Rebecca A. Steffes

March 8, 1934 Dec. 22, 2013

Becky Steffes, age 79, died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 22, after a brief battle with lung cancer, surrounded by family at her New Berlin home.

Born in Edgerton, Minn., on March 8, 1934, Becky was married for 45 years to her loving husband, John Steffes. She was an active and caring mother and grandmother. She worked for many years as a librarian at Carroll College in Waukesha. Becky was a tireless promoter of social justice issues within her beloved Unitarian Universalist Church. When not advocating for the poor and dispossessed, Becky loved spending time with her extensive family and reading good books.

Becky was preceded in death by her three sisters, and is survived by seven children: Mary (Randy), John (Grace), Daniel (Beth), James, Ann, Marguerite (Dan Lane), and Jennifer (Andrew Stewart); 12 grandchildren, Megan, Kathryn, Rebecca, Erin, Zachary, Jacob, Dylan, Tiffany, Charlotte, Jonathan, Oona, and Cole; and her energetic dog Porkchop.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church West, 13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield, WI 53005.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Running Rebels Community Organization, 1300A W. Fond du Lac Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53205;

Hartson Funeral Home, 11111 Janesville Road, Hales Corners, WI 53130, is serving the family. For more information, call 414-425-9797.