Agnes Bernice Steinhoff

Agnes Bernice Steinhoff, a resident of Topeka, Kansas, went to God’s open arms peacefully on February 1, 2020 at the age of 93, with her loving family by her side. Born on September 21, 1926 in Bancroft, Iowa, to the late Francis X. and Christina M. (Kellen) Wilhelmi. Agnes was the youngest and the last survivor of their family of 4 brothers and 5 sisters. She married the late Donald William Steinhoff on July 9, 1949. They moved to California where they raised 7 children, retired in Boone, Iowa in 1990, and settled with famiy in Topeka, Kansas in 2002.
She was the loving mother of Christina Kempainnen of Pahrump, Nevada, Glenna Corvin of Roanoke, Virginia, Gene (Bambi) Steinhoff of Ventura, California, Elaine (David) Sutherland of Topeka, Kansas, Donna (David) Scheerer of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jeffery (Janet) Steinhoff of Simi Valley, California and Michael (Jennie) Steinhoff of Topeka, Kansas. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 31 great children, several cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
As a young girl fresh out of cosmetology school, Agnes and parents bought a beauty shop in Boone, Iowa where she met Don. Upon marrying Don, they moved to California where she devoted most of her time caring for her family. She was a remarkable cook and seamstress, was an avid reader and bowler (in earlier years), loved puzzle books (it kept her mind sharp) and putting together jigsaw puzzles. She also loved to communicate with family, friends and extended family via letters and social media. She did all the things she loved to do right up until her passing.
Agnes was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Topeka, Kansas. Upon Agnes’ request, there will be no services, only a quiet family gathering. The family would like to thank Interim HealthCare for caring for their mother. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Matthew Catholic Church at 1000 SE 28th St, Topeka, KS 66605, or Mary’s Choices at 551 NW Broad Street, Topeka, KS.

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  1. I met Agnes in Boone as a volunteer. She was was fun, caring and always ready for a conversation. She was a wonderful person and volunteer and someone I am happy I crossed paths with.

  2. Agnes was beautiful and lived life as a wonderful example of God’s daughter. We’ll remember her as a loving matriarch of many, as quick witted with sharp humor, and seated in the front row of St. Matthew’s leading rosary for years. We pray for the Steinhoff family and thank Agnes for her wonder example.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss! I have wonderful childhood memories growing up on Harold Avenue in Simi Valley, California. I truly enjoyed keeping in contact with Agnes on Facebook. I will miss her. She is dancing in heaven with Don! Love to the family.

  4. I was only honored to be around Agnes a few times! What a lady…she was honest and to the point! She was very special and I know she will be missed!! I can see her and Don holding hands right now and dancing!
    So sorry for your loss!
    Leslie Miller

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