Funeral Services Set for Stillwater Sisters Killed in Wisconsin

A funeral service for Kacee Tollefsbol and Ashlee Steele has been set for Friday, Aug. 29 at the Church of St. Michael in Stillwater. The sisters were victims of a double homicide in Wisconsin.

Kacee, 38, of Lake Elmo, and her sister Ashlee, 39, were killed Aug. 22  in the Steele’s home in Fitchburg. Police have arrested Steele’s husband, former Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Steele, for murder.

Andrew and Ashlee Steele had two children. Kacee married her husband Mark Tollefsbol earlier this summer, and is survived by her four children.

Ashlee and Kacee’s maiden name was Putnam. Both were graduates of Stillwater Area High School.

In lieu of flowers, the families are requesting donations made to Ashlee and Kacee’s children.

Contributions can be made to the Kacee Tollefsbol Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo branch bank. Mention account number 658-421-5997.

Donors to the Ashlee Steele Memorial Fund should mention account number 658-421-6003.

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Kacee is survived by her husband Mark Tollefsbol of Lake Elmo; children Ava (12), Jacob (11), Ella (11), and Jed (9); parents Mike and Diane (DuPuis) Putnam of Stillwater; brother Brad (Rachelle) Putnam; sister Hailee (Steven) Meisterling; grandmother Joan DuPuis; and many other adoring family members and friends.

Ashlee “was a gentle, fun, and deeply appreciated 3s teacher at Christ Memorial Preschool,” her obituary reads. “She had boundless love for children, including her students, many nieces and nephews, and most especially the son and daughter to whom she was fiercely devoted. Ashlee delighted in being part of a big family and took her role as the oldest of four siblings semi-seriously – she projected authority when necessary but was too cheerful and witty to be serious for long. She approached challenges with confident determination and was beautiful inside and out.”

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Ashlee is survived by her children Jack (turning 13 this week) and Rachael (10); husband Andrew Steele of Fitchburg; parents Mike and Diane (DuPuis) Putnam of Stillwater; brother Brad (Rachelle) Putnam; sister Hailee (Steven) Meisterling; grandmother Joan DuPuis; and many other adoring family members and friends.

Their grandmother Norma Putnam also died on Aug. 22 in Wisconsin Rapids.

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