In Memory of Steffanie Nelson

Visitation (Respecting Social Distancing, Encouraging the use of masks, and Limiting 10 people at a time)

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday May 29, 2020
O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

Funeral Services

1:00 pm
Saturday May 30, 2020
O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

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Steffanie Marlane Nelson, age 56 of Woodbury, MN lost her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on May 10th, 2020. Steff was born on March 26th, 1964 in St. Paul, MN – the youngest of 7 siblings. She graduated from Harding High School in St. Paul in 1982 and went on to marry Danny Morrow in 1983. Steff gave birth to a daughter, Andrea in September of 1983 and a son, Daniel in November of 1984. After getting divorced and receiving her degree in advertising from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Steffanie married her second husband Jeff Harvey in 1989.

Steffanie was always involved in her kids activities, volunteering as a baseball coach, girl scout leader, and PTA club member. When her own children grew older Steff volunteered on behalf of other kids as a guardian ad litem in Washington county, MN.
Steffanie had a passion for collecting things and was well-known in the Barbie community for her amazing collection of dolls and extensive knowledge of the subject matter.

She enjoyed spending her time between the home she shared in Woodbury with her partner of 20 years Jerry “George” Manke and the cabin on Bone Lake where they spent many weekends and hosted numerous gatherings with friends and family.
The light of Steffanie’s life was her grandson Daniel who was born in 2016 and affectionately called her Grammy.

Steff retired from US Bank in 2018 after nearly two decades in corporate trust. She left behind many beloved co-workers who were more like family to her. Steffanie spent the last year and a half of her life traveling with her loved ones, going on a Caribbean cruise, New Orleans, and Las Vegas.

Steffanie is preceded in death by her beloved Mommy and Daddy, Howard and Marilyn Nelson; ex-husband Danny Morrow; nephews Patrick Langenfeld and Bradley Welch; brother-in-law Larry Eiswirth; and sister-in-law Terri Nelson.

She is survived by her loving partner George; daughter Andrea Morrow of Janesville, WI; son Daniel C.M. Morrow of St. Paul, MN; grandson Daniel A. Werre of Janesville, WI; siblings Sandy (Gene) Littrell, Sindy (Dan) Osterman, Gregory (Barb) Nelson, Sherry (Steve) Proulx, Gene Nelson, and Shannon (Ernie) Kunesh; many nieces and nephews, as well as countless friends.

A Visitation (Respecting social distancing, encouraging the use of masks, and limiting 10 people at a time) for Steffanie will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2020 at the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 225 S. Third St., River Falls, WI. The funeral officiated by nephew Ken Langenfeld will take place 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30th at O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, with burial to follow at the Beldenville Cemetery.

Funeral services are entrusted to O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls (715) 425-5644. www.oconnellbenedict.com

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  • Steff brought so much light and energy to every room she entered. I loved her laugh! She truly loved her children, her grandchild, her siblings and George, she spoke of them all often, with such affection. I truly do miss her. Sending my love to her family and friends. Zsamé Morgan

  • Steffanie Nelson was the kind of gal friend that I’ve waited a long time to have. We just knew each other for less than a year by a chance meeting on one of her visits to her beloved daughter Andrea and apple of her eye little grandson Daniel who are my neighbors. Steffy and I would just laugh and laugh about all kinds of things while also trying together to solve the world’s problems , one fool at a time. She and I would often tell each other how cool it was that we seemed to have so much in common. One of the last things that she told me before her journey with hospice was that WE were going out sometime soon because SHE thought that I needed my “gears lubed”! LOL! It was hysterical! SHE WAS hysterical! Best heart! I miss you GF!
    I’m SO grateful for your time in my life! And I’m feeling like you left me with some very good karma soon to come true! I look at your photos and I get happy tears, because I just know in my heart of hearts that RIGHT NOW you are having the VERY best time that you SO deserve!
    She also told me that she felt that she had a very large support system of family and friends. And often spoke of George in such a loving way of being her Rock and Salt of the Earth to her. Thank you to ALL of her family and friends that held her SO close to your hearts. God bless you ALL.
    My sincerest condolences and brightest blessings extended to you all,
    Trudy :)xo

  • I have always looked up to Steffanie, and will miss her very much. She was complex in nature with an openness and deep love of beauty that fostered a great variety of interests from collecting to the culinary arts, to the great outdoors. She was gregarious, generous, high-spirited and hilarious.
    You were taken from us too soon, Auntie. Life will not be the same without you.