In memory of

Vivian Steinkamp

May 19, 1947 - August 13, 2023
From: Des Moines, IA
Vivian Steinkamp

Vivian Steinkamp

Born: May 19, 1947
Died: August 13, 2023
Age: 76
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   Vivian Claire (Holm) Steinkamp, age 76 of Des Moines, IA, formerly of rural Wall Lake/Breda, IA, passed away peacefully at her home on August 13, 2023, surrounded by her family.
   Vivian was born on May 19, 1947, in Davenport, IA, to parents Vernon and Valeria (Malmloff) Holm.  At a very young age her family moved to Iowa City, IA, where she attended school and graduated from Iowa City High School in 1965, home of the “Little Hawks”. This is when her love for the Hawkeyes began. She continued her education at the University of Iowa and became a lifelong dedicated fan. 
   On June 27, 1970, Vivian was united in marriage to Dennis Steinkamp of Breda, IA, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. They began their life together and started a family in true Steinkamp fashion by farming. They settled south of Wall Lake and continued the tradition of raising their family on the farm. Vivian was a homemaker and farm wife while raising their four children Shawn, Tasha, Carrie, and Crystal. Later in life, Vivian worked outside of the farm at various locations as an office receptionist. She always enjoyed playing cards and bowling with friends and neighbors. Once retired, Vivian and Dennis moved to Des Moines where they enjoyed their time together traveling and following the Iowa Hawkeyes, attending many bowl games and events.
   However, Vivian’s biggest priority was her family. She enjoyed countless hours attending various activities of her children and later in life grandchildren, especially. She could be found sitting in the bleachers at their sporting events cheering them on as their biggest fan. Vivian always looked forward to the fall season for Iowa Hawkeye Football to begin. She was a seasoned “tailgating host” and enjoyed friends, family, and fans at the corner of Elliott and Hawkins Drive in Iowa City. Her passion for Iowa Hawkeye sports was passed on to her children and grandchildren. Rest assured she has been reunited with her husband Dennis and together they are singing the Iowa Fight Song in God’s beautiful paradise, where even there, every day is a good day to be a Hawkeye…Go Hawks!!
   Those who mourn her passing include her children Shawn Steinkamp of Des Moines, IA; Tasha Steinkamp of Des Moines, IA, Carrie Howe of Des Moines, IA, and Crystal (Joshua) Drilling of Eyota, MN; grandchildren Jace and Kinsley Drilling and Dylan Steinkamp; sister Darlene Blayney of Eustis, FL; brothers-in-law: Leon (Dorothy) Steinkamp of Grand Meadow, MN, Luvern Steinkamp of Adams, MN, Dean Steinkamp of Lee Summit, MO, Neil Steinkamp of Lake View, IA, and Orlin (Myra) Steinkamp of Wall Lake, IA; sisters-in-law: Mildred Steinkamp of Wall Lake, IA, Renee Steinkamp of Carroll, IA, and Micki Steinkamp of Spirit Lake, IA; along with many extended family members and friends.
   Vivian was preceded in death by her husband Dennis Steinkamp; parents Vernon and Valeria Holm; parents-in-law Lawrence and Estella Steinkamp; brothers-in-law Ambrose Steinkamp, Mark Steinkamp, Timothy Steinkamp; and sisters-in-law Linda (Joseph) Klein, Alice Steinkamp, Mary Steinkamp, and Marie Steinkamp.
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Funeral Service
10:30 a.m., Tuesday
August 22, 2023
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Wall Lake, Iowa
Deacon Butch Stone
5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday
August 21, 2023
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Wall Lake, Iowa
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 4:09 PM
“Our sincere sympathies for your mother's passing. Although it has been many years ago, we have fond memories of the Halloween parties and cards with her and Denny.”
- Glenn and Marlies Sturm
Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 12:45 PM
“The entire Steinkamp family has always been so welcoming by inviting us to Hawkeye games. I will miss tailgating with her, and will think of her always when we have our traditional celebratory Tootsie Roll Pop. ”
- Chris Welsh
Friday, August 18, 2023 at 12:56 PM
“Thank you for allowing me to care for your mother in her last weeks. My deepest condolences to the family. She was such a beautiful sweet soul and now she's resting in peace. From Leah Bakkie, Home Instead. ”
- Leah Bakkie
Friday, August 18, 2023 at 12:09 PM
“I didn't know Vivian long but I enjoyed caring for her and getting to meet some of her family. Sending prayers for the family. Shelley Ridgeway, Home Instead ”
- Shelley Ridgeway
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 11:26 AM
“We have been thinking of all of often since July. Always enjoyed visiting with her as well as your dad. Blessed be all the wonderful memories you all will always share. Our Love”
- Al and Jane Steinkamp
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 10:59 AM
“So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Her and I were roommates in Des Moines back in the 70's. We were on a road trip to Carroll were she met your father. Needless to say we made many trips back to Carroll after that. Lots of fun memories with her. She may be with your dad again and you all will have lasting memories of her.”
- Judy Coffman
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 8:58 AM
“I wish I had the words to ease your pain during this difficult time. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Shane Wilhelm
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 8:58 AM
“Sending our deepest sympathies and condolences to your family.”
- Rubow Family
Monday, August 14, 2023 at 4:48 PM
“Was saddened to see this. Will keep her & your family in our prayers.”
- Kenny & Linda Steinkamp
Monday, August 14, 2023 at 4:48 PM
“Iam so sorry to hear about your loss. Your mom was and always will be a fantastic lady. From the Delaney family ”
- Anne Delaney
Monday, August 14, 2023 at 3:55 PM
“Sending our deepest sympathies and condolences to your family.”
- Tiffany McCabe
Monday, August 14, 2023 at 2:39 PM
“So sorry for the loss of your mother Always had a great visit tailgating So glad I saw her in May”
- Audrey Schreurs
Monday, August 14, 2023 at 2:17 PM
“My sympathy is with you all! ”
- Heather B Keenan
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