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Elli Steffan passed away at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen on Dec. 1, 2011 after succumbing to a brief illness.
She was born August 8, 1936 in Schontal, Poland to the late Emilie Kruger and Heinrich Henschel as the eldest of three children. After World War II, the Henschel family moved to Germany, where her siblings and extended family still reside.
After moving to Canada at the young age of 17, she met the love of her life, Edward Steffan. They were married on September 5, 1956 and moved to the United States of America, where they proudly became naturalized U.S. citizens. After traveling across the country, they ended up in Castro Valley, California where they lived for several years. This is also where their two children, Renee Rebecca Steffan and Edward Roy Steffan were born.
Elli's life was one of great adventure, traveling the world and living in different states and countries over the years. This life was one filled with many friendships, laughter and love.
Eventually Elli and Edward settled in Aladdin Villas in Mission to enjoy their retirement.
Elli led an active lifestyle and enjoyed making beautiful art out of stained glass, ceramics, painting, and Hardanger.
Elli walked almost every day in addition to exercising every morning and many afternoons with her friends. One of Elli's proud accomplishments was logging over 2,000 miles in one year at the age of 74. Her friends and family admired her tenacity and discipline.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Edward and Margo Steffan of Bryan and daughter and son-in-law Renee R. Steffan and Daniel Sinclair of Sugar Land. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Leilani Steffan, Sarah Steffan, Heather Steffan, Edward Steffan, Hannah Steffan, Austin Sinclair and Hayden Sinclair, as well as five great-grandchildren. In addition she is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Erika and Hans Rosenbaum, brother and sister-in-law Oskar and Marianne Henschel, nieces Evelyn, Miriam, and nephew Ingo along with their extended families.
Elli was preceded in death by her parents, Heinrich Henschel and Emilie Kruger, and her husband, Edward Steffan.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with a Celebration of Life Service at 10:30 a.m. at Virgil Wilson Memorial Chapel in Mission. A reception will be held at the Hacienda Room in Aladdin Villas from 12 to 2 p.m.
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