Fidelis C. “Clem” Steinhoff
April 24, 1931 – October 10, 2021
VILLAGE YORKVILLE – Fidelis C. “Clem” Steinhoff, 90 years old, from the village of Yorkville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 10, 2021, in his residence with his loving family. He was born on April 24, 1931 to Cornell and Anna (née Drott) Steinhoff in Racine, WI. On January 30, 1954, he married Patricia L. St. Martin in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. After their marriage, they lived at Eagle Lake Manor and moved to Yorkville in 1974, where they raised their family. Fidelis proudly served our country in the US Army from 1949 to 1952 during the Korean War. In May 2015 he was allowed to be a member of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight together with his son Art.
Fidelis worked as a die caster for Racine Die Casting and then for Stroh Precision Die Casting in Wauwatosa and retired in 1998. Fidelis was a beekeeper who sold his honey at local farmers markets and shops. He also enjoyed gardening. He was active in various clubs; he was a member of the Jim Beam Clubs of Milwaukee and Belle City; he was a 4-H leader for over 50 years. Fidelis also raised rabbits and was a member of the Rabbit Breeders Association and a national rabbit judge for over 50 years. He was a member of St. Robert’s Bellarmine Catholic Church.
Fidelis and his wife loved to travel and have visited all 50 states and the Canadian provinces.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 67 years, Patricia his children: Denise (Mark) Bieneman, Mary (Pete) Bergsma from Lake Geneva, Art (Colleen) Steinhoff from Burlington; Nancy Gruber (Al Augustine) from Racine; Lois Lathrop (Wayne Koski) of Union Grove; and Fidelis C. II (Esther) Steinhoff from Danville, Iowa, 22 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his siblings: Julia Seis, Rosemary Jemison and Deloris (Jerry) Gorton, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In death he was preceded by his parents and five siblings.
In honor of Fidelis, the family would like to commemorate the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight or the Catholic Church of St. Robert Bellarmine.
The Fidelis family would like to say a big thank you to the nurses at Aurora at Home Hospice, especially Kathryn and Deb, for all their care and compassion, and to Debbie and Paul Ampe for being wonderful neighbors.
The funeral will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. in the Polnasek-Daniels burial house. The funeral will follow with full military honors at Yorkville Cemetery. Relatives and friends can visit the family on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematorium
908 – 11th Avenue.
Union Grove, WI 53182
Published by Racine Journal Times on October 13, 2021.