Deborah Jean Steva

Posted August 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm


April 6, 1947 – Aug. 7, 2013

Deborah Jean Steva age 66, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following a four year battle with cancer.

Funeral Services were held 10:30 Saturday morning, Aug. 10, 2013,  at the United Church of Monticello, with interment in the Monona Cemetery, Monona, Iowa.  Rev. Edwin Moreano officiated at the services.  Friends called from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday at the Goettsch Funeral Home in Monticello.  

Deborah Jean Hall was born April 6, 1947 in Rockford, Ill..  She was the daughter of John and Doris Simonson, Hall.  She graduated from Rockford East High School.   Deborah married Dennis Steva on July 19, 1969 in Rockford, Ill..  The couple lived in Rockford, Monona, Beaman, Lake Mills, Clarence and Fredericksburg, before moving to Monticello in 2007.  Deborah was a homemaker raising her family until 1994 when she went to work as a para-educator at MFL MarMac working with students with disabilities.  She worked as a para-educator in Olin as well.  In Monticello, she was employed at Advancement Services as a job coach. 

Deb was a member of the United Church of Monticello. She loved to cook and make candies and mints.  She enjoyed her Sun Conure named “Bird” and the fish in her backyard pond.  Her greatest joy was being with her grandchildren. 

Surviving are four children: Dawnette (Mark) Cigrand, Monticello; Donald John (D.J.) Steva and his significant other, Ann Whittemore, North Liberty; Darin (Rachel) Steva, Perry; Dustin Steva and partner, Jose Lara, Chicago. In addition, left are eight grandchildren: Dillon and Cody Jamison, Logan and Jordyn Cigrand, Peyton and Natalie Steva, Caden and Callie Steva; two sisters, Dawnelle (Ron) Lorenzen, Rockford, Ill., Doreen (Ted) Liermen, Tampa, Fla.; two brothers, Dennis (Bridget) Hall, Rockford, Ill., and David Hall, Des Moines.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dennis in 2010, and a son Derek in 1994. 

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