Alfred F "Fritz" Steffes
Aug. 2, 1938 - Dec. 18, 2021
Chilton, WI
Alfred F "Fritz" Steffes
Chilton, WI

Alfred F. “Fritz” Steffes, age 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 18, 2021, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Appleton.  He was born August 2, 1938, son of the late Albert and Emma (Will) Steffes.  He attended Holy Trinity Catholic Grade School in Jericho and graduated from Chilton High School – Class of 1956.  On September 26, 1959, he married Mary Kempf at St. John the Baptist Church in Johnsburg, and they enjoyed 62 years of love and laughter.  

Faith, Family, and Farming were the three things that were most important to Fritz.  

Fritz spent his entire life on the Steffes Homestead. He was a dairy farmer eventually transitioning to organic milk production in 1994, becoming the first certified organic dairy farmer in Calumet County.  The Steffes Homestead was awarded the Century Farm award in 1992.  Fritz was proud of the family farming tradition that he was able to continue.  

Fritz was very involved in the National Farmers Organization and served on the Organic Valley Board of Directors.  Fritz enjoyed maple syrup making, woodworking projects, cutting wood, playing cards, and spending time with his family and friends.  He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting or school events.  

Fritz is survived by his wife Mary; 7 children: Daniel (Aimee) Steffes, Sue (Ed) Polzin, Diane (Dan) Hanson, Mark Steffes, Paula Steffes (Dan Bubolz), Tim (Lisa) Steffes and Keith (Tracy) Steffes.  He is also survived by 18 grandchildren:  Abigail, Joseph, Noah (Rebekah), Christian, Elizabeth, Caleb, Isaac, Seth, Ethan and Gideon Steffes, Rachel and Jenny Polzin, Matt and Sarah Hanson, Alaina and Lauryn Steffes, Megan and Julian Steffes.  He is further survived by his siblings Ruby Gerner, Severina Marsh, Elaine Weber and David (Kathy) Steffes; his in-laws Cliff Kempf, Al (Kathy) Kempf and Larry (Valeria) Kempf.

Fritz was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Emma Steffes, stepmother Thelma Steffes, his in-laws Ray and Ermina Kempf; siblings Mary Catherine (Ernie) Pitzen, John Steffes, Ruth (Cletus) Schneider, Robert (Betty) Steffes and Paul (Darlene) Steffes; and in-laws Marvin Gerner, Harry Marsh, Roger Weber and Barb Kempf.    

The family is planning private services at this time.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Fritz will be laid to rest at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, Jericho, Wisconsin. 

To watch a livestream of the service on Friday, January 7, 2022, at 1:00 pm, see a recording of the service, watch a memorial video in Alfred's honor, or view flowers given to the family, please click HERE
Dearest Steffes Family,
My heart breaks for your loss, and I am deeply sorry. Fritz showed much kindness to me. He had a special light in him, and made me feel so welcome. What a wonderful man, whom I will never forget. The few times I spent with Fritz, I learned so much, and was in complete awe. I am a better person to have known you Fritz. God Bless you and to you Mary, and family.

Nancy Steffes (Second Cousin) - Dec. 25, 2021

Fritz & Mary taught me many things about life and the benefits of hard work all while building their family and having fun while you work. There were always stories and jokes to make the tasks at hand more enjoyable. Fritz was not afraid to have fun whether it was building and fishing in the pond, snowmobiling, raising a Shetland pony or pulling his kids and hired hand around the farm behind every means of locomotion! Many improvements at the farm that Fritz was proud of was the removal of the summer kitchen in the early 60’s to eventually make room for a garage that would also be renovated later into the family room where many enjoyable gatherings have taken place over the years. Thank you Fritz and family for all the wonderful memories you gave me over the years!
My sincere condolence for your loss, he will be missed.

Dan Lorenz (Neighbor & hired help ) - Dec. 23, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Fond memoris of visiting with Fritz and Mary; the last time was at Elm City Farms. Fripz had a winning smile and an engaging manner. In remember all the good times now. Enter Your Memory

Kay Ladwig (Friend thru marriage ) - Dec. 23, 2021

To Mary and family
Saddened to hear of Fritz passing the other day. What a great neighbor and friend he was to us and many people he came across. It was always a joy talking with him wether he was out riding his four wheeler or stopping in to get some of his famous maple syrup. It was always a treat when our parents got together at your place to play cards and all the kids were in one place playing pool or games at your place.
One memory sticks out when I was like in half day kindergarten Fritz came and planted corn in the the field where I live now and Tim and I sat on the porch by Elmer Boehnlein and watched.
Always willing to help someone out.
There was never a day when I talked with Fritz and he was without his toothpick in his mouth and off course his bib overalls.
May God Bless Fritz and the ones he left behind.
Bob and Sharon Broeckel

Bob Broeckel (Neighbor ) - Dec. 22, 2021

So many fun memories with Fritz & Mary & Dale & Mary when they would come to our home years ago. Fritz's sense of humor will not be forgotten , but then again neither will any of his bs. LOL
Rest in peace. My sympathy to his family.

Jamie Rozman

Jamie Rozman (Friend) - Dec. 21, 2021

Glen going turkey hunting & helping harvest syrup. Also going to St Ann to eat. He will be missed

Rita Jandrey Hillmann (Friend) - Dec. 20, 2021

With deepest sympathy for your loss! Alfred was a kind and good man.

Marilyn Quilling (Minneapolis ) - Dec. 20, 2021

To the Steffes family, I am so sorry to learn of your loss and send my deepest sympathy. Wishing you all peace, comfort, and many great memories to keep with you always.

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - Dec. 19, 2021

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