Helen Louise Stappenbeck Steding joined the Church Triumphant on Thursday, July 28, 2011. Born on December 22, 1925, in San Antonio, Texas, Helen was the daughter of Charles Herbert and Theresa Elizabeth Stappenbeck. She graduated from Ball High School in 1942, where she was a member of the Ball High marching band. On December 24, 1943, Helen married the love of her life, C. H. (Charlie) Steding, III. They spent most of their life together in Hitchcock, where they raised their family. In Hitchcock, Helen was active in the PTA, serving a term as president, and she served on the HISD school board. A life-long Lutheran, Helen was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. She also was active in The Women’s Propeller Club of the United States for many years, serving as President and numerous other offices on both local and national levels.
Helen loved music, whether it was listening to her favorite jazz and big band musicians, watching Charlie play his drums around town in local dance bands, performing with her father at the Menard Park band shell, or having jam sessions with Charlie in the den of their home, teaching many young musicians how to play jazz. She and Charlie also passed their love of music on to all three of their children.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Theresa “Elsie” Stappenbeck and her husband Charlie Steding. She is survived by her daughter Sharon Kirkpatrick, and husband Tom, of League City; daughter Christine Badger, and husband George, of Galveston; and son Chuck Steding, and wife Renee, of Hitchcock; grandchildren Trey Kirkpatrick, and wife Jessica; Sarah Kirkpatrick, Jessica Badger, Joseph Badger, Mikki O’Neal and husband Jerry, Angie Steding, Barry Steding, and Josh Steding; and great-grandchildren Sydne Bynum, Jazelle Collins, Ethan O’Neal, Chas Steding, and Jaiden Steding; sister Teresa Sanders Smith, aunt Mildred Moynahan, and several nieces, a nephew, and cousins.
The family will receive visitors on Monday, August 1, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, Galveston, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, Texas, with the Rev. Douglas Guthier officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, Texas.
Pallbearers are Trey Kirkpatrick, Barry Steding, Josh Steding, Joseph Badger, Bubba Sanders, and Jerry O’Neal, and honorary pallbearer is Gerald Schaub.
The Steding family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at UTMB in the 10th floor geriatric center, the MICU, and the respiratory therapists, both inpatient and outpatient, for their loving and attentive care of Helen during the last three weeks of her life. Most especially they would like to thank Dr. Michael Boyars for his outstanding care and compassion.
Memorials in Helen’s honor may be sent to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, Texas 77550.