January 7, 2021, at the Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, Iowa. 


Joyce was born in Dubuque, on January 16, 1956, a daughter to John C. “Jack” and Emma (Radloff) Steffen.  She met her love and partner in life, Wayne Eckert, in 1977, and the couple has been inseparable ever since.  Joyce devoted over 20 years of her working career as a head cashier at EconoFoods until it closed.  She then spent some time working with an investment firm until she eventually retired.  Joyce was an excellent bowler, she also enjoyed stockcar races, going to car shows, she was an avid reader, enjoyed crocheting, and watching old movies.  And was known for her great Apple Pies.  Joyce was a gentle soul who embraced both life and those she loved without hesitation.  She always enjoyed visiting with family and friends and cuddling up with her beloved pets, which continually brought her joy and peace at the end of the day.  We will miss Joyce’s quick wit and genuine smiles moving forward, and pray that her earthly struggles are now nothing more than a distant memory as we await our eternal reunion again one day.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Joyce include,


her loving companion of 43 years,

Wayne Eckert, Dubuque, Iowa;


her siblings,

Dawn (David A.) Mueller, Dubuque, Iowa,

Charles D. “Chuck” (Beverly) Steffen, Dubuque, Iowa,

Tracy Steffen Sylvester, Chicago Heights, Illinois;


as well as, nieces, and a nephew, 

Vicki (Mark) Hoftender, Philip (Jessica) Mueller, Kristina Mueller, and Michele Steffen


extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Joyce was preceded in death by her parents.


To honor Joyce’s last wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Joyce’s family.


Joyce’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Unity Point Hospital, Hawkeye Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.



Online condolences may be shared with Joyce’s family at


To honor Joyce’s last wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  

3 comments on “Joyce E. Steffen
  1. Doug and Delorse Vondal says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. We have a lot of fond memories of our many fun times we had together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Wayne, and family. May she rest in peace.

  2. Kathy Stoltz says:

    So sorry to hear about Joyce. Will treasure our chats over the fence, the beautiful Afghan she crocheted for us for a farewell when we moved from Dubuque, and several dollie’s she and her Mom crocheted for us! Wayne you was so good to her, thank you! Rest In Peace dear friend 🙏

  3. Marsha & Richard Morris says:

    Wayne and Family
    Marsha and I send our condolences hearing the loss of your loved one. We will be praying for her.
    May god bless.

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