Patricia Ann Steensen, 74, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2024, at The New Homestead in Guthrie Center in the presence of family.

Pat was born Nov. 28, 1949, to Beryl and Grace (Blood) Berkenbosch. She attended Adel High School during which she served as a historian for 4-H. Pat graduated from high school in 1968. After high school, she pursued an education as a beautician in Des Moines at Iowa School of Beauty.

Pat married Dallas Lee Steensen on May 7, 1976. Together they had two children, Donald Patrick and Katherine Annette.

Pat learned the skill of embroidery at an early age from her mother, Grace. Her artwork was displayed on numerous pillowcases and dish towels.

One of Pat’s hobbies was playing music on the piano and organ. Pat loved hymns the most. She would sometimes encourage her son, Donald, to play duets with her on his baritone.  Pat shared her talent with the public, as she was an organist for her church family and later she played for residents at The New Homestead.

Pat enjoyed writing poetry. While most of these writings she kept private, there were a couple that she had published. Her favorite topics to write about were her Christian faith and family. Pat also wrote about aspects of her life in an autobiography called, “Growing Pains, I Believe in Miracles.”

Pat liked to make recordings of her music and poetry on cassette tapes and give them to her children when they were young.

Pat was proud of her family. She happily introduced visitors to her children and grandkids any time she had the chance to do so. She enjoyed making crafts with Levi and Olivia.

Character traits that will be remembered about Pat are her bright, beautiful-eyed smile, spunky attitude, and fun sense of humor. Pat was not afraid to say what she was thinking, and sometimes those comments would catch people off-guard. She had a sweet, loving personality that will truly be missed.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas; father, Beryl; and mother, Grace. Pat is survived by children, Donald (Valerie) Steensen of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Kathy (CJ) Leaf of Des Moines; sister, Charlotte (George) Hunt of Guthrie Center; brothers, Paul (Christy) Berkenbosch of Adel, and Lyle (Sue) Berkenbosch of Bettendorf; grandchildren, Levi and Olivia Steensen; step-children, Karen (Larry) Fiebelkorn of Des Moines and Ron (Nova) Steensen of Guthrie Center; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, March 8, 2024, at the Twigg Funeral Home, Panora. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Guthrie Center. Visitation will be Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.