Lena Emma Steinfath

Lena Emma Steinfath, 97, of Levelland, passed from this life on December 1, 2019.  
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.  Saturday, December 7, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. 
Interment will follow at 4  p.m. in the Willow Cemetery in Haskell.
Lena Steinfath was born  September 1, 1922, to August and Selma Emily Rueffer Steinfath at their family farmhouse in Throckmorton County, Texas. 
She was the eighth of eleven children, and the last to survive. 
The children grew up doing a variety of chores to help their parents on the farm.  As adults they worked together to obtain their own farms.  
Lena was still raising cotton on her farm near Morton with the help of Dwayne Canada and Juan Cerva until her death on December 1, 2019, in Levelland.
Lena also worked for about 40 years as a hairdresser, eventually owning the “The Clipper” salon in Levelland.  
She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran church.
Lena remained very close to her brothers and sisters.  She was active in family gatherings and arranged the family’s Christmas celebrations at the original farmhouse for many years.  
Lena very much enjoyed playing dominoes at these gatherings and continued playing with her caregivers.  
She did not have children of her own but looked on her 16 nieces and nephews as “her children” and was actively interested in their children as well.  She last attended a family reunion with them this fall.  
A special family highlight was traveling to Germany in 1985, where she met distant relatives of her mother.  
She lived many years with her brother, Henry Steinfath, who was also single and helped take care of him during his extended illness until he passed away.
Lena was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers: Fritz, Willie, Henry, August and Albert Steinfath; and her sisters: Annie Goebel, Minnie Blair, Selma Follstaedt, Alma Zelisko and Frieda Hall. She was also preceded by her nephews: Leon Kretschmer and Jeffery Hall.  
She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Kathryn Medford of Haskell, Brenda Canada of Plains, David Follstaedt of Albuquerque, Royce Blair of Plains, Linda Stanford of Waco, Donna Moore of Guthrie, Janet Follstaedt of Dallas, Ronnie Steinfath of Lubbock, Larry Zelisko of Abilene, Connie Adams of Spring, Carole Oplinger of Bryan, Shirley Burt of Lubbock, Sam Steinfath of McKinney and Amy Haaland of Dalhart; along with their families. 
Her family is grateful for the support of Brenda and Dwayne Canada and the best caregivers God could provide who worked to promote Aunt Lena’s health and allowed her to remain in her home until her death. 
Memorials for Lena may be sent to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1905 Avenue I, Levelland, Texas,  79336; or the Willow Cemetery, c/o Delight Jones, 607 S. Ave. G, Haskell, Texas 79521.

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