Kendra Diane Steiner was born on October 25, 1957 to Mervin and Verla (Johansen) Steiner in Minden, Nebraska. She died and entered into eternal rest with her Creator and Redeemer on Sunday, June 7, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. Kendra was baptized in the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Holstein, Nebraska on May 28, 1958 by Pastor D.O. Weisner, and Confirmed her faith on March 26, 1972 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kenesaw, Nebraska under the instruction of Pastor Birtram Schirmer. She then transferred her faith to Grace Lutheran Church in Franklin, Nebraska. Kendra attended school in Kenesaw and graduated from Red Cloud High School in 1976. She attended Kearney State College (now University of Nebraska at Kearney), where she graduated in 1983 with a major in education. After college, Kendra taught English, speech, creative writing and directed plays for the Kensington, Kansas school. She also worked as a 911 Dispatcher for the Hastings Police Department. Kendra's most "untraditional" job was being a welder for Dutton-Lainson in Hastings. She then became a news editor at The Red Cloud Chief, during which time her editor's personal column, "Perspectives" ," won a second place honor in the Nebraska Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, as judged by the Washington Newspapers Publishers Association. She has lived in Heartwell, Inavale, and Franklin, Nebraska. Kendra has also been an EMT-Intermediate with the Franklin Rescue Squad, and CPR instructor-trainer for the American Heart Association. Kendra was a firm believer in education. She would always encourage any person to pursue an education, and then to utilize their knowledge to help others. Kendra enjoyed doing things, like baking pies and cooking, and doing anything to help other people in need. She was also an avid reader, and enjoyed writing poetry. But the real love in her life was her family. Kendra treasured every moment she had with each one of them, especially her children. But she also enjoyed remembering all of her nieces, nephews, and other youth with special items, such as Easter Baskets.
Kendra is survived by: Significant other Randy Stover, Franklin, NE; Son Caleb Jacob, Bertrand, NE; Daughter: Arial Steiner, Franklin, NE; Mother Verla Steiner, Inavale, NE; Brother: Todd Steiner, Glenvil, NE; Sister: Cindy Jacobitz and husband David, Kenesaw, NE; Neices: Heather and Vanessa Steiner; Nephews: Adam and Taylor Jacobitz.
Memorial services will be at 2:00PM Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Book signing will be from 9AM to 7PM Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at Hutchins Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials to Arial Steiner Eduational Fund.