Steven C. Pahnke

May 30, 1947August 17, 2014
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Steven Charles Pahnke, 67 of Machesney Park passed away August 17, 2014. Born May 30, 1947 in Hazel Green, WI; he was the son of Walter A. and Lorraine L. (Wurm) Pahnke. He married Linda Adams on July 8, 1969 in Gersfeld, Germany. Employed at Amberwood Care Centre for 19 years, Steven retired from the U.S. Air Force after 25 years of dedicated service to his country. An avid Green Bay Packers fan, Steven enjoyed cake decorating, gardening, and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Linda Pahnke; sons, Paul, Gregory (Yvonne), Scott (Kristi), and David Pahnke; daughter, Heather (Brian) Mattura; 12 grandchildren; brother, Larry (Glenda) Pahnke; sisters, Lynette Warner, Joan (Roger) Goepfert, and Geri (Jerry) Quincy; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents. Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday, August 23, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park. Visitation, 6 – 9 p.m. Friday, August 22 at the funeral home. Interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be submitted at


  • Visitation Friday, August 22, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 23, 2014

Steven C. Pahnke

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Heather Mattura

September 13, 2015

Dad, I can't believe it's been a little over a year since I heard your voice and your laugh. I have missed you so much. There have been so many days I have tried to pick up my phone to tell you something and remembered I couldn't. Today is the Bears vs Packers game and I wish we could watch it together. These days are the days I miss giving you a hard time. I would give anything to hear your voice or give you a hug again. I love you and will see you again someday. Go Bears! :)

Love your baby girl!

John West

September 12, 2015

Here it is, Sept-2015 and I spent a few minutes to read all of things remembered about Steve. He was a gardener who liked to help things grow. Steve will be missed by me and so many others, but he can never be forgotten.

August 17, 2015

Thinking of you today not that it is different from any other day but thought I would write in here. Thinking of some of the things we did when we were growing up on the farm. What fun we had with the Donkeys, Blackie and Red. Going to the fair and so many other things. I could go on forever.
Not to mention other things when we would get together and when you lived with us. Just so you know we miss you every single day and always will. I think of all the things people say about if we had only known it would have been our last day together, our last hug or last I Love you words we would hear maybe we would have said so much more but only God knows when our last day is and he had his reason for needing you a year ago. My heart aches when I think of you but then I smile when I think of the great memories we have and the times we had. I Love you and Miss you but know that you are at Peace and watching over us along with the rest of the family up there. Love you ALWAYS. Your Sis

April 3, 2015

Here comes Easter and I can't help but think of the Easter candy we made and the fun we had. Love and miss you everyday. Your little Sis

October 31, 2014

Missing you today (and every day). It's Halloween and we always discussed how many kids we get and the costumes they wore. Then we get together for coffee. Today we can't do that but those memories will be with us always. I Love you.


September 19, 2014

Miss you Brother(in-Law), miss talking to my Packer Buddy about the games.
Love you and will Miss you Always.

Glenda Pahnke

September 19, 2014

Memories and more Memories of good old belly laughs around the kitchen table. Love you LOTS and will miss you forever.

September 17, 2014

We lay to rest a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, friend and dedicated Serviceman, MSgt Steve C Pahnke. Many great memories will keep him in our hearts forever. May he rest in peace.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. You will be greatly missed. Larry & Glenda

Tiff (Barry-Wolff) Koshiol

September 17, 2014

I think I took this photograph of Steve. My name is Tiff (Barry-Wolff) Koshiol, and I was the manager at the Sears Portrait Studio from 1983-1991. Your names rang a bell when I saw the notice in the Rapid City Journal. So nice to see you have treasured this photo, and I hope it brings you memories and comfort. Bless you all.

September 15, 2014

I don't know where to start. Thanks for the many memories of growing up on the farm, 4H, school and then you joining the Air Force to getting married, having a family and then coming to live with us until you found your home. There are so many more that we will keep in our hearts. What great times we had. Thank you for being a Wonderful Loving Big Brother and Friend. I Love and miss you so much.

Love your baby sister,
Geri Jo

Now who is going to water my flowers?