Anita Elizabeth Steinfeld


August 27, 1925 - May 29, 2016


Anita Elizabeth Schoenfelder Steinfeld was born August 27, 1925, the oldest child of Barney and Elizabeth (Kummer) Schoenfelder in Parkston, SD.  Anita attended school in Parkston and later moved to Kennebec, SD, where she worked as a clerk in the Lyman County Court House.  It was here where she met James Steinfeld, starting a romance that would last 61 years.  They married on October 27, 1947 and to this union they happily welcomed four children.

Anita spent her adult years living in Mitchell and Winner.  She worked in various professions:  caring for children in her home, altering and building clothes as a master seamstress, and working as a sterilization tech in the operating room at the Winner Hospital. 

Anita was active in her church and the Moose Lodge.  She always had an open door and heart for everyone who stopped by.  The coffee was fresh, sweets were abundant, and there was always a hot game of pinochle on the table.  She cherished her family and friends above all else.  Her unending commitment and unconditional love was evident in everything she did.  Having her as our matriarch was a privilege and honor.

One of her most recent challenges was a November 2011 motor vehicle accident that resulted in her residing at Avera Brady Health and Rehab.  Her magnetic spirit touched all who cared for her.  We are forever grateful for the compassion, love, and care that were extended to her every day.

Anita is survived by son, Tom (Dolores) Steinfeld of Mitchell; daughters: Patsy Heisinger and Mary Beth (Douglas) McLellan of Rapid City; brothers: Willard “Curly” Schoenfelder and Dennis (Joan) Schoenfelder; and sister, Virginia Casey.  Her family also includes six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim; infant son, Michael; brother, Clem Schoenfelder, two infant siblings, John and Jeanette, and son-in-law, Jon Heisinger. 


Tuesday, May 31, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
222 North Kimball
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, June 1, 2016
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball
Mitchell, South Dakota


St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery
Dimock, South Dakota

Posted by Cheri DeSchepper Oleske on June 26, 2016
So sorry to read of Anita's passing. I have so many fond memories of growing up in our neighborhood! She was always so nice, happy, and friendly! I loved going to your house! Mostly I remember her at her sewing machine, and with all those little kids around her. Hope you are all doing well. Patsy, sorry we haven't kept up. How are you? She will be missed by all! So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Becky Graesser on June 2, 2016
Dear Mary Beth and family, I was so sorry to read of your mom's passing. She was such a dear and I know you will miss her dearly. You are all in my prayers.
Posted by Colleen Tegels DeJong on June 1, 2016
So very sorry for your loss. Sure that She will be greatly missed. The entire family is in my prayers. Pasty will remember you in my prayers.
Posted by Lane & Melanie Bartels on June 1, 2016
Lane has always shared great stories of both Anita and Jim. When ever we had the opportunity to stop in and visit her at her home or at Avera Brady it was always great to see her smile. She will be missed. We are both so very sorry for your loss, and please know we are thinking of your family in the days to come.
Posted by Nyla Cheyney on June 1, 2016
I can vividly recall her smile! Cherish your memories. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Pat & Abby Tobin on May 31, 2016
We want to send our love and prayers for your mom. Anita was a wonderful, sweet, kind soul and so much fun to work with at the hospital. She always had a big smile and wonderful laugh. Please find comfort and peace in your treasured memories of your mom.
Posted by Amy Engel on May 31, 2016
Anita and Jim were our neighbors for many years in Winner. They were kind and loving neighbors and surrogate grandparents to our kids. We are so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you all.
Posted by sandy grosz on May 30, 2016
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