DENVER — Esther Emilie Meta Meta Steinbronn Canfield, 89, of Denver, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Cedar Valley Hospice House, Waterloo, of cancer.
She was born Jan. 19, 1928, on a farm near Readlyn to Carl and Erna Sass Steinbronn. She married Melvin Canfield on Oct. 1, 1943; he preceded her in death.
She attended high school in Stanley. Esther and her husband owned and operated Café 63 and Canfield’s Restaurant from the early 1950s until 1977. For the next 17 years, she worked as a controller for Schumacher Elevator Co., retiring in 1996. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and the Quilters Guild.
Survived by: her significant other of 27 years, Duane Janssen; seven daughters, Judith Decker of Westgate, Loretta Canfield of Denver, Sandra (George) Chaffee of Sun City, Ariz., Marcella (Larry) Gilliand of Sarasota, Fla., Kathy (Chris) Hopkins of Earlham, Marilyn (Mark) Huber of Denver and Debbie (John) Bracelin of Milford; a son, Melvin (Julie) Canfield Jr. of Des Moines; her brothers and sisters, Robert (Mildred) Steinbronn of Fayette, Lucille Block of Westgate and Wilbert (Marjorie) Steinbronn of Fairbank, Carole (sister-in-law) of Westgate, Irene Reinking of Cedar Rapids, Pauline (Keith) Snodgrass of San Tan Valley, Ariz., George (Janice) Steinbronn of Maynard and John (Cisco) Steinbronn of Oelwein; 23 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.Preceded in death by: her parents; an infant son, Kenneth Lee; a son-in-law, Roger Decker; a brother, Raymond; a brother-in-law, William Block; and a great-granddaughter, Marina Lapointe.
Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Denver, with burial in Floral Hills Cemetery, Oelwein, following the reception. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 11, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Denver, and for an hour before services Friday at the church. Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice and St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Esther’s special interests were traveling and her flower gardens. Above all she cherished her faith, her family, her friends and the simple things in life. She was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be missed by all.