Selma Steinkuehler, 104, of Sweet Springs, died Saturday, July 4, 2009, at Sweet Springs Villa Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2009, at St. John United Church of Christ in Emma, with Pastor Tim Biesemeyer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ or St. John United Church of Christ Cemetery Fund. An online guest book is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Aug. 5, 1904, in rural Sweet Springs, she was the daughter of the late Henry Kueker and Lena Hartman Kueker. In 1929, she married Leonard F. Steinkuehler, who preceded her in death in August 1943. In 1980, she married William E. Steinkuehler, who preceded her in death in December 1984. She was a lifelong resident of the Sweet Springs area, where she worked on the farm and for many years in restaurants. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ.
Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Dittmer of Columbia, Shirley Cook of Sweet Springs and Charlene McCreight of Overland Park, Kan.; four stepdaughters, Betty Forbes of Sweet Springs, Violet Highbarger of North Kansas City, Carol Barclay of Overland Park and Doris "Mitsi" Krause of Hayes, Kan.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William Kueker and Herman Kueker; three sisters, Anna Lemler, Emma Karl and an infant; two sons-in-law; one granddaughter-in-law; one step-son-in-law; and one step-grandchild.