In loving memory...
This page is dedicated to Sets in Step friends who are no longer with us.
We know Heaven must have some great squares!
We know Heaven must have some great squares!
We were very sad to say goodbye to our dear friend, Marguerite Keating, in late February of 2021. Marguerite was a member of our club for many years, always with a smile, always willing to pitch in and help. An expert seamstress, Marguerite was the person who got us all in our multi-colored floral outfits that we all wore in the late 1990's through the first couple of decades of the 2000's. She served as the club's publicity chair for many years, and hosted the team of people who put together our club's History Project for the 60th anniversary. Her life was not always easy, but through it all she always kept a positive attitude and spread joy to whomever she was with.
Helen Adele Steadman (1928-2021)
Helen joined Sets in Step in 1990, and over the years she helped our club in more ways than can be counted. Serving as our club Treasurer for many years, she was always at the front table, greeting people as they came in for the dance. We will miss her kind and generous attitude.
The following is shared with permission from Helen's loving family:
Helen is remembered with great love by her family and many friends. She was born in Washington D.C. and moved to California as a very young girl. An alumna of UCLA, she taught English in Japan in the 1950’s. After returning to the United States, she continued her career in the Burbank School District retiring after 40+ years of teaching elementary school. Many of her students stayed in touch with her throughout her lifetime and often told her about the positive impact she made on their lives. She cherished those connections.
Helen was a teacher in and out of the classroom. She loved to travel and brought back wonderful stories and photos of her global adventures. She enthusiastically incorporated her travels into her teaching and brought the world to her students. Family gatherings always included a slide projector and portable screen. After retiring, she and her two sisters, Margie and Anne, began their annual tradition of the “Sisters Trip” alternating who planned and surprised the other two. For over 20 years they enjoyed globetrotting together through Mexico, Canada, Europe, and many U.S. states traveling by train, airplane, boat, car and even hot air balloon.
Throughout her lifetime and especially in retirement, Helen volunteered countless hours to her many passions including her church, square-dancing, cancer patient care, and Daughters of the American Revolution.
Above all, Helen was dedicated to her family. She was deeply loved by all her nieces and nephews who affectionately called her A.H. (Auntie Helen). She was actively involved in all their lives and always had open arms, an open heart, and a willingness to help in any way she could. Helen had a special gift of knowing how to be present in the moment and how to truly show how much she cared about each of us. Perhaps her great nephew, Dane, says it best, “I’ll always remember how Helen would stop, look me in the eye, and ask, ‘Now, how are you, dear?’ That was indicative of exactly who she was; someone who was so greatly loved because she greatly loved and shone the light of our Father. She was my great-aunt who was affectionate, genuine, and always ready to catch up over a cup of tea. We look forward to seeing her again soon, sitting with some tea, and hearing all about Heaven.”
Bill Rathfelder 6/20/1929 - 3/26/2019
Sets in Step friends and family are sad to announce the death of Bill Rathfelder.
Bill was born in Los Angeles, the eldest of three children of Charles and Lillian Rathfelder. He attended LA City College and later transferred to UCLA, majoring in aeronautical engineering. He and his wife Dorothy had two sons, David and Robert. Bill worked briefly for Century Engineers and then moved to Lockheed, as a designer/drafter. Over his long career at Lockheed, he worked on a multitude of different types of aircraft, and airplanes were a lifelong interest. He also was an avid beekeeper and grower of orchids. Bill attended Mount Olive Lutheran Church in La Crescenta, and was active in many things including playing hand bells and choir. After his wife's death, he took up square dancing. Bill was a graduate of Sets in Step's 2012 class, and was a regular at the club as Marguerite's partner.
Bill passed away peacefully in Glendale, CA on March 26th, surrounded by his family and loved ones. The square dancing community will miss him.
Charles Brandt 7/14/1959 – 8/1/2018
Sets In Step, and the whole Square Dancing community, have lost a good friend. Charles Brandt was taken from us at a much too early age, on August 1, 2018.
He was born in Evansville, Indiana, and grew up in Mesa, Arizona, and Glendale, California, graduating from Herbert Hoover High School. Charlie started to go to square dances with his parents Melvin and Carrie Brandt as a child, and decided to take it up himself as a teenager. He was a wonderful dancer, able to do both the men’s and ladies’ parts with ease.
Charlie developed Diabetes in his early 40’s, and unfortunately because of it he became legally blind. But with his amazing memory and many years of square dancing behind him, that wasn’t enough to stop him from continuing to be a great dancer. He joined Sets In Step in 2013 and immediately became a favorite in the club. He was always ready to help be an angel at the classes, or announce upcoming dances at visits to other clubs or be host at our after dance meetings. In June 2017 he was voted in as Co-President of the Club and was still serving in that capacity that at the time of his death.
Charlie had a history of heart problems and in June of 2018 had a pacemaker/defibrillator inserted to help his heart beat properly. Unfortunately, there must have been too much damage to the heart and he passed away quickly in his new home at Broadview Residence for the Retired.
He was preceded in death by his mother in 1985, followed by his father in 1995, and his oldest sister, Carol, in 2003. He is survived by his twin sisters, Nancy and Barbara, his beloved Aunt Angless, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family have suggested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Charlie's memory to the Braille Institute.
We will always remember Charlie for his intelligence, good humor, willingness to help in whatever way he could and dedication to Square Dancing. All of his friends in the Square Dance World will miss Charlie and will remember him with love.
There will be a memorial celebrating Charlie's life on Friday, September 7th, preceding our dance that night, starting at 6:00 PM, at the Knights of Columbus in Montrose. A light potluck supper will be served; please contact Connie Yeseta to let her know what you can bring to share.