In Memory of

Joan B Steele

March 15, 1926 - October 25, 2016
Joan B. Andersen Steele passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016, date at her home. She was born on March 15, 1926 in Sioux Rapids, Iowa to Byrdie (Chalma) and Irving Andersen. Joan graduated from Wilson High School in Cherokee, IA in 1944. After high school, she attended Presbyterian Hospital for Nursing in Denver from 1944-1947. Following graduation, she worked as a nurse in San Monica, CA for two years and in Sitka, Alaska for the Department of Interior. She married Gordon Harrison Steele on June 2, 1950 in Cherokee, IA. Joan was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church and was a deaconess. She was an avid gardener and known for her roses. She was active with the Girl Scouts, and enjoyed bridge, but her true passion was cooking, and she loved to entertain. She attended cooking schools in Stowe, VT; Rich's in Atlanta and graduated from LaVarenne Cooking School in Paris, France. She opened the Elmdene Cooking School in 1984 in Cherokee and had classes for many years. She had noted guest chefs including Natalie Dupree and Julia Child. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Thomas C. Andersen. She is survived by daughter Martha Steele (Steve Edwards) of Overland Park, KS, brother Paul D. Andersen of Hattiesburg, MS, sisters-in-law Marguerite France Andersen (Thomas) of Orange Beach, FL, and Harriet Steele (Washburn) of Carlsbad, CA, along with nieces and nephews. Memorials given in Joan's name may be directed to: MERCY FOUNDATION, ATTN: LEA GREATHOUSE, RE: SIOUXLAND STROKE SUPPORT NETWORK, 801 5TH ST., SIOUX CITY, IA 51101.
3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29th at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee.
Pastor Eric Wright
Andy Carlson Dale Zoch Gary Zoch Lindsay Hatch Jim Steele Dude Ganger HONORARY CASKETBEARERS Denny Holton Gary Bowers Marvin Zoch Dick Jensen Dick Geisinger Mark Napier
There will be a private family burial at Oakhill Cemetery in Cherokee.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Martha, I just heard about your mother passing. Just last Sept. friends and I were talking out your parents and we all had great smiles and memories. My parents took trips with them an were a big part of their life. Now your parents and mine are together talking about all the great things that happened in Cherokee, Iowa.”
- Joyce A Brooker Chesney
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Hello Martha,
My mother called me to inform me of your Mother's passing earlier this week.
Even though I have note seen your Mother in the recent years, I always remember her and your Dad during the years I lived next door them, across the alley on 3rd Street. They were such a joy to have as neighbors and as friends to me. I remember a evening before a holiday when your Mother asked me to assist your Dad in bringing something down from the attic of the house as they prepared to have family in for a holiday dinner. They were very grateful that I was available and willing to assist your Dad with the task. This is just one of many memories I have from the few years that I your parents neighbor to the south.
They were wonderful people and each time I go pass the house, the memories of the good time come back to me. I know your Dad has been gone for a few years and with your Mother's passing, I send my sincere condolences to you and your family. ”
- Randy Halder
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Chris, Anne, Marguerite and Family
So sorry to hear of the passing of Joan, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.”
- Steve and Lois Elliott
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Last night after mom told me about Joan's passing. I was very said to hear, but then started to remember all the good times that we all had together. I told the story to a friend about what the Christmas diners were like, and how Joan was bigger than life. Joan knew how to make the most out of life. She was a great and wonderful lady and will be truly missed by many.

Jim ”
- Jim Steele
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Martha,
My brother Jim nailed it. Your mom was larger than life! I have so many wonderful stories and memories. One of my favorite was when she decided that I should tour SMU. I had a grand time seeing your sorority, the homecoming football game, and enjoying a Sunday brunch. Gordon drove us all over, and this was when electric car locks were new. Every time we drove through a section of town that Joan did not feel was safe, the car locks were clicked on with directions for Gordon to keep driving.
Joan was so kind to me. Another favorite memory was my wedding reception dinner. It was at their home. She saw to every detail including place cards with a Cherokee Daily Times announcement of the festivities. The meal was extraordinary. I just remember her smile that night as she was in her element.
May God's light perpetual shine upon this lovely lady.
- Janet Steele Blumenthal
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