Dee was born on Dec. 31, 1936 to Ed and Rose (Schamber) Steinke in Colome, SD. She met the love of her life, Donald Zimbelman, and they were united in marriage on Sept. 27, 1952 in Winner, SD. They moved to Rapid City in August of 1961.
Dee worked in Food Service for the Rapid City School District for over 33 years, retiring in 2003. She was a faithful member of Bethel Assembly of God. She sang in their choir and was active with the missionetts. She also taught Sunday School and served as a greeter at the church. Dee loved to read and take walks with her friends. She always welcomed strangers and friends warmly into her home with the cookie jar always full. Dee always had room at her table for people and loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren (10) and great-grandchildren (12).
Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Valorie (Vern) Turner, Cindy (Gary) Zeller, Tim Zimbelman, all of Rapid City, and Diane (KC) Kopaska of Republic, Missouri; brother, Harry (Doris) Steinke of Loveland, CO; sister, Helma Goff of Denver, CO; and son-in-law, Mark Kostaneski.
Preceded in death by her husband, Donald; parents; five sisters, Esther Jacobson, Elsie Blanchette, Lorraine Donnelly, Leona Stark, and Dorothy Kahler; one brother, LaVern Steinke; one daughter, Lory Kostaneski and son, Bryan Zimbelman
Visitation will be held from 6pm – 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 7 at Kirk Funeral Home. Funeral services at 11 am on Thursday, March 8 at the funeral home. Burial at Black Hills National Cemetery.
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