Kathie Ann Steege, 66
Kathie Ann Steege, age 66, of New Hampton, Iowa, fell asleep in death peacefully with her husband and daughter by her side on October 20, 2021, at MercyOne Medical Center in New Hampton.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021, @ 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. Meeting ID # 88366827342, Passcode 123456. The meeting will be open 30 minutes prior to the service. The family welcomes you to join at your earliest convenience, and there will be a short video commemorating Kathie's life. Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory have been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences for Kathie's family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com
Kathie was born on March 10, 1955, to George and Evelyn (Bruening) Opperman in West Union, Iowa, and she grew up on a farm outside of Hawkeye. She attended elementary school in Hawkeye and was a 1973 graduate of West Union High School.
Kathie met Max Steege in 1979, and the couple exchanged wedding vows on August 16, 1980, at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton.
They were the proud parents of Jayme, Joe, and Nicole. They always felt loved and respected by a mother who was always ready to help you thru your troubled times. In addition, she cared for her parents in their later years
Kathie would enjoy going to visit her daughter-in-law "daughter" and they would rise before the sun just to look thru interior design magazines for ideas to implement in her home.
Another one of Kathie's passions was hunting for antiques, whether it be searching thru an Antique Store or spending an entire day at an Antique Auction hoping for that special item at a bargain price.
Kathie absolutely adored the time she spent with her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and simply put, she was an amazing grandmother.
Later in life, health issues did not stop her from taking up a new art medium, Pastels, and she created many beautiful drawings in chalk that were as vibrant and full of life as she was. She also recently illustrated a children's book about a fish named George, and she was quoted later as saying, "I hope I never have to paint another fish in my life."
After years of studying the bible, Kathie was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and enjoyed sharing with others the truth she learned. One of her favorite scriptures can be found in Revelation 21:3-4, which reads, “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Kathie is survived by her husband Max Steege; one daughter, Nicole Steege; two sons, Jayme Steege, Joseph Steege; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dean (Gilda) Opperman, Brad Opperman; three sisters, Judy (Darryl) Waugh, Gloria (Dale) Frana, Dixie Opperman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister-in-law, Cathy Opperman.