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Goodbye, Keta

Apr. 26, 2013
 
Keta Steebs in the Door County Advocate newsroom in 1988. The journalist, whose association with the Advocate began in 1969, died Friday, two days after her 88th birthday.
Keta Steebs in the Door County Advocate newsroom in 1988. The journalist, whose association with the Advocate began in 1969, died Friday, two days after her 88th birthday.
Keta Steebs attended her 70th high school reunion in January in Homestead, Mich. / File Photos /Door County Advocate

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The Door County Advocate family is in mourning with the death Friday morning of Keta Steebs, who was part of this newspaper since 1969. She died in her sleep at her home in Sturgeon Bay, two days after celebrating her 88th birthday.

Inducted last fall into the Milwaukee Press Club Media Hall of Fame, Steebs continued to write a weekly column long after her retirement. She won numerous awards for her work, including the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s Robert T. Wright Award for local column writing.

Born in Iron River, Mich. in 1925, she moved with her beloved husband, Herman, to Sister Bay in 1955 to open Herman’s Market, Her reporting career began with a brief stint at the Green Bay Press-Gazette before moving to the Advocate.

In a reminiscence for the Advocate’s 150th anniversary edition in March 2012, Steebs wrote, “I met and interviewed a wonderful mix of people: authors, playwrights, politicians, doctors, lawyers, merchants and chiefs. I can only say in closing that it’s been one fantastic run.”

Arrangements are pending at Huehns Funeral Home. Watch for a more appropriate sending-off — including her final column — in Wednesday’s Advocate.

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