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Coralynn Steffen

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Coralynn Alice Manchee Steffen Bonita Springs, FL

Coralynn Alice Manchee Steffen passed away on February 16, 2014 at Hope Hospice, Joanne's House in Bonita Springs, following a short illness. She was born July 20, 1928 in Chicago, IL to Reginald and Marguerite Manchee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother and sister-inlaw, Kenneth and Shirley Manchee.

In band at Taft High School, her relationship with her sweetheart, John R. Steffen, began. In 1945 she graduated third in their class and then attended Lawrence College in Appleton, WI where she was a photographer for the school newspaper and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. John enlisted in the Navy and shortly after the war ended, they married and moved to Champaign, IL where he attended the University of Illinois and they started their family. They also lived in Park Ridge, IL, St. Paul, MN, Mason City, IA, and Norwood Park, IL, until moving to Marion, IL where their children all graduated from high school.

Coralynn will be dearly missed by her husband, John; and their children, Jeanne (Tom) Jurco, Susan Steffen (Bob Whetstine), Mark Steffen (Dawn Marlin), Cindy (Ed) Jackson; grandchildren, Megan (Bill) Gladstone, Katie (Nick) Parchert, Heather (Ray) Packingham, Matthew Steffen, Jonathan (Kendal) Jackson, Michael Steffen, Jenna Jackson, and Zoe Lillig; and great-grandchildren, Cole Gladstone, Blake Parchert, Chase Gladstone, Riley Parchert, and Luke Jackson.

Ever smiling and supportive, Coralynn planted seeds of friendship in every locale and had groves of friends with whom she corresponded and shared news. She was active in the Presbyterian Church since childhood and served as an elder, deacon, usher, library aide, and on many committees, including Apples of Gold, where she mentored young women. Coralynn was seldom still, except possibly when accompanying John on business trips or other road trips to visit their children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, and even then she would be knitting personalized Christmas stocking, or reading and journaling.

In 1995, Coralynn and John moved to Worthington Country Club in Bonita Springs, FL where she tutored for the Literacy Council, served on several WCC committees, played tennis, golf, duplicate bridge, and walked several miles daily; she was known as the 'Energizer Bunny.' Her smile, energy and her enthusiastic interest in those in her life will be missed by all.

Coralynn's memorial service will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, 9751 Bonita Beach Road.

Published in Naples Daily News on Feb. 22, 2014
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