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Ann (Watson) Steffes

February 20, 1937 ~ December 14, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Ann Steffes Obituary

Ann was born in Idaho Falls in 1937.  Her father was a beekeeper, but passed away before Ann was in her teenage years.  Her mother was strongly independent, and made her living as a professional photographer, raising Ann and her sister Sabina on her own.  Ann completed her high school in Idaho Falls, and moved to Missoula, where she studied journalism at the University of Missoula.  In the first part of 1962, she met Paul Steffes.  They were married in the fall of that year, and settled in Plains, Montana, where Paul was working for the US Forest Service.

Their son Nick was born in 1966 in Missoula, Montana, and not too long after, Paul moved the family to Grande Prairie to work for the Alberta Forest Service. After a few years, they moved to Edson, into the house they have been in for the last 54 years.  Patrick was born in 1969 at, what was at the time, the new Edson Hospital.  

Ann worked for Alberta Recreation and Parks in Edson for many years at the original Provincial Building on Main Street, and later at the new complex on Second Avenue.  She served as a union steward with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees during this time.  She was downsized during the Klein-years, turning her energy towards an incredible range of volunteer activities in Edson.

 Books were a big part of Ann’s world.  She was involved with the design and planning of the new Edson Library in 1979-1980 and served on the board for many years.  Regular library visits (and to Bill’s Book Exchange in Edson) were frequent family outings.  Ann’s literature interests stretched far and wide, from the great classics to science fiction, and thrillers to obscure world history.  There was no topic that remained unread, and the most wonderfully diverse and obscure titles fill every square inch of the house.

Ann loved music, and she had an enormous record collection that is as comprehensive as her collection of books.   Whether it was Elvis, Pavarotti, Trooper or Pete Seeger, she enjoyed it all.  As the digital world started to erode her ability to play a record, she discovered the “internets.”  This gave her a newfound delight to listen to and watch the great opera classics being performed.

There were few that could challenge Ann in her knowledge of all things.  A game of Trivial Pursuit needed to have special rules for her, or the game was over too fast for everyone else.  She enjoyed the annual Seniors Transportation Society trivia night, and she and her teammates were always at the top of the leader board. 

From her early days, Ann was a prolific volunteer in the community.  She volunteered with the library, the refurbishment of the Red Brick School, the Edson Cultural Heritage Organization, the Edson 100-year reunion, the Parkland Lodge Auxiliary, Family and Community Support Services and probably many more we will never know about. Her love of writing has always remained, and writing stories of the incredible lives of people in the Edson community has been consistent through all of her volunteer projects.

Ann always had a warm smile for those around her and an incredibly clever sense of wit. She dealt with her burdens and challenges with an unbelievable positive attitude: “Everyone has maladies, some are just better at hiding them than others.” Ann leaves behind Paul, her husband of 62 years, her two sons Nick and Pat (Joanne), and three grandchildren. 

Services will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 4803 6th Avenue, Edson, on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at 2:00 PM. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Edson Parkland Lodge Auxiliary Society, sponsoring an hour of music at CKUA, or sending any of your scrap copper over to Paul.

- “So long, and thanks for all of the fish.”   -Douglas Adams

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Funeral Service
December 20, 2023

2:00 PM
Sacred Heart Catholic Parish
4803 6 Ave
Edson, AB T7E 1E1


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