Adeline T. Steffel

  • Born: June 24, 1921
  • Died: June 17, 2019
  • Location: Spring Lake, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Adeline (Addie) Therese Steffel, nee Safranski, age 97, Spring Lake resident passed away June 17, 2019. She was born June 24, 1921 to the late John (a.k.a. Jeff) and Josephine Safranski, nee Mankowski, in Chicago, Illinois. Beloved wife of 49 years to the late Vern J. Steffel, Sr. She is survived by her four children; Jeff Steffel (Pam) of Springport, Michigan, Vern, Jr. Steffel (Cindy) of Greenville, South Carolina, Jo Ellen Turransky (Neal) of Orland Park, Illinois, and James Steffel (Sheila) of Spring Lake, Michigan, nine grandchildren; Lukas Steffel, Sean Steffel, Jameson Steffel, Sarah Turransky, Aaron Turransky, Gabrielle Steffel, Scott Turransky (Ann), Corkum Nash (Ryan), and Jessica Hurd (Mike) and one great-grandchild, Sheridan Nash.

Addie was always volunteering at her church, hospitals, food depositories, schools, and various organizations often acting as treasurer or secretary. Before moving to Spring Lake in September of 2015, she was a life member of the V.F.W. 565 where she served at secretary and treasurer in the ladies auxiliary, she was a member of the St. Philip council of Catholic Women in Battle Creek and served as treasurer for 12 years and treasurer for St. Martha's Circle for 20 years at the same parish, was a reading mentor with the HOST program with Battle Creek Schools for 16 years and treasurer for her condominium. Prior to living in Battle Creek, she lived in Ann Arbor and Grand Junction where she volunteered with various organizations as well.
Before retiring, Addie worked as a secretary for Ann Arbor Public Schools, St Francis Catholic School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Budreck Truck lines in Chicago, Illinois.

She was an avid reader and shopper. She loved playing cards, bowling and traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 9:00A.M. to 10:30A.M. on Friday June 21, 2019 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 105 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, Michigan. The viewing will be followed by an 11:00A.M. Mass at St Phillip Roman Catholic Church located at 92 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of North Ottawa Community or the St. Philip Council of Catholic Women in Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just learned of my Godmothers going home to heaven to to meet the God she loved so much. I was very young the last time I saw her, as she and my mother were best friends. I remember her abounding joyfulness, her warm smile and her thoughtfulness toward me as her God daughter. I lost my mother 20 years ago, so I know the loss all of her loved ones feel. She was an incredible lady...I have been very close to God in my Christian life, and I know her prayers for me kept me close to God's heart. Draw close to the God that loves you, and look for her communion with you in the spirit. She is our heavenly guardian now. She watches over all of us! God bless you all! Goddaughter, Catherine

Posted by Catherine Lawson - Elloree, SC - Family Friend   February 17, 2020

JoEllen, Sorry to read of your mom's death. I had a nice talk with her at your wedding and was glad to share stamps with her. Miss our chats. Love, Leslie

Posted by Leslie Eriksson - ÖREBRO-SWEDEN - Acquaintance   July 08, 2019

Fond memories of Mrs Steffens in the office at St. Francis. At least once a friendly face when in trouble. Was happy to see her again when I came to teach at St. Philip
Ann Sherzer

Posted by A friend   June 25, 2019

What a fabulous, full and long life your Mom enjoyed! So sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful woman! My condolences .

Posted by Diane DeWitt Bockhausen - Howell, MI - Acquaintance   June 21, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I would like to have known her. She sounds like a very remarkable woman. You must have been proud of her. We are making a donation in her name.

Posted by Kathy Digregorio - Framingham, MA - Friend   June 21, 2019

Jeff and Vern,
I'm sorry for the loss of your mother. My condolences go out to both of you.

Posted by Jeff Shouldice - Battle CreekB4hwbu, MI - Friend   June 20, 2019

Steff - sorry to learn about the loss of your mom. I do remember our lunch at the U Club. Frank & Pattie Reynolds

Posted by A friend   June 20, 2019

Your mom sounds like a remarkable woman who lived life to the fullest. Well done, good and faithful servant.
May the wonderful memories of your mom keep her alive in your heart, until you see her again. With sincere sympathy, Carol and Greg Heffner

Posted by Carol Heffner - Spruce, MI   June 20, 2019

Sorry about the loss of your mom, although I did not know her it sounds like she had a wonderful busy life
Jim & Linda Gavigan

Posted by Jim Gavigan - Traverse City, MI - Friend   June 19, 2019

Jeff, sorry to hear of your loss

Posted by Roy Gaddy    June 19, 2019


So very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. May all your memories of her help you and yours during this very difficult time.

Posted by Jimmy Patrick - Bath, MI   June 19, 2019