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Gregory John Steele, age 76 of Becker, MN, passed away on March 25, 2020 at Parkview Care Center in Buffalo. He was born on September 9, 1943 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Wardell “Jack” and Margaret (Schmitt) Steele.

He graduated from Harding High School and furthered his education and University of MN for his undergraduate and attended St. John’s University for Theology classes.

On June 14, 1969 he was joined in marriage to Kathleen “Kathy” Kargel in St. Paul, MN. They were blessed with six children.

Greg was ordained a Deacon on December 12, 1981, and served the Diocese of St. Cloud, then most recently had been serving as a Deacon at St. Michael Catholic Church since January of 2006. He served his community by being actively involved in the opening of St. Vincent de Paul in St. Michael. He also led support groups for those who have suffered a loss through death or divorce. He retired from St. Paul Companies in 1998, where he spent 30 years of his career, before joining Catholic United Financial as an insurance agent.

Greg was a compassionate and friendly person with a generous heart. He always made sure to think of others’ needs before his, and would show his love by providing home cooked meals for his grandchildren, saying prayers, or helping with chores and household tasks. His gentle nature, generosity, and kindness are just a few qualities that made him such an inspirational person to know.

His devotion to his faith was especially important, and he helped serve the St. Michael Catholic Church community as a Deacon. You could find him praying the rosary several times a day. He devoted his life to prayer, in fact, once you got on Greg’s prayer list, you never got off until the prayer was answered! One of his most special moments for him as a Deacon was being able to marry all of his children in the Church.

Greg loved fishing, camping on the North Shore, tending his garden, and watching sports. He’d follow his grandchildren’s sporting events and school programs closely, knowing all the stats and details going on. He especially loved spending as much time with them as he could.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Kathy who died tragically in an automobile accident in February 2000; his parents, Jack and Margaret; siblings, Jackie Crawford, Mark Steele, and Joyce Mey.

Greg is survived by his children, Andrea (Tony) Wolf, Beth (Chris) Halvorson, Brenda (Pete) Ewing, Matt Steele, Peter (Jenny) Steele, and Theresa (Ben) Sartori; grandchildren, Ashley (Bill) Frank, Abby, Andrew, and Adam Wolf: Zach, Teddy, and Thomas Halvorson: Mckayla and Jackson Ewing: Simon, Philip, Eve, Solomon, and Phineas Steele: Grace, Ella, Kate, Hannah, and Luke Sartori; siblings, Jim (Carol) Steele and Patty (Wally) Sofie; and many other relatives and friends.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Michael Catholic Church. Due to the public gathering restrictions, friends and other family members are able to live stream the Mass from home by visiting the St. Michael Catholic Church website ( A private interment will take place following the service at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Becker, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family of Greg Steele, with the plan of making a donation to a charity of their choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

15 Guestbook Entries

  1. Julie Schleper, OSB

    My deepest sympathy to all of you! Be assured of my prayers.

  2. Shelly Kasper

    Deepest sympathy from the Ron Kasper family. He was a true friend. Our Catholic United agent. A Deacon in our church and a truly amazing servant of God. Loved his family and anyone he came in contact with. He will be sadly missed!

  3. Sr. Karen Niedzielski OFS

    I am the spiritual assistant for the SFO group of which
    Greg was a

  4. arlene blad

    i am sorry for your loss. deacon steele was a very special person to me. he was so kind and always cared how everyone was doing.he will be god be with you all.arlene blad.

  5. Dcn Jeff Fromm

    How sad that we have lost our brother deacon, but how wonderful that he has been embraced by our loving Father in heaven. We lives on in the lives of SO many. May he continue his life in the Presence of the Lord.

  6. Spiritus Sanctus Fraternity

    Deacon Greg’s passing is a great loss to every one he came in contact with. He was a special friend to our fraternity here in Brainerd and touched our lives in such a wonderful way. He will be missed by many. Our heartfelt prayers go out to all of you. Annie Knakmuhs, Ofs

  7. Harald Borrmann

    I had the privilege of serving alongside Greg in his work with Catholic United, and for him it seemed to be another form of his active and prayerful ministry. May God bless you and provide comfort to all Greg’s friends and family.

  8. Mary Rose

    Our sympathy to all of you from the Roses. One could tell how much he loved you because he loved talking about his family. Deacon Greg was a dear servant of God in all he did. May he have eternal peace in Heaven. Kevin & Mary

  9. Eva Jahnke

    My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Greg will be greatly missed by his Franciscan Fraternity, San Damiano. He was a wonderful, thoughtful friend blessing us with his humor and knowledge. Rest in peace dear friend.

  10. Tracy Brandes

    We were blessed to know deacon Greg! He helped with our divorce care in Buffalo. He was a kind, funny, deeply Catholic person Jeff and I were so happy to have met your dad and grandpa! He was very Christian but he loved getting to know each person and what we were about. He deeply loved your mother and talked about being with her! We have been greatly blessed in knowing him. Love and blessings. Tracy and Jeff Brandes

  11. Teresa Langton

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. I had the pleasure of working with Deacon Greg on the Divorce Care ministry at St. Francis Xavier in Buffalo. He was so kind and helpful in getting the program started in our parish. He was such a kind and delightful man. I really enjoyed working with him and getting to know him.

  12. Pamela Troje

    We attended the funeral online. We will continue to pray for all of Greg and Kathy’s family. You inherited special parents who led by example and unconditional love that will continue with your children. He will be missed, our family’s prayer warrior. We will miss his laughter and his care. The memorial service helped. It was lovely.
    Cousin Pam and Bernie

  13. Jessie O'Ryan

    Uncle Greg was a great guy. I loved his humor.. He was funny, kind, humble, and friendly. I was honored that he married me. I was a lucky girl to have a favorite uncle marry me while my dad was looking down on me. I do know that my dad would of approved 100%. My continued prayers for you all during the difficult times. Your father is in good hands up there in heaven. May the great memories carry you through the difficult times.

  14. Sue peters

    Brenda, Pete and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Mark and Sue Peters

  15. Carleen Keske (Johnson)

    Greg was such a kind and loving man. A great example of a devoted Christian. He has always had a special place in my heart. I am truly sorry for his family.


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