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Constance "Connie" (Sagataw) Steele

July 16, 1930 ~ June 29, 2019 (age 88)

Constance "Connie" Steele, 88 of Traverse City, walked on, on June 29, 2019 while at home surrounded by her loving family.

Connie was born on July 16, 1930, the daughter of Benedict and Hattie (Keway) Sagataw, the youngest daughter of four children. She was a graduate of Harbor Springs High School. Connie went on to earn her LPN degree and worked at the Lockwood Hospital in Petoskey. Connie later moved downstate and began a new career as a mail sorter for the United States Postal Service.

Connie loved her job with the post office, and her daughters can still remember her learning different cities zip codes off of flash cards. She gave 30 years to the Traverse City postal service before retiring.

In her spare time, Connie enjoyed cross-country skiing, camping and boating in the Upper Peninsula and playing card games. She loved to dance no matter the style. She did polka, line dancing, square dancing, waltzing and various Native American dance styles.

Connie was a member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians and a devoted Catholic all of her life.

She is survived by her daughters, Debra Anne GreenSky of Peshawbestown, Michigan and Cynthia Jeanette Greensky of Traverse City, Michigan; grandchildren, Courtney Miller, Dana Greensky, Keith (Nova) Kilbourne and Kyle Kilbourne; many great grandchildren; and other Keway, Sagataw and Greensky relatives.

Connie is preceded in death by her husband, Nolan Steele; granddaughter, Jennifer Greensky; and siblings, Dorothy Sagataw, Harriet (Sagataw) Santoyo and Edwin Sagataw; as well as her daughters’ father, George Greensky.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Childhood of Jesus Church in Harbor Springs, Michigan, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m with a one hour of visitation prior to Mass. Burial will take place immediately following at Holy Childhood Cemetery.

Friends and family wishing to make a charitable donation in memory of Connie are asked to please consider the Red Cross. Connie was an avid blood donor and was very proud of her "Gallon" pin.


Donations may be made to:

Red Cross
PO Box 37839, Boone IA 50037-0839
Web: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/


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