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Melba Leota (Suhr) Steckelberg, 91, of Fremont died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at Nye Legacy Health and Rehab.

She was born July 19, 1923, to Herbert and Alma (Beckmann) Suhr on a farm near Staplehurst and grew up in Seward County. Melba was baptized on Aug. 12, 1923, at the Zion Lutheran Church (now Our Redeemer Church) in Marysville. She was confirmed on March 21, 1937, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Utica. Melba graduated from Beaver High School in Beaver Crossing in May 1941 and earned college credits from Concordia University in Seward and Concordia College in River Forest, Chicago. She taught school in Seward County rural schools; Bethany Lutheran in Houston, Texas; St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Omaha; and Trinity Lutheran School in Fremont. Melba married Lowell Steckelberg on June 12, 1949, at Zion Lutheran Church in Marysville. Two children were born to this marriage: Allen Lowell in 1952 and James Milton 1954.

Melba’s family and church activities were the most important focus in her life. She had one brother, Marvin Suhr, who passed away in 2014. She has five granddaughters and four great-grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling with her cousins, John, Marilyn, Marjorie and Geraldine. She loved to fish, and loved going to the Fremont Lakes and to her son’s cabin in Wisconsin. Melba had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening and plants and flowers of all varieties.

She is survived by: her husband, Lowell Donald Steckelberg of Fremont; sons, Allen Lowell Steckelberg and his wife, Nancy, of Lincoln, James Milton Steckelberg and his wife, Christie, of Rochester, Minn.; granddaughters, Jamie Steckelberg Scott and her husband, Jeffrey, of Lincoln, Chelsea Steckelberg Weinstein and husband, David, of Minneapolis, Rachel Steckelberg of Los Angeles, Ali Steckelberg Piper and her husband, Scott, of Omaha; Kathryn Steckelberg Handlogten and husband, Jason, of Rochester, Minn.; great grandchildren, Mara Scott, Lincoln, Preston Scott, Lincoln, Oliver Piper, Omaha, Violet Weinstein, Minneapolis; sister-in-law, Dawn Suhr of Oceanside, Calif.; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Melba was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Alma Suhr, and brother, Marvin Suhr.

The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dan Heuer officiating.

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The committal will follow in Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the Ludvigsen Mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran School.

An online guestbook can be signed at www.ludvigsenmortuary.com.

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