Benoite Stepka, age 76, of New Prague, died Sunday, October 9, 2016, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.  Benoite was born October 31, 1939, in Credit River Township, Scott County to Carl M. and Fidelis T. (Tieben) Schmitz.  She graduated from the Prior Lake High School class of 1957 and had some additional training with H & R Block.  Benoite married Lawrence R. Stepka on February 8, 1958 at St. Peter’s Church in Credit River.  The couple bought their farm in 1961 and spent the remainder of their lives farming the land and raising their family.  Benoite also worked as a tax preparer for H & R Block in Shakopee.  She was in 4-H Club for 9 years, was a member of St. Catherine’s CCW, Queen of Peace  Hospital Auxiliary for 10 years, and St. Patrick and St. Catherine Mission Quilting.  Her favorite hobbies were quilting and sewing.

Benoite is survived by her children, Laura Stepka, Lauretta Whitley, Mark Stepka, Marty Stepka; brother, Cyril (Carol) Schmitz; sister, Charlene (Matt) Scheffler; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence on September 12, 2003; daughter, Kathleen Stepka; son Lawrence Stepka, Jr.; son-in-law, Robert Whitley; sisters, LuAnne Tellers, Julaine Schoer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held, Monday, October 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. Catherine’s Church of Spring Lake Township with Father Michael Miller officiating. Visitation will take place Sunday from 3-6 PM at Bruzek Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to Mass at Church on Monday morning.  Burial will occur at St. Catherine Cemetery immediately after Mass followed by lunch at St. Patrick of Cedar Lake Church Social Hall.