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“JOANIE, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND CONSIDER YOU AND BERNIE ONE OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS. JUST LOOK DOWN ONCE IN A WHILE AND KEEP BERNIE AND I ON THE...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: TOM BECKNELL - KNOXVILLE, TN

“I will always remember Joan as a warm hearted person and treated everyone she met like family. Even though she has passed away the memories that she...Read More »
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“Joan you will be missed. love TOM and KAREN Becknell ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Perry (TOM) Becknell - KNOXVILLE, TN

“We pay tribute to our departed member Joan Steinhauer who has been called from this life to one in the great beyond. Her ship of life has come to...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Christine Drew - Brooklyn Park, MN

“Bernard, Gary and I would like to extend to you, Bernard, our deepest sympathy. Joan was always one of those 'elder' ones at St Casimir's I admired...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Gary and Mary Beth Bushlack - TX

“Aunt Joan was always so sweet and loving. and I remember her coming to PA for family reunions in the summer and our whole family getting together to...Read More »
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“My sister suffered many illnesses and pains but you could never tell from talking to her. Her love of her family filled every conversation. Husband,...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Joseph and Debbe Kavka - Kingsley, PA


Joan Marie (Kavka) Steinhauer, age 84, of Walters, MN, died Thursday, November 27, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea, MN, surrounded by her family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 10:30am at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 4:00 – 7:00pm Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, with a prayer service at 7:00pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Interment will be in the Walters Cemetery with Fr. Thomas Niehaus officiating.
Joan Marie was born September 27, 1930, the daughter of Francis Joseph and Anna Helen (Sweda) Kavka. She grew up in the small coal mining town of Throop, in northeastern Pennsylvania with her 7 brothers and sisters. When family needs allowed her to pursue her dream, she enlisted in the Navy in 1950. Following Basic training, she was transferred to San Diego, CA, where she served as a Disbursing Clerk on the Naval Station. It was during that year on a chance blind date that she met another young sailor, Bernard G. Steinhauer. It was not love at first sight, but their love for each other bloomed, and in late July 1951 they married in the Naval Station Chapel. After her navy service was completed, she became a full time homemaker and had 3 children, Bernard J., Denise, and Arnold. As a Navy wife and mother, she faithfully followed Bernard in his Navy career from California to New York, and then Connecticut. At times she served as both mother and father, while running a "tight ship" of a household during many long submarine deployment separations. When his career of over 22 years in submarines ended, she started the next chapter of her life when the family settled in Minnesota. It was during this time her loving heart would move her to welcome Thomas into the family. One final move would take her to the Steinhauer family farm in Walters, Minnesota, where she found a welcoming community. Here she found peace taking care of her flowers and vegetable garden, as well as her chickens, ducks and geese. She was blessed with 63 years of marriage to the same wonderful man, children who loved her deeply, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Her world always revolved around her family, her church and community involvement, her many friends from the area, as well as her extended Navy family all over the country, and her unwavering Catholic faith. She will always be remembered for her great laugh and smile, her caring for others, her big heart, and her love of God.
Joan is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bernard of Walters, 3 children: Bernard J. (wife Regina) Steinhauer of Easton, MN, Arnold (wife Brenda)Steinhauer of Lakeville, MN, Denise (husband Jay) Klein of Prior Lake, MN, Thomas (wife Rebecca) Steinhauer of Wells, MN; grandchildren Bernard D. (wife Yaylen) Steinhauer, Nathan Steinhauer, Christine Steinhauer (Tharon Wetzel), Megan Klein, Jennifer Klein, Kaitlin Steinhauer; great-grandchildren Harley John Wetzel and Alyssa Julianne Steinhauer; siblings Francis (wife Jean) Kavka, Michael (Wife Patricia) Kavka, Joseph (wife Debbie) Kavka, all of PA; many nieces, nephews and other family members.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters Irene Kavka, Jane Kavka, Mary Rizzo and Ann Medric.