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Reyers North Valley Chapel

2815 Fuller Ave Ne, Grand Rapids, MI

OBITUARY

Frederick Joseph Steffens

January 4, 1930September 1, 2019
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Frederick J. Steffens went to his heavenly home on September 1, 2019 at age 89. He was the son of Carl and Florence (Jost) Steffens of Comstock Park. Fred was preceded in death by his parents and all his siblings: brothers, Edwin (Gert), Albert, Arthur (Ima) and sisters, Mary Ann (Maurice) Grose and Phyllis (Bob) VanKeuren; his son-in-law Gary Juhlin and infant son Freddy. Surviving are Christine, his wife of 66 years, children Dennis (Mary Jo) Steffens, Nadine (Dan) Zarzecki, Mary (Greg Tusch) Juhlin, Gary Steffens, Michelle Yoder, Robert (Barbara Lukasik) Steffens, and James (Toni) Steffens. Grandchildren Ryan (Liz), Travis (Kaelee) and Sarah Steffens; Nadia, Adam (Casey) Zarzecki and Tanya (Jen) Lascari; David (Stephanie) and Dana Juhlin; Raymond and Melissa Yoder; and Zachary Simms. Great grandchildren, Tobias, Rohen, Melanie, Izaiah, and Madelyn. Sister-in-law Marge Steffens and several nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family. Fred proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer Robert A. Owens. Upon discharge he worked as a custom sheet metal fabricator in area shops. Fred was a loyal fan of the Tigers, Lions and MSU teams. He also coached and supported his children in all their school and sporting events. Fred enjoyed traveling with family to many interesting areas in the United States, Canada, Europe, Caribbean, and Mexico. Fishing was also a favorite lifelong pastime. Fred was a loving, devoted husband, father, grandpa, and great grandpa who will be sincerely missed. Visitation will be Friday, September 6 from 2-4 and 6-8 at Reyers North Valley Chapel and one hour prior to funeral services at St. Jude Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 11:00 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church with Rev. Tom Page presiding. Military Honors will be conducted with burial at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to VA Outpatient Facility in Wyoming or Hope Network Foundation.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Prayer Service Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 7, 2019

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Dulene Cipriano

September 5, 2019

I am the sister of someone who married into this family, and... as someone who didn't have a relationship with either of my grandfathers, I can only say that Fred was the ideal that anyone could have wished for. He was the quintessential "nice guy" and grandfatherly type that makes a house a warm home. Every impression I have of Fred is of a well-mannered person who is upright and good. My one funny memory is of him smiling and trying to be casually polite at my brother David's wedding reception while one of my severely drunk cousins at our table kept making very raucous and inappropriate comments about everyone. Fred was a class act.

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