Ferdinand Steinlage

ferdinand steinlage
Ferdinand Steinlage, age 79, of New Hampton, IA died on Friday, April 2, 2010 at his home, north of Jerico, with his family gathered around him. Ferdinand Alfred Steinlage was born September 26, 1930 to Anton and Julia (Langreck) Steinlage on the family farm near St. Lucas. Ferdie later earned his GED in 1987 as a surprise to his family. On February 8, 1952 Ferdie entered the U.S. Marine Corps, serving his country in the Korean War. He received his honorable discharge as a Sergeant on February 1, 1954. Ferdie was united in marriage to Margaret Burke on June 7, 1954, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Waucoma, IA. The couple farmed near St. Lucas until 1957 when they moved to their present farm north of Jerico. Ferdie enjoyed playing cards, farming for which he was awarded two conservation awards, woodworking, making wood crafts for his family and friends. He loved his faith and carried his rosary with him at all times. Ferdie also enjoyed being with family and friends, singing to his children and grandchildren, family reunions and Steeple Days at Lourdes. He was on the parish council at St. Patricks in Jerico, Sacred Heart Church at Reilly Ridge, and Our Lady of Lourdes at Lourdes. Ferdie was a member of the Knights of Columbus of New Hampton, New Hampton American Legion, and Lourdes Activity Committee. Ferdie is survived by his wife Margaret; his nine children James (Merry) Steinlage of Hawkeye, Jane (Wes) Wolf of Nashua, Donna (Doug) Koebrick of Charles City, Doris (Scott) Anderson of Lawler, Alice (Richard) Miller of New Hampton, Alan (Kim) Steinlage of New Hampton, Wayne Steinlage of New Hampton, Wanda (Kevin) Tierney of Charles City, Ivan (Angela) Steinlage of St. Charles, IA; 22 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters Rosie Bouska of Hawkeye, IA, Betty (Albert) Matt of Clermont, IA, Franny (Arthur) Matt of Castalia, IA; three brothers Florian (Leona) Steinlage of West Union, Tony (Monica) Steinlage of Decorah, Nick (Dorothy) Steinlage of West Union; and one sister-in-law Corina Steinlage of New Hampton. Ferdie was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson Isaiah Tierney; two brothers Herman Steinlage and Leo Steinlage; and one brother-in-law John Bouska. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the family. Cemetery: Burial will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery in Lourdes, IA with Ferdinands nine children serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be 4-8 pm on Monday, April 5, 2010 with a rosary at 4:30 pm and a scriptural wake service at 7:00 pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton, IA. Visitation will continue at the church hall one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Service: Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA.

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  1. Margaret and family, I have enjoyed knowing your family. Wayne was always very proud of all of you, and rightfully so. Your hayrides and picnics were the best. You have a very loving family, and my hope is that all of you find comfort in knowing what a wonderful husband and Father Ferddie was . I am sure that his faith will carry him home. May he rest in peace. Sincerely, Mary Buckendahl (Mary B.)

  2. Sorry to hear of Ferdie’s passing. Our prayers are with you as we are still in south TX so cannot be there for you.
    Just know that Ferdie is with the risen Lord and ‘at home’

  3. Thinking of you during this time as you all walk down memory lane of your times with your Husband and Father. I think of the many visits to your farm through the years.

  4. To all of you guys, I’m so sorry to here about Ferdinand .Our prays are with you at this time. Take care Jean < or if Wayne talking he would said Hackman did it.>

  5. Wanda and the entire Steinlage Family… We want to express our deepest sympathies for your loss – our thoughts & prayers will be with you during your healing time. Your dad is in such a wonderful place right now. God needed a very special angel and he chose one of the best! Sending our love.. Pam, Jeff and Nicholas Novotny

  6. Wanda, Your dad chose a special day to go in peace, Good Friday, the day that Jesus passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time and the days ahead. Your special memories that you have of your dad will always be in your heart ! I give you a big hug! Love, Karen

  7. To all of the Steinlage family. I am so sorry for your loss. Ferdi was the most adorable man ever. You don’t find anyone like him anymore. I have been thinking about all the great times at the farm. No matter if we were butchering or working with horseradish or milking cows, we always seemed to have the greatest times. Of course milking the cows with Jane was some of the greatest times ever. (A lot of times in our bare feet) I was also thinking about the time Ferdi was teaching me how to drive the combine. I wasn’t doing well at all, but he was always so patient. Thank you Ferdi and Margaret for the greatest times of my life. I am so glad I got the chance to be a part of your lives. To Margaret, Jim, Jane, Donna, Doris, Alice, Alan, Wayne, Wanda & Ivan, you are all in my prayers. Love, Jodi

  8. To all of you–So sorry to hear the loss of Ferdinand, his memories will forever remain in your hearts. I knew all about you when we attended New Hampton schools. You have been a wonderful family that he would have been proud. Take Care!

  9. To Margaret and the Steinlage family, I am so sorry to hear of Ferdinand’s passing. I remember visiting back when we were all growing up, and it was always fun to go to the Steinlages’. I hope all of your good memories will give you strength in the days ahead. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ann

  10. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I am SO glad i got to be a part of Ferdie and family’s lives for the past few months. He sure will be missed!! Will always think of you all!

  11. I will be thinking of you and the family, Angie. I know your father-in-law was a wonderful man and will be missed tremendously. Let me know if there is anything I do to make this time less difficult for you.

  12. Our prayers are with you all. This is a sad time for you all, but we have to remember that he is not hurting any more and that God is with his every step. Our love to you all and a kiss to Tony and Monica as well.

  13. I am thinking about you Beth and the entire family of your grandfather. Hope all of you will find the peace you are in search of at this time. — Connie

  14. Jane – As i read these condolences about all the fun at the farm growing up. Your dad sounds like a very loving caring father. Cherish all them memories. Thinking of you at this difficult time. We will have a good parking lot visit soon!!

  15. To Alice and Richard and the entire Steinlage family, there are many who share in the hurt of your loss and are thinking of you in this time of sorrow. I hope you will soon be able to cherish in the many wonderful memories, discover joys in the moments of delight that was shared and find peace in the memory that lives on forever.

  16. Hi Margaret and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Ferdie. I have no doubt that he will missed by everyone that knew him. He always laughed so much and always had a smile on his face. My condolences to the family. Wishing you all the best, my prayers are with you.

    Best to all,
    Mary Falconer,
    Eric and
    Husband Steve Bailey

  17. You have my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. You will have kind memories of him always.

    Mike Shatek

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