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Frederick T “Fred” Kuestersteffen

December 8, 2020

Frederick T. “Fred” Kuestersteffen 84, died of Covid-19 Tuesday December 8, 2020 at Newton Medical Center.  He was born November 28, 1936 in Piqua, Kansas to Gerhard and Margaret (Kreimer) Kuestersteffen.

He was married to his first wife Teresa (Estle) Harrington on April 15, 1961 in Iola, Kansas at St. John’s Catholic Church.  She preceded him in death on January 8, 1996.  Fred married Lorella “Lou” Israel Hendrickson on June 26, 1999 at St. Mary Church in Newton and she survives of the home.

Fred served his country in the United States Army and was honorably discharged February 9, 1962.  He was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Newton. He faithfully served as head of the St. Mary Cemetery Committee for many years and continued serving on the committee until his death.  In this ministry, he served the church by helping families pick out property and by caring for the cemetery grounds. A special love of his was preparing the cemetery for Memorial Day weekend. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion post #2

Fred retired from the tool crib at AGCO in Hesston. He enjoyed his poker club, gardening and fixing things around the house.  He also enjoyed challenging jigsaw puzzles and playing solitaire or poker on his tablet.  He had a special knack for “watching” ball games with his eyes closed, the same eyes which were suddenly wide awake when someone tried to change the channel. One of Fred’s greatest joys was spending time with his loving wife and family.

Fred is survived by his wife Lorella of the home; children Paul (Julie) Kuestersteffen; Lisa (Mike) Martin; Tom (Susan) Kuestersteffen; Karla Hendrickson and Terry (Lynne) Hendrickson; He is also survived by his brothers Joe, Bob and Charlie (Sheila) Kuestersteffen. Fred’s grandchildren are Jacqueline (Del) Hollis, Will (Esther) Potts, Corinne (Gerrell) Collins, Br. Isidore, Kristin, Elizabeth, David, Monica and Marianna Martin; Landon (Joelle) Sawaya, Holly, Miles & Meagan Kuestersteffen; Wesley and Kyle (Erin) Hendrickson. He is also survived by 11 great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Teresa, and 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

A private family graveside service with Military Honors will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery with The Reverend Nicholas Voelker presiding. A memorial Mass will be announced when we can all be together again.  A register book will be available 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Petersen Funeral Home for friends to sign,

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Newton or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in care of Petersen Funeral Home.


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10 thoughts on “Frederick T “Fred” Kuestersteffen

  1. Fred was one of the nicest men around Newton. Always saw him at St. Mary Cemetery mowing or working on something. Always had that big smile and greeted you with a handshake. He will be missed.

  2. My heart is broken. So many loving memories of Uncle Fred. Love you Lou and I wish you peace.

  3. He was blessed and loved by his son, my sister and his grandchildren. I enjoyed talking with him at family gatherings, the last being at Landon and Joelle wedding. Truly a good man

  4. Lou, my cousins, and all their families – Sorry for your loss, and prayers for Fred and all of you.

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