Deanna Stepanek

Obituary of Deanna Stepanek

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Deanna K. Stepanek, age 83 of Yankton, SD passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.  Memorial services will be 1:00 Pm, Monday, July 31,2023 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton, SD with Rev. Michael Hecht officiating.  Burial of her cremated remains will be in the Tyndall Presbyterian Cemetery.  Visitations will be one hour prior to the service.  The Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Onsite Crematory, Yankton, SD is assisting with the service details.  Online condolences may be sent at:  Live streaming of Deanna’s service can be found at:

Deanna was born on December 9, 1939, to Chet and Maxine Wilson in Spencer, Nebraska.  She attended school in Butte, Nebraska from 1st grade until she graduated from Butte High School in 1957.  While in high school, she worked at the town’s movie theater. 

Deanna went to work at Snyder’s grocery store after high school.  She then moved to Yankton, working at Newberry’s.  California was her next stop as she moved out there to be her brother’s nanny, watching his children.  She married Lawrence Stepanek on Sept 7, 1962 in Butte, Nebraska. She moved to a farm in Tabor, SD with him where they raised their three children.  In 2000, they moved to Yankton, where she resided until her death.  Lawrence and Deanna were married for 58 years.

She had many talents when it came to sewing.  She loved to make baby blankets for all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Reading and jigsaw puzzles were some of her favorite hobbies.   Baking was always one of her favorite things to do, especially making kolaches, pies, and cookies.  Later in life, Deanna loved visiting with her great grandchildren as they came over often to visit her. 

Deanna is survived by her sister, Twila Burwitz, 3 children: Ken (Kathy) Menno, SD, Debbie (Dan) Eilers, Mission Hill, SD, Barb (Dave) Ament, Yankton, SD. Eight Grandchildren: Kyle (Loni) and Kaleb (Rachael) Stepanek, Meagan (Trevor Nelson), Nichole (Nathan Nelson) and Lindsey (Luis Velazquez), Brittany, Austin, and Autumn Ament.  5 Great grandchildren.

She is proceeded in death by her husband, parents, sister, and brother.

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Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday, July 31, 2023
Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory
601 West 21st Street
Yankton, South Dakota, United States


3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Monday, July 31, 2023
Tyndall Presbyterian Cemetery
Rural Tyndall, SD
Tyndall, South Dakota, United States
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Deanna Stepanek

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Deanna Stepanek

1939 - 2023

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