Faye Arlene Wintersteen


May 30, 1945 - September 3, 2011


Faye Arlene Wintersteen was born May 30, 1945, in Mitchell, to Floyd and Ruby (Nord) Briggs. She grew up and attended school in Mitchell and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1963. After graduating from the Mankato Business College in Mankato, MN, she returned to Mitchell. She was employed with the South Dakota Department of Social Services in Mitchell for 44 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school. Her main joy in life was her children, grandchildren and family.

She is survived by two sons: Chad Jansen of Mitchell, Keith Wintersteen and wife Jeana of Spearfish, one daughter, Michelle Heckenliable and husband Kurt of York, NE, her mother, Ruby Briggs of Mitchell, one sister, Sheryl Kelly and husband Russell of Yardley, PA, one brother, Larry Briggs of Quincy, FL, three grandchildren: Tyler Heckenliable, Kelsey Wintersteen, and Megan Wintersteen. She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd and brother, Thomas.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.


None Scheduled


Wednesday, September 7, 2011
2:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Jacquelyn and Orlan Ranstrom on October 8, 2011
Our condolences and prayers are with you all during the lost of Faye. I have known Faye since our days at Mankato Business College. Yes, a truly wonderful, caring, strong, and fun friend whom I will miss and cherish, always. Yes she is, indeed, in a much better place now and definitely an angel in heaven.
Posted by Sherry Carlson Nesheim on September 13, 2011
I had the pleasure of working with Faye when I worked for Social Services and when I was the social worker for Canistota Good Samaritan. She was a great coworker and friend and I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers to her family.
Posted by Brian and Tabetha on September 7, 2011
Chad and family-thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time and always. May you find comfort knowing your Mom, Grandma, Sister is at peace and heaven has a new angel.
Love and prayers
Posted by Bobbie Williams on September 6, 2011
My sympathies to Faye's family. I had the great honor of working with her. She was a great person to know. My thoughts are with you all.
Posted by Sherry Tucker on September 6, 2011
Faye and I have been friend since we were in kindergarten, all through high school, marriages, and beyond. I consider her my best childhood friend; she was always an anchor for me. Faye was one of the strongest, bravest persons I have ever known and I will miss her terribly. BFF, Sherry
Posted by Stephen A. Kelly on September 6, 2011
My condolences to the Briggs family on the loss of Faye. At this sad time, my thoughts are with your family.
Posted by Susan and Kevin Kelly on September 6, 2011
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
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