Denelda C. Potts

Denelda C. Potts age 88 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Sunday, February 07, 2021 at Angelhaus in Yankton, SD, with family at her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Constance, Nebraska with the Rev. An Duy Phan officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery in Constance.  Visitation will be on Wednesday morning, at church, from 9:00 a.m. until service time.  You may watch a live stream of the funeral at  Face masks and social distancing are required. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton.

Pallbearers: Shane Jansen, Leroy Clair, Tyler Potts, Shelby Ewing, Duane Schieffer, Marlen Schieffer

Honorary Pallbearers: Patricia Potts, Irma Arens, Betty Potts, Katie Tramp

Denelda Christina was born on January 5, 1933 in Constance, Nebraska to Frank and Mary (Mueller) Steffen.  She grew up in the Constance area and attended school in Constance through the eighth grade. She was the youngest of 10 children. Her father died when she was 10 years old and then she cared for her mother who had rheumatoid arthritis.  She helped on the farm milking cows by hand, raising a huge garden, sewing cloths, and raising her (7) children.  Denelda was not afraid of a hard days’ work.

Denelda was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers.  Her Faith was of utmost importance to her.  She was a selfless, kindhearted, giving person her entire life.  She was a member of the Crofton Senior Center and delivered meals.  Denelda also did a lot of volunteer work for the Center.  She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She liked to play cards and do puzzles.

Denelda is survived by her five children Charles Potts of Crofton, Charlene (Paul) Stevens of Pewaukee, WI, Charlotte Jansen of St. Helena, NE, Cathy (Leroy) Clair of Carlisle, IA, Chad (Danielle) Potts of Crofton; 19 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Mary Steffen; daughter Donna Wiebelhaus in 1993; son Donovan in 2009; son-in-law Vern Jansen in 2015; nine brothers and sisters.

The family ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Crofton Senior Center.


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11 response to "Denelda C. Potts"

  1. By: Rev.Michael D Schmitz Posted: February 8, 2021

    I wish my deepest sympathy on the loss of Delnelda. She was a great lady and I will remember her in my prayers.

  2. By: Lee & Alice Johnson Posted: February 8, 2021

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Nel was such a lovely lady. Always enjoyed visiting with her. May she RIP.

  3. By: Teri and Aaron Biermann Posted: February 9, 2021

    Thoughts and prayers to the entire family, Aunt Nel was a special lady and will be greatly missed.

  4. By: Jill Potts-Griess Posted: February 9, 2021

    Nell was such a sweet soul. I’ll never forget her quiet fortitude and strength during difficult times. She made a beautiful mark on my life. I am forever grateful to have known her. My sympathies to all the family.

  5. By: Lorrie West Martin Posted: February 9, 2021

    I extend my deepest sympathy to all members of Nell’s family. As I worked as a VISTA Volunteer out of Constance in the 1970’s and later as I attended Graduate School at the University of South Dakota, Nell ALWAYS warmly welcomed me into her home and treated me as one of her own….even teaching me the fine art of “cleaning a chicken”. When she later visited me here at my ocean cottage on Block Island, Rhode Island, never will I forget the care with which she collected and packaged up such a healthy quantity of our “beach stones” to fly back to Nebraska with and line a special path to her flagpole.
    I am heartbroken that these “Covid-times” prevent me from flying out and being there with you all. Though I am a total technological “dinosaur” and one of the 4 people in the world “not” on Facebook, my son is doing everything in his power tonight to help me Stream in to the Funeral at St. Joseph’s tomorrow. Please know that my prayers are with you all – and Nell, may you find peace in Heaven now and know that you have always been “my Nebraska Mom”.
    Lorrie West Martin
    Durham, Connecticut

  6. By: Laverta Bertha Mauch Posted: February 9, 2021

    You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Denelda. May she rest in peace. I delighted in taking her along to Beaver Creek rosaries years ago. May God bless you with the grace and strength to deal with the grief

  7. By: Heather Hegge Posted: February 10, 2021

    The Potts Family,

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of Nellie. She was a sweet lady and such a faith filled woman. She always had a smile on her face. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  8. By: Marvin DeBlauw Posted: February 10, 2021

    What a great lady ,she works like slave ,love you Nell.

  9. By: Kathleen A Roseboom Posted: February 10, 2021

    A bright and cheerful light is gone from the this world, I will remember her for her positive attitude and willingness to help anyone in need. Nellie I will be missed by many.

  10. By: Kathleen A Roseboom Posted: February 10, 2021

    My Sympathies..
    Nellie will be missed by many, her positive outlook on life and her willingness to help when someone was in need will be remembered by those of us she was there for.

  11. By: Janie & Jim Ausdemore Posted: February 11, 2021

    Nell was a wonderful and loving person. She always had a smile for everyone. She will be missed. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all her family.

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