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Celeste D. Steffen

  • On December 17, 2019

Celeste D. Steffen, Of Scott Township, age 83, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Celeste was preceded in death by her parents Beecher and Evelyn Dickson of Mississippi and her sisters Evelyn Ashe and Dorothy Hall. She is survived by her two daughters Gretchen and Betsy (Mark) and grandchildren: Erin, Megan, and Will. “Grammy C” loved nothing more than being with her children and grandchildren, who were the light of her life. Grammy C wrote a beautiful story filled with memories from her condo’s indoor pool, Hilton Head, and Mt. Washington.

Her story began as a young girl who grew up in Abingdon, VA. During WWII, she built “Victory Gardens” for the Allied Forces and developed a strong and contagious love of country. She was a proud member of “Daughters of the American Revolution” and was well known for some of the craziest Fourth of July outfits ever put together. She loved the fireworks and the song “America the Beautiful.” Because of her infectious patriotism, she raised two daughters and taught 3 grandchildren to always proudly stand for the National Anthem – hands over our hearts. She loved to travel and did so extensively. She loved the natural beauty of her country and visited countless national parks with her daughters and friends.
Always a trailblazer, she was one of the first women to graduate from the University of Virginia with a degree in medical technology. During her life she worked at Jefferson Hospital, Shadyside hospital and later in medical sales.
For many years, Celeste spent nearly half the year in Hilton Head, SC where she owned a condo. She was active in the classes at the Senior Center (even Zumba), the Art League and St. Luke’s Church. Hilton Head became the favorite place for family vacations because of her generous, southern hospitality. It holds countless, priceless family memories. It is also home to the frozen yogurt shop, Watusi. Their slogan reads: “It is what it is.” Since the day she first read their slogan, Grammy C has always laughed at life’s small inconveniences with “Watusi: It is what it is.” No matter what, Grammy C took the life she was given and turned it into something beautiful and unforgettable.
In Pittsburgh, Celeste was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park. She let it be known to others that her relationship with Jesus Christ was the single most important thing in her life.
She enjoyed watching Steelers games (often accompanied by a Manhattan or two) with her son-in-law. Celeste had a gift of remaining optimistic even when the Steelers weren’t showing their best colors.

Grammy C saw the best in the people in her life and the world. The beauty that she saw in the world reflected on her and will continue to show her beauty every day. For those that knew Grammy C, they knew how special it was to be a part of her story, because she made everyone feel as though they were the most interesting person she had ever met. Her story will continue in the lives that she touched and the confidence and strength that she instilled in the people that she crossed paths with.

In the final months of her life she demonstrated unbridled optimism, faith and hope. Because she lived abundantly and without regrets her loved ones sent her Home with no worries. She loved her grand dogs and was so silly and charming that it didn’t even bother anyone to know that “Stella” the rescued, one-eyed Shih Tzu was her favorite.

Her family would like to invite anyone and everyone to a “raise the roof” celebration honoring her well-lived life at Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park PA 15102 on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, selected charities for donations in her name would be so appreciated by her family and friends.
Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102
Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758518, Topeka KS 66675-8517
St. Luke’s Church, 50 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head, SC 29928

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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Susan Gates
  • Dec 17 2019
My most sincere condolences. Much peace to all the family.
Scott Falvo
  • Dec 17 2019
What a wonderful mother and mentor. So fortunate that you all had such a powerful force in your lives.
David Brubaker
  • Dec 17 2019
Beautiful woman and sentiment. Thanks for sharing.
Joy L Mahrer
  • Dec 17 2019
Celeste was a true Southern lady. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy to her beloved family.
Nancy Smith
  • Dec 17 2019
Betsy & family, Our deepest & most sincere condolences to you at this very hard time. May your memories carry you through your grief. May God bless you & your family. Nancy, Jeff, Elizabeth & Andrew Smith
Betty Jane and Dave Reiss
  • Dec 17 2019
So sorry for your family and Celeste’s friends at her passing. She was a dear friend to Dave and myself and her sweet disposition will be missed. Love
Rick Sutter & family
  • Dec 17 2019
A remarkable life by so many accounts! I knew her as Mrs. Steffen, my mother’s dear friend from our days on Caryl Dr. in Pleasant Hills. As the years went by, Celeste and my Mom, Helen always found time for a visit. She would make the trip to Van Buren Point, NY to hang out and hit all of the antique shops in Chautauqua County. It always excited Mom when Celeste came to visit. I can envision the “Manhattan or two” as well. My condolences to Gretchen and Betsy for this loss. The glory goes to God for welcoming home his child who made such a wonderful impact on so many people in this life.
Vivian McDowell
  • Dec 17 2019
Dear Celeste. You will be missed but you are in a better place. God Bless you. Vivian.
  • Dec 18 2019
What a beautiful obituary and legacy. My deepest sympathy to you all. I personally will always remember your mother as a light that came into my life. What a blessing! This is quite a shock but guess God needed her more. Bonnie Cornish, DAR
Amy Hallas, RN Amedisys Hospice
  • Dec 18 2019
It was a great pleasure knowing Celeste. Thank you all for allowing me to share some of her final days with her.
Ann Harder
  • Dec 18 2019
Celeste was a beloved, vital, valuable member of the Bethel Fife and Drum Chapter, NSDAR. She was always a light and uplifted everyone who had the privilege to spend time with her. She was full of life, light and joy and will definitely be missed by our members. God Home and Country, the DAR Motto. Rest in our Father's arms, DAR sister.
Paula Nyisztor
  • Dec 18 2019
Thank you for sharing all the wonderful stories. What a beautiful lady inside and out. Our sincerest and deepest sympathy. Thomas and Paula Nyisztor
Melissa Panchura
  • Dec 18 2019
Such a beautiful life and soul. Prayers to her family.
Betty J Christopher
  • Dec 18 2019
Celeste was always gracious and friendly we at the DAR book club will miss her. My sympathy to her family. Betty J
Carol Parris
  • Dec 19 2019
Celeste was a great lady who added her charm to many DAR events. She will be missed and I extend deepest sympathy to her family
Kelly Pipich
  • Dec 19 2019
Celeste was the epitome of an independent woman & a great role model for all of us. She lived life to the fullest & was a kind and loving friend. I’m truly going to miss her. May you rest in peace Celeste & know you will be sorely missed.
Joy Burnsworth
  • Dec 19 2019
To my dearest friends daughters and family Betsy and Gretchen, my heart and prayers go out to you. I will miss her so much. She was the first person I met in Pleasant Hills 48 years ago and we need stopped being friends even when I moved away. I am so glad she came to visit us in AZ. She really loved it here and we had a wonderful visit. I will miss our telephone conversations which could go on for an hour or more. She was a woman for all women, She believed that a woman could do anything she put her mind to as she was the example. Thanks for sharing your mom with me all those years. Joy Burnsworth
Ellen Sweeney
  • Dec 27 2019
Gretchen and Betsy, we are deeply saddened at Celeste’s death. It was our great privilege to get to know her. We shared many great talks during our stay! Know that all of Celeste’s family is in our prayers. Much love, Susan and Ellen Sweeney
Margie Lenox
  • Jan 3 2020
I will miss Celeste. She was always upbeat. Sorry I cannot be at the celebration tomorrow; we will be out of town.