Margaret M. “Maggi” Steffen

Margaret M. “Maggi” Steffen, age 73, of Manchester, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on July 3, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a recent diagnosis with aggressive brain cancer.  To honor Maggi’s life, a private family memorial mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery in Manchester.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Maggi’s family.


Maggi was born on June 28, 1947, in Manchester, Iowa, one of seven children to Linus A. and Alvina M. (Koopmann) Deutmeyer.   She married Thomas J. Steffen on October 26, 1968, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, and they built their first house together the following year.  Maggi had learned the value of hard work while growing up on the family dairy farm, and she rarely hesitated to take on a tough task.  She was creative, resourceful and a helper in every sense of the word.  She was a wonderful mom to the two daughters she and Tom were blessed with. 


Maggi worked in the print shop at West Delaware Schools for 32 years, retiring in 2010.  During those years, she also worked on many projects with Tom, including the construction of another house.  This one came with the dream of creating an eighth-scale railroad — a dream which they achieved together and shared with family, friends and visitors.  Maggi planted and tended flower gardens on the property, adding to the beauty of the natural surroundings.   


When Maggi wasn’t working outside, she could likely be found baking some delicious treats.  She made Sunday brunch and holiday celebrations special times for her granddaughters and the rest of the family.  She was a woman of grace, steadfast love, faithfulness and courage.  She trusted the Lord, and let His life shine through her each and every day.  


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Maggi include,


her loving husband of 51 years,

Tom Steffen, Manchester, Iowa;


their two daughters,

Shelly (Ron) Heims, West Des Moines, Iowa,

and Kary (Bob) Naeve, Manchester, Iowa;


their five granddaughters,

Kaitlyn, Kelsey, Grace and Lexi Heims, and Lydia Naeve:


her siblings,

James (Barbara) Deutmeyer, Maquoketa, Iowa,

Anna (Dave) Philipp, Greeley, Iowa,

Allen (Coleen) Deutmeyer, Elkader, Iowa,

Patrick (Lila) Deutmeyer, Manchester, Iowa;


her sisters-in-law,

Nancy Deutmeyer, Palo, Iowa, 

and Doris Deutmeyer, Manchester, Iowa;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Maggi was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Francis Deutmeyer and Richard Deutmeyer. 


Maggi’s family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who helped her with surgery and recovery as well as Above and Beyond Hospice for their wonderful care and support during these most difficult days. 


Online condolences may be shared with Maggi’s family at

To honor Maggi’s life, a private family memorial mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery in Manchester.  

9 comments on “Margaret M. “Maggi” Steffen
  1. Nancy Hatfield says:

    Sooo sorry for all. Wonderful, beautiful woman. My deepest sympathy 🙏🙏🙏

  2. Dawn Schechtman says:

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Maggi was a wonderful and caring woman full of faith and love. She will not be forgotten. May she be at peace. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  3. Tom and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Maggie was a very special person. Our grand kids still talk about the day the two of you welcomed us to your place and gave them a ride on your train. We could see it in both her and your eyes how much you enjoyed sharing it. The world needs more Maggi’s. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers. She will be missed by many people.

  4. Barb Hogan says:

    Kary, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was a genuinely beautiful person. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Vic and Mary Kay Dannenbrink says:

    Vic and I are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Maggi. We always admired the closeness Tom and Maggi shared. She will live on through each of you. Our deepest condolences.

  6. Scott Litteree says:

    Maggi was a wonderful woman who served all of us teachers and students so well during her years at WD. God used her to touch so many, many lives. I’m
    so sorry for your loss.

  7. Jean Clarke says:

    Tom I am so sorry to hear about Maggi. Thinking of you and your family.

  8. Nicki Groves says:

    Kary, Shelly, and Tom,
    Huge hugs to all of you on the loss of Maggi. I’m smelling the print shop as I think of her now. What a wonderful person and gift to us all.

  9. Phil Steffen and Laurie Garms says:

    Tom, sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    We are always here for anything you may need.

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