Heaven received another angel on August 13, 2019. Mary LaVerne (Paulson) Steffes was born to Harold and Doris Paulson on April 18, 1942, in Grove City, Minnesota.
She grew up on a farm and enjoyed animals and the farming lifestyle. She was an only child and at the age of 13, they moved to Great Falls where her journey with music ministry began. Mary attended Central High School and during her high school years, started teaching music lessons to others in her home, which continued for almost 60 years.
She was a member of the Great Falls Music Teachers Association. After high school, she earned a scholarship to the College of Great Falls and graduated with a major in music.
Mary also shared her vast musical talent with the community as an organist for over 40 years at St. Peter and Paul Parish (later Holy Spirit) and also played for countless weddings and funerals.
Mary met her sweetheart, Lawrence Steffes Jr., while attending high school. Larry and Mary were married June 6, 1964. They raised their three children in the home they built and taught them to appreciate God, music and Mary’s wonderful baking! She lost her soul mate in May, 2011. Mary fought a long, arduous battle with Alzheimers for many years.
To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the O'Connor Funeral Home website.