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James E. Steffen “Tiny”

Service Date: February 1, 2020
Visitation Info: St. Henry Church
Interment Info: Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Service Info: St. Henry Church
Service Info

James E. Steffen “Tiny”, 77, of Union KY, passed away Friday, January 24, 2020, at St Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood KY. He was retired from Sears Roebuck and Co. after 27 years of service and managed Indiana Monument Company. He was a member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame as well as Covington Catholic High School Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Elizabeth “Taffy” Steffen (nee Griswold). Survivors include his son Tim (Shannon) Steffen, son Joe (Danielle) Steffen, daughter Molly (Jimmy) Judge, daughter Carrie Judd, daughter Laura Steffen, daughter Lesley (Eric) Moore, brother Richard (Diane) Steffen and sister Rose Unkraut. Also, surviving are grandchildren Adam, Dylan, Lauren, Charlie, Tyler, Olivia, Ruby, Dawson, Ryan and great-grandchild Quinn. A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, February 1, 2020, from 9am to 10am with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at St Henry Church in Elsmere, KY. A reception will follow the funeral mass at the Erlanger Lions Club 5996 Belair Dr, Erlanger, KY 41018. Burial of cremains will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger, KY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Tim Shields Class of ’61 Scholarship Fund 1600 Dixie Hwy, Park Hills KY, 41011. Online condolences can be sent at

9:00 am - 10:00 am

St. Henry Church

3813 Dixie Hwy
Elsmere, KY 41018
Phone: (859) 727-2035
10:00 am

St. Henry Church

3813 Dixie Hwy
Elsmere, KY 41018
Phone: (859) 727-2035

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Address: 3227 Dixie Hwy ERLANGER, KY 41018
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Erlanger Lions Club

5996 Belair Dr.
Erlanger, KY 41018

A good man and dear friend

Dear Steffen family, please accept my condolences during your time of sorrow. Tiny was a good man and dear friend to my family. He was especially close to my dad Pat. I’ve heard many stories of how they played ball beginning in their grade school days down in Covington. In more recent times Tiny called my Dad on the phone about 6 days out of 7 just to check in. I think the only reason he didn’t call on the 7th day was because they had plans to see each other. I know Tiny had a long call list and appreciate that my Dad was on it. It brightened his days. I’m also glad I had the chance to visit with Tiny when I was in Nky last November. I reached out to him as much as I could when I was in town and he always made time for my call if we didn’t manage to meet in person. He told me a funny joke every time we met and he gave me permission to use them myself! I only wish I would have written them down; I could have a book by now. He was funny. Tiny will be missed by a great many people but we share in the joy of having known him and will remember him fondly. May God bless Tiny and all of you.
Kind regards,
Rick Collins,
Helsinki, Finland

Our condolences

My heart goes out to all, as I know that Tiny left a big impression on everyone he met. My heart especially goes out to his kids and family. Our thoughts are with you. Much love to you all.

Thoughts and Prayers – Sorry to hear of the death of “Tiny” . I know Ron Bucher will miss him greatly. You have our prayers and sympathy at this time of loss. God be with you and give you courage and peace. Sister Janet Bucher and the Bucher Family.

Sorry to hear of the death of Tiny . I know Ron will miss him greatly. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. God be with and bless you.
Sister Janet and the Bucher Family

With sympathy

I was sorry to hear of James’s passing. I met him a number of years ago when he and Tim and I met to discuss family history. We figured out we were 3rd cousins.

Paul Weisenberger
Milwaukee, WI
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At this time I pray for all of Tiny’s children and family! Tiny was a good person in many ways, I’m sure he is in heaven and enjoying the joys of it along with seeing all the many family members that have past before us! I’m sure they are having one hell of a great card party and drinking their beer!!


I am so very sorry for your loss. May all your memories keep him alive in your heart! Love & Prayers, Mary Jo Menning

A Hall of Famer in every sense of the word

To the Steffen Family- we are thinking of you as you cope with the sadness of not having Tiny here with you all. He was truly one of a kind, with a big sense of humor and a bigger heart.
He’s home with the Father and his devoted wife Taffy and all his old buddies who’ve proceeded him to the Promise Land.
Your memories of him and his stories of the past will live in each of you today and in the future. He will be with you all everyday in your hearts. Godspeed Tiny.
Andy and Bekeh Shields

Tiny ‘s Family .

DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Tiny’s Wife & entire Family.
I have known Tiny since the 1970’s. Met him at Webbies Carry out.
I called Tiny few years ago about getting a Head Stone for my Brother
buried at St Joes in Price Hill. He took care of everything. I drank a few cold ones with Tiny at Webbies. I AM SO SORRY to hear about his passing.
Tim Gray.

So Sorry for your loss

So sorry for your loss. Tiny always made us feel welcomed into your family.
He will be missed.
Moose, Rene` & Maxine Wilson