Nelda L. Steenhard was born October 7, 1927, in Whittemore, Iowa, the daughter of Arnold and Martha Vaudt Gade. She grew up in Whittemore and attended St. Paul Lutheran School through the 8th grade. She then attended and was graduated from Whittemore High School. Following her education, she worked at home on the family farm.
On February 9, 1958, Nelda was united in marriage to Elvin Steenhard in Whittemore. After their marriage, the couple moved to Algona where they purchased a home. Nelda worked for the A.S.C.S. Office in Algona as the Head Clerk for 36 years. She lived in her home in Algona until entering the Algona Manor in August of 2004.
Nelda was an antique car enthusiast, enjoyed spending time with her friends and enjoyed gardening. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the former St. Paul Lutheran Church Choir for 47 years.
Nelda died Friday, January 14, 2005, at the Algona Manor Care Center at the age of 77.
She is survived by sisters-in-law, Darlene Gade of Whittemore, Iowa; Viola Steenhard of Swea City, Iowa; Lois Dontje of Swea City, Iowa; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elvin, on March 23, 1999; sister, Sandra Gade; and brother, Wayne Gade.
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