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.