September 26, 1930 ~ April 2, 2010
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.