Barbara Ann Steffek, 90, of St. Petersburg, Florida passed away Friday, July 15, 2022. Barbara was born and raised in Harvey, Illinois. Barbara and George moved to Florida in 1988. She was a homemaker with several interests. They enjoyed traveling here and abroad. One of her main interests was playing bridge. She was an active member of the St. Petersburg Bridge Club. Barbara played duplicate bridge and became an Emerald Life Master. She also enjoyed watching and answering many of the questions on Jeopardy. Barbara enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and dining out in the newest restaurants. She was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Margaret Walenga, and her husband of 72 years, George. She is survived by daughter Cheryl (Dan) McCarthy of Hastings, Nebraska, Judy Updegraff (Steve Holtz) of Elkhart, Indiana, and Scott (Joanne) Steffek of Valparaiso, Indiana, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandsons.
Celebration of Life will be from 3:00-5:30 at Village Green Clubhouse located at 2001 83rd Ave. N St. Petersburg.
Holy Family Catholic Church
Bay Pines National Cemetery
Village Green Clubhouse
July 20, 2022, 9:06 pm
This happened so suddenly and it took all of us by surprise. That’s been hard for me to grasp. But you lived a very fulfilling and long life. You and dad were lucky enough to travel the world and few people are able to do that. You loved playing bridge and pretty much continued to play until your passing.
Now you’re with dad, your parents, many of your close friends and your family. I know dad is happy to see you and so are your parents.
I’ll never forget the last words you spoke to me. You said: “I love you.”
I love you too mom. I know that you’re at peace now, out of pain and no longer scared.
Thank you for being my mom and comforting me when I was sick. I still remember when I was young, the hugs and kisses you would give me to make me feel better. It was very comforting. God bless you.
Rest in peace mom and I love you,
July 22, 2022, 2:19 pm
🌸Rest in peace Barbara. Condolences to all who loved her. She will be missed.
Cristi (Steffek) Hyndman
July 22, 2022, 8:42 pm
Grandma, I can’t believe it. We were just chatting on the phone and now you’re gone. I know you’re with grandpa now, and you two had such an amazing life. It still doesnt seem real. Ill never forget the fashion shows Katie and i would put on for you. I miss you. Shine your blessings on down to your kids.
July 22, 2022, 10:27 pm
Grandma, I’m so glad I got to see you when grandpa was so sick. I did not think it would be the last time I’d ever see you. I’m glad you were able to live such a long wonderful life, you and grandpa certainly lived.
We love you and we are missing you already.
July 23, 2022, 12:39 am
Grandma you lived a long life. 72 years of marriage is a long time. You and grandpa always loved hearing from me and I always loved hearing from you. You were full of funny stories and had more friends than I do at 29. You made me eat food I didn’t like and at the time I was mad but now I understand. I love you and thank you for all the memories. Love, Big Al