Evelyn Dean

April 6, 1919 ~ January 20, 2018 (age 98)

Evelyn Steffens Dean, 98, formerly of Olin, died peacefully in the presence of family on January 20, 2018, at Anamosa Care Center.  Services will be Monday, January 29, at 11 a.m. at the Olin United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Wood officiating.  A visitation will precede the service beginning at 10 a.m. at the church.  Burial will be in Olin Cemetery.


Evelyn was born to August and Alma Ehmke Steffens on April 6, 1919, near Clarence, Iowa.  She was baptized and confirmed at the former St. John’s Evangelical Church in Clarence, Iowa.  Evelyn graduated from Clarence High School in 1936 and married James Lawrence Dean on February 14, 1941, at Delhi, Iowa.  She assisted her husband on the farm near Olin, where they lived for 29 years.  After moving into the town of Olin, she was employed by Olin School for 15 years before retiring.


Evelyn was a member of the Olin United Methodist Church for 76 years, where she taught Sunday School and was a choir member.  She was a member of the United Methodist Women, as well as other social clubs.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, music, crafts, and nature.


She is survived by her sons,  James (Marilyn) Dean of Maquoketa, Dennis (Marilyn) Dean of Urbandale, and Douglas (Patricia) Dean of Cedar Rapids; nine grandchildren, James (Kate Braun) Dean, Terry Dean, Malinda (Jeff) Caldwell,  Jennifer Dean, Kevin (Alanna Shaikh) Dean, Jessica (Carlos) Estrada, Brandon (Ashley) Dean, Elizabeth (Tim) Orsund, and Aaron (Katherine) Dean; 20 great-grandchildren, Megan Dean, Andrew Dean, Michaela Brino-Dean, Tylor Brino-Dean, Jack Caldwell, Sage Caldwell, Taja Caldwell, Zachary Dean, Samuel Dean, Lucas Estrada, Nicolas Estrada, Carter Dean, Micah Dean, Dylan Orsund, Natalie Orsund, Zachary Orsund, Emma Dean, Lindsey Dean, Colin Dean, and Owen Dean; one brother, Delbert Steffens, Winfield, and two sisters-in-law, Darlene Steffens, Oxford Junction, and Dorothy Dean, Marshfield, Wisconsin.


She was preceded in death by her husband, the love of her life, her parents, two brothers, four sisters-in law, three brothers-in-law, and a great-granddaughter, Lily Orsund.


Contributions in honor of Evelyn may be directed to the Olin United Methodist Church or Camp Courageous.


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