In Loving Memory…

Mildred L. Steffens

Mildred Louise (Sander) Steffens was born January 8, 1933, daughter of Arthur and Frieda (Wagner) Sander in Alma, Missouri and died on February 6, 2019 in Sedalia, Missouri.  She was baptized in the Christian faith by the Rev. A. H. Griesse on January 21, 1933.  She attended grade school at Trinity Lutheran School and was confirmed April 14, 1946 at Trinity Lutheran Church by Rev. A.H. Griesse.  In 1950 she graduated from Alma High school and was then employed at Universal Underwriters in Kansas City.

On September 4, 1955 she was married to Delbert L. Steffens of Cole Camp, Missouri at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alma, Missouri by Rev. A. F. C. Pfotenhauer.  Following their marriage, they resided in Sedalia, Missouri.  They were blessed with three children, James (Jim) and his wife Linda, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Janet Torres, and her husband Anthony, of Lubbock, Texas and Rebecca (Becky) and her husband, Rev. Craig Otto, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  Also dear to her heart were five grandchildren, Zachery (Amy), Jacob (Elizabeth) Steffens, Emma (Chris) Auger, Vincent Otto, and Abigail Torres, and one great grandson, Atticus Steffens.

Mildred’s love of her Lord, her family and friends were her highest priority.

She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She served in many offices on the local and zone level, sang in the church choir, and taught Sunday school.  She supported her children in all their activities throughout their school years.

She worked for Consumers grocery in the bakery department, and for several years in the Head Start program as a teacher’s aide.  Following retirement, she worked on a number of community projects through the Retired Senior Volunteer program.

She is survived by her husband, Delbert, children, James (Jim) and wife Linda, Janet and husband Anthony, Rebecca (Becky) and husband Craig, five grandchildren, one great grandson, brother Edward Sander (Barbara) of Alma, Missouri, and many friends and relatives.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, sister Dorthy Joan, son-in-law Wes Sydow, and brother-in-law Arnold Steffens.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sedalia with Pastor Jeremy Freeman officiating.

Interment at Highland Sacred Gardens.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s Lutheran School, or Concordia Seminary St. Louis student fund.

Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.




  1. Harry and Janice Hoover

    Mildred was a wonderful friend to everyone she came into contact with. I remember the hours and days she sat with my mother in law as she was undergoing cancer treatment. Mildred always had a smile and something positive to say. She will be missed. Condolences to the family.

  2. Donna (Ehlers) Smith

    Sorry for your loss, Prayers for your family for peace during this difficult time.

  3. Our prayers to all family. I’m sure my mom (Ruth Hink) is laughing with her in heaven! Peace and Comfort to you in the promise of the resurrection of our Lord and Saco.

  4. Mildred was a kind, Christian woman who was a friend and role model to all. We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Delbert and their family! We will miss her very much.
    Diane and Dean Ringen

  5. Bill and Shirley Neff

    Please accept our prayers and sympathy to the entire family on the death of Mildred. She was a considered and kind lady.

    Bill and Shirley Neff

  6. What a wonderful woman of God, who is present with her Lord Jesus Christ!
    So many great memories to comfort you all, until you see her again.
    She will be missed by all who knew her .

  7. What a wonderful woman of God, who is present with her Lord Jesus Christ!
    So many great memories to comfort you all, until you see her again.
    She will be missed by all who knew her . Praying for you all.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Gayle Balke

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