Catherine Steele (Hall)
Catherine Ann Steele, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and teacher passed away at her daughter’s home on May 2, 2018 surrounded by the love of her family. Catherine or Cass as she preferred to be called, lived a long, blessed life of 86 years. She was born on December 6, 1931 in Omaha, NE. She lived in Pine Ridge, SD all her life and often shared with others how “Pine Ridge was the best place on Earth”.
She married Stanley Pourier in 1951 and had two children from this marriage. She then divorced and married Darrel Steele and six children were born from this union. Cass was a “babysitter” to many children in her home until her own children started school. She then started working as a teacher’s aide in the OST Headstart Program, the Shannon County and the BIA school system in Pine Ridge where she reluctantly retired in 2008 after 30+ years of working with generations of children. Cass loved to be surrounded by children.
She particularly enjoyed the sporting events that her children and grandchildren were involved in. Cass was an avid basketball fan for many years particularly when her daughters, Darby and Lolly were playing. She traveled to most of their games and recalled these years as the best of times. She would later follow her grandchildren and the children that were coached by Darby and Lolly. She would say she just liked the atmosphere of being around kids and received lots of hugs at these events from her former students.
Cass is survived by her sisters, Jean Good Crow and Betty Wilson; daughters, Connie Pourier, Darby Steele and Delores Steele; sons, Mitchell Pourier, Richard Steele, Darrel Steele, Jr. and Dean Steele; 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.
Cass was preceded in death by her mother, Bertha (Janis) Tapio; husband, Darrel Steele; daughter, Darla Steele; sisters, Jimmie and Jackie; brothers, Delbert and Wayne; granddaughter, Michelle Pourier; and many other relatives and friends.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 3:00 PM, Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Pine Ridge Middle School Gym in Pine Ridge, SD
Funeral Services: 10:00 AM, Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Pine Ridge Middle School Gym in Pine Ridge, SD
Officiating: All Prayer Leaders Welcome
Burial Services: To Be Held at a Later Date – Cremation to follow services
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD