LCDR Wilda L. Steinkuhler, NC USN (Retired)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LCDR Wilda L. Steinkuhler, NC USN (Retired), 95, of Brunswick, Maine, formerly of Sweet Springs, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs, with Pastor Dan Wing officiating. Burial with full military rites will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Women In Military Service For America or family choice, in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born Sept. 14, 1918, in rural Sweet Springs, she was the daughter of the late Leo A. Steinkuhler and Emma Marie Militzer Steinkuhler. She was raised in the Sweet Springs area where she was a 1937 graduate of Sweet Springs High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing following her formal education at nursing schools in St. Louis and Kansas City. She was accepted as a nurse in the Navy Nurse Corps and served her country faithfully from Jan. 1, 1944, until July 31, 1973, when she retired with the rank of lieutenant commander. She served during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam, and earned the American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Her career in the United States Navy took her to 12 different Naval Hospitals and Clinics, including two overseas assignments in Guam and Japan. Her last assignment was in Brunswick, Maine, where she became a permanent resident of that area. Following her Navy retirement, she worked several years as a nurse practitioner. She was a founder and charter member of Women In Military Service For America, and at the time of her death, was the oldest living female veteran of World War II in Maine. She was a member of the American Legion. She attended the Lutheran Church in Maine, and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Sweet Springs, which she still considered her home church.

Survivors include three nieces, Becky Brown of Dyer, Nev., Wanda Britain of Sunrise Beach and Darlene Dotson, of Marshall; one nephew, Jerry Steinkuhler of Concordia; as well as all of their families.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin Steinkuhler and Edward Steinkuhler; one sister, VerNell Henley; two nieces, Betty Clemens and Myrna Loy Steinkuhler; and one nephew, Olen L. Henley.

Additional information provided per family recompense.