Obituary of Betty Ann Kirwan
Lake Andes - Betty (Steffen) Kirwan, 87, died at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls, SD on Sunday, August 9, 2020. Rosary will be Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Lake Andes, SD with visitation following. Memorial service will be Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Lake Andes, SD following the visitation. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cathlic Cemetery in Spencer, NE at a later date.
Betty Ann Steffen was born August 24, 1932 at her parent’s farm South of Colome, SD. She was the fifth of eight children born to Friederich and Josephine (Schroeder) Steffen. She attended rural school and then graduated from Colome High School in 1950. Betty then attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD. In August 1951, she started teaching rural school by Colome, SD. Her yearly salary was $1,557.
On April 24, 1954, she married Daniel Duane Kirwan. They farmed in the Randall Valley and she taught rural school south of Lake Andes. They moved to Pickstown, SD in 1970.
Throughout her life she enjoyed tending her plants (she had a green thumb) and gardening, canning and baking, word finds and a good game of cribbage or scrabble. She was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, a 4-H leader and VFW Auxiliary.
Betty is survived by her two children: Fred (Sally) Kirwan of Pickstown, SD and Nancy Kirwan of Sioux Falls, SD; grandson Austin (Natalie) Donley of Sioux Falls, SD, brother Jack ‘Fritz’ Steffen of Winner, SD and sister Doris Zimmerle of Huntsville, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers: Leonard, Bob and Vic Steffen, two sisters: Helen Steffen and Stella Doty.
In Loving Memory
1932 - 2020
821 Main St,
11 N. Main St.,
Lake Andes, SD
309 W. Main St.,
PO Box 928 Parkston, SD
218 Main St., Stickney, SD
125 S. Corse St., Corsica, SD
220 S. Main Ave., Geddes, SD