Edna Valborg Steffen

Feb. 5, 1931 – Dec. 31, 2019

Edna Steffen, 88,

Bismarck ND, formerly of

Parshall, passed away on

December 31, 2019. Fun-

eral Services will take

place on Saturday, Janu-

ary 4, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.,

at the Bismarck Funeral

Home. Visitation will be-

gin one hour prior to the

service. Burial will take

place at the North Dakota

Veterans Cemetery on

Monday, January 6, 2020,

at 10:00 a.m.

Edna was born on

February 5, 1931 to Swed-

ish immigrants Carl and

Valborg (Eklund) Johnson

on the homestead farm

southwest of Parshall.

She attended country

school, where she learned

to speak English, then

went to Parshall High

School and graduated in

1948. After graduation she

went to business school in

Bismarck and after com-

pletion was employed by


Edna returned to

Parshall and married Har-

ley Steffen on August 26,

1951. They lived in Ft.

Hood, Texas until

Harley’s discharge from

the army.

Harley and Edna moved

to Fargo where he attend-

ed college. They moved

to New Town and started

a custom combining busi-

ness. Edna’s time was de-

voted to caring for their

five children the months

Harley was away combin-ing.

In 1964 they moved to

Edna’s parents’ farmstead

southwest of Parshall

where they farmed and

continued the combining

operation. Later they built

a new home closer to

town which was des-

troyed by a fire in 2003.

They rebuilt their home

and lived there until mov-

ing to Bismarck in 2012.

Harley passed away in

March of 2015 and Edna

moved into Valley View

Assisted Living and 2

years later to Missouri

Slope Lutheran Care


Edna was a very active

member of the Parshall

American Legion Auxili-

ary, First Lutheran

Church of Parshall and

Happy Homemakers. She

enjoyed baking and

preparing for holidays

and was happiest when

everyone was together for

family gatherings. Edna

and Harley both loved

music, dancing and trav-

eling in later years.

Edna is survived by her

five children: Kim

(Myron) Ranum, Kay Stef-

fen, Harley (Carla) Stef-

fen, William (Karla) Stef-

fen, Donn (Marcia) Stef-

fen; her seven grandchil-

dren: Michael (Leann) Ra-

num, Kayla (Justin) Soine,

Jessica (Alex) Philion, Lo-

gan Steffen, Hunter Stef-

fen, Tyler Steffen and Ha-

ley Steffen; her four

great-grandchildren: Kel-

lan Soine, Kannon Soine,

Cora Philion and Banx

Philion; her brother

Russell (Sandy) Johnson,

her brother- in-law Keith

Satermo and nieces and


Edna was preceded in

death by her husband of

63 years, Harley Steffen,

her parents Carl and Val-

borg Johnson and her sis-

ter Carleen Satermo.

Edna’s family would

like to thank the staff at

Missouri Slope Lutheran

Care Center for the special

care that she was given

during her stay there.

In lieu of flowers,

memorials can be sent to

ND Veterans Cemetery or

First Lutheran Church of


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