Susan Marie Steffens

May 10, 1942January 10, 2019

Susan Marie Steffens, DeWitt, age 76, died January 10, 2019; born May 10, 1942, in Lansing, MI to Ralph Merritt and Janet Mildred (McNaughton) Green. Susan was employed by DeWitt Public Schools for 18 years where she was the Athletic Director’s Secretary. After retiring in 1996, she was inducted to the DeWitt Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 for her years of hard work and dedication to the Athletic Department. Susan was preceded in death in 2008 by her husband of 41 years, L. Richard Steffens. She is survived by one daughter, Emily L. (Randy) Joy of St. Johns; two sons, Rich (Trish) Steffens of Laingsburg and David (Laura) Steffens of Big Rapids, MI; 6 grandchildren, Ryan, Mikaela, Rachael, Ellen, Michael and Nichole; and one brother, Frank (Jean) Green of Paradise, CA. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 26 at 2:00pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 East Washington, DeWitt. The family will receive friends at the funeral home before the service from 12 noon to 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Breast Cancer Society in memory of Mrs. Steffens.


  • The Breast Cancer Research Foundation


  • Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 26, 2019

Susan Marie Steffens

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January 21, 2019

From your brother Frank,

I have always loved you and always will.

I will never forget all the fun we had running around, building forts back in grandpa’s pasture. The many hours we spent sliding on grandpa’s hill. We stayed out until our feet were blue and skating on Mary Stampfly’s pond. One thing they can never say about us is that we were whiners. We were what tough is all about.

You asked that I not be here at your service but, your spirit is always with me. I am looking forward to the day when we’ll all be together again.

Love always,

Melanie Huttenga

January 19, 2019

My husband Dirk and I were so very sorry to hear of Susan's passing. Dirk worked for her doing home improvement projects on many occasions and enjoyed her company. Susan helped me on occasion to put together a soccer scrap book. She had so many good ideas and it turned out far better than what I could have done on my own. I also spoke with her a few times about quilting and enjoyed seeing her many beautiful quilts. But I will be reminded of her from time to time because she gave us a desk that I refinished and has been put to good use.
Please accept our sympathy on your mother's passing. She had a beautiful spirit and I know she will be missed.
Melanie & Dirk Huttenga

Carl Pawluk

January 17, 2019

Always that smile. Thankful to have known her.

Laura Steffens

January 16, 2019

Susan was a very empathetic and sympathetic person. If any of her loved ones was struggling, she struggled with; and if joyful she felt the joy too. I saw how faithfully and easily she loved her husband, especially evident during the years his health was declining. I will miss our long talks on the phone, and meals at the Italian Oven. The heirloom scrapbooks she made of our kids are a precious physical reminder of her. But mostly I think I'll remember her by a saying she liked, "People won't remember you for what you did, but for how you made them feel."

Emily Romblom

January 16, 2019

Another great Panther laid to rest. I will never forget her smile on those rare occasions when she passed me in the hallways at school. Sending love, prayers, and comfort to the family during this difficult time.