Ruth Ann Steuer, “Dottie” 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Cedar Bay Assisted Living in Elkhart Lake, WI.

Dottie was born to Charles and Erma (Shimek) Kaderabek on January 25, 1927, at home on the family farm in Branch. She attended the one room school house in Branch, Wilson Jr. High, and graduated from Lincoln High, class of 1944. Dottie married Benno Steuer on June 26, 1948, and they raised their five children on the family farm in Branch.

Over the years Dottie was very generous with her time and talents. She was involved with the Branch Homemakers and Branch Busy Bees 4-H club as the Club leader for many years. She was one of the original founders of the Branch Area Community Park. Dottie loved gardening and was known for her green thumb and exceptional produce. She also loved softball, having pitched until she was in her mid-60s and coaching into her 70s. Hundreds of young people were the recipients of her knowledge, guidance, and coaching skills.

Survivors include Dottie and Ben’s children: Jim (Kay) Steuer, Branch; Jeff (Amy) Steuer, Madison; Nancy (Keith) Keil, Scottsdale, AZ; Jayne (Kurt) Birkholz, Elkhart Lake; and Jon Steuer, La Crosse; 10 grandchildren, Jay (Holly) Steuer, Katie (Adam) Meyers; Casey, Beth and Kate Steuer; Matt Keil, Erika (Nick) Orman; Will Birkholz; Meg and Caroline Steuer. Dottie was preceded in death by her husband Benno in 2016, her parents, and her 10 siblings and their spouses.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home.

Relatives and friends could call at the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home on Sunday from 12 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. A reception immediately followed at the Harrigan Parkside Gathering Center located on the south property of the funeral home. Burial took place on Monday, April 9, at 9:00 a.m. at Branch Evergreen Cemetery.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), c/o Jeff Steuer, 5512 Ethelwyn Road, Madison, WI 53713, or The Branch Area Community Park, c/o Jim Steuer, 6823 Tall Oaks Road, Manitowoc, WI 54220.

The Steuer family would like to thank the Cedar Bay staff and the staff of Sharon S. Richardson Hospice for the exceptional and loving care they provided their Mother.

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The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home and Crematory, North 11th and St. Clair streets, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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