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Fern Annan Steigerwald

July 28, 1920 July 8, 2019
Fern Annan Steigerwald
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Obituary for Fern Annan Steigerwald

Fern Annan Steigerwald was born July 28, 1920 at her parent’s Earl and Nina (Loy) Annan’s farm in Yorktown, Iowa. She was the third of their four children, George (Elsie) and Melvin (Peg) Annan and Irene (Rex) Moore, all of whom predecease her, as did nephew Greg Moore and niece Maribeth Mellencamp.

During WW 2, Fern and her best friend, Marthalene, adventured to California by driving across the country and winding up in Newport Beach, finding a wonderful climate and interesting jobs working with the war effort. Fern stayed in Southern California for the rest of her life. She obtained a beautician’s license and worked as a beautician until she married her husband of 51 years, Jim Steigerwald, July 17, 1949. They had two daughters, Linda (Del) Hubbs and Lee Ann (Ken) Hawkins, 5 grandchildren, Kendralyn Cornish, Katie and Brian (Xenia) Hawkins, Sarah (Hans) White and Ellen Hubbs. There are 10 great grandchildren, Courtney Hawkins, Brooke and Chase Martin, Nathan Cornish, Micah, Sydney and Emilia Hawkins, Brendan Hubbs, Bethany and Sam White and 1 great-great grandchild, Braydin Martin.

Jim and Fern lived in Newport Beach until 1964, moving to Costa Mesa where he continued his business, Harbor Glass, in Newport Beach and she became the Maude B. Davis Junior High school attendance clerk for many years. Fern had a green thumb and loved her roses and flower gardening in general.

This continued when Jim and Fern moved to Fallbrook, CA in 1991. They loved to travel and went all over America in their motor home, boated in Canada and Alaska for several summers, and after retirement, took many tours of Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. Fern enjoyed Questers, Women’s Club, Newcomers and Encore and dancing with her friend, Frank Cardiff after Jim passed away in 2000. She was an active member of the Fallbrook United Methodist Church and leaves many friends, nieces and nephews- Nancy Wagoner, George. Bill and Rodney Annan, Cynthia Bryant, Karen Eitzen, Debra Moore, Becky Trimble and their families, who will miss her boundless energy, independent spirit, sharp wit, and wonderful cooking.

Fern passed away peacefully July 8, 2019 and the family would like to thank Silvergate’s Memory Care Suite’s staff for their excellent care and Sonata Hospice’s nurses and social workers for their amazing, caring assistance.


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