SPRINGBROOK - Vehicles lined the sides of all three streets in the tiny community of Springbrook in Jackson County Friday morning as more than 400 people turned out to give a final farewell to Janet Steines.
Steines, 60, died after being thrown from a buggy during a Fourth of July parade in Bellevue. Her husband, Mardell Steines, was driving the buggy when the horses bolted toward the end of the parade and injured 24 people. Janet Steines landed on a concrete driveway and died at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Friday's funeral was for the Steines family, as well as the community, to help bring healing as people cope with the accident at the parade, said the Rev. Donald Bakewell.
"When I met with Mardell and the family we prayed for Janet, but then Mardell asked me to pray, too, for the others who were injured and their families," Bakewell said.
He said many questions will remain for those who witnessed the accident or who were injured, including children who were there to watch the parade and drivers of other vehicles in the lineup.
"The children will still wonder what happened," he said. "The combine driver will question himself, some said he should have backed up in the combine, he wonders if he should have jumped on the horses."
Bakewell encouraged the families to find peace and are able to move forward.
"Janet is at home now," he said.
The family of Janet Steines released this statement following her funeral on Friday:
"Today, we celebrated the life of a very beautiful, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Janet Steines.
"Janet's wonderful smile and loving personality will be deeply missed by family, friends and her faith community. Though her time here was cut short due to the horrific event that took place on July 4, Janet's powerful impact upon other's lives will be everlasting.
" We thank all of our family, friends, community members and the nation for the overwhelming support and prayers during this most difficult time. The family of Janet Steines has been and will continue to pray for all those injured and affected by this tragedy."