Joanne "Joey" Steichen


April 9, 1926 - August 25, 2021


Joanne “Joey” Steichen, 95, of Mitchell, SD, died Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Mass of Christian Burial has been canceled, Due to Covid-19 exposure. A graveside service will be at 10:30 AM Tuesday, August 31, at St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Cemetery in Woonsocket, SD. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Monday, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Mary Joanne Steichen was born April 9, 1926 to Almar and Allye (Hazen) Bratsberg in Woonsocket, SD.   

She graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1944, attended 2 years of college at Carlton College and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1948. On August 19, 1948, she married Kenneth Steichen in Woonsocket. Joey worked at Sanborn County Bank for 1.5 years. 

They moved to their farm near Spencer, SD in December 1954, where they farmed for 57 years and raised 5 children. In 2011, they moved to Mitchell and became members of Holy Family Catholic Church.  Joey's love and devotion of family has been instilled in the hearts of her children and grandchildren to be passed on to future generations. She was a 4-H leader for 19 years, member of St. Peters Church (Farmer, SD), member of the altar society where she held many offices, directed the young parishioners guitar choir, church organist, Red Hats member and taught piano lessons. She enjoyed dancing, reading, traveling, playing cards and recreational gambling.

Joey is survived by two sons: Jim (Jan) of Sunnyvale, CA and Dennis (Shelly), of Raleigh, NC; three daughters: Kathy (Neil) Cauley of Excelsior, MN, Polly (Rod) Huber of Alexandria, SD, and Pam Olinger of Sioux Falls, SD; fourteen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband (Kenneth), parents, sister, Phyllis, husband, Tom R. Brisbine, two grandchildren, and one son-in-law, Michael Olinger.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Cancer Society.


Monday, August 30, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


None Scheduled


10:30 AM Tuesday, August 31, 2021
St. Wilfrid's Catholic Cemetery
Woonsocket, SD

Posted by Bob Schultz on September 2, 2021
So sorry to hear of your loss - my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Joey was always very nice and meant a lot to me growing up on the farm just down the road! She always had a kind word and cookies to serve - very thankful to know her.
Posted by S. Joyce Feterl on August 30, 2021
I enjoyed visiting her so much. Prayers for her family.
Posted by Dan & Ruth Olinger on August 29, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to all the family. Joey was a special lady & we will miss visiting with her. Thinking of you all.
Posted by Judy brisbine on August 29, 2021
Thanksgiving at Joey was the best
Posted by Dean Steichen on August 29, 2021
I always loved seeing Kenny and Joey. They always made me laugh. I think of them often. My sympathy and prayers are with the family.
Posted by Betty Prouty on August 28, 2021
So sorry to hear of your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ❤️🙏❤️🙏
Posted by Winberg Family on August 28, 2021
Sending our prayers!
Posted by Barbara Simmons on August 28, 2021
I have so many great memories of Joey. She was a good friend of my mother Marilyn Papendick. As one of the neighborhood moms, she treated us all as family. God has received another beautiful Angel.
Posted by Maurine Uhre on August 27, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to Joey's family. We played cards with she and Kenny and I knew her when she still worked in Woonsocket. Maurine Uhre/Charles Pekas
Posted by Miriam Strong on August 27, 2021
Oh, the many, many lives she touched teaching piano lessons. She fostered my love of classical piano music. The memory of her and the lessons is etched in my heart. Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Monica (Schneider) Huber on August 27, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear!! I have many fond memories of Kenny and Joey playing cards with my parents well into the night. They loved to go dancing and had a blast on their many trips to Vegas. Your parent’s relationship was an inspiration to so many. Sympathy, hugs and prayers for all of you.
Posted by Joann Smith on August 27, 2021
Heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your Mother. May the many wonderful memories fill your heart.
Posted by Kathy Scheible on August 27, 2021
Sending heartfelt condolences to the entire Steichen family. Thinking of you in this time of loss. Ninety-five years of life and a wonderful legacy left. Mark and Kathy🙏
Posted by Ken & Carol Johnson on August 27, 2021
Sending our deepest sympathy to all family members … sorry for your loss,
Posted by Connie M Hill on August 26, 2021
So sorry for the loss of Aunt Joey. She was always so cheerful and full of energy.
Posted by RENE Steichen on August 26, 2021
So sorry to hear of her passing, she will be missed, loved talking with her. . We always had a few good laughs
Posted by Marcy Wolf on August 26, 2021
We spent many times with them dancing playing cards and yes Red Hats. They even took our dance kessons just for fun. She always had a smile and coffee pot always on. Sympathy to everyone of you. Rest in peace Joey💞
Posted by Cindy Ishmael on August 26, 2021
So sorry to hear this 😢😢enjoyed every minute of my time spent seeing her when I spent time at there house when spending time with Pam ...always smiling and fun to talk to ...
Posted by Marge Wagner on August 26, 2021
Sorry for your loss you have my sympathy and prayers
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