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Melba Stohs

June 8, 1929 — August 30, 2022

Melba Stohs, 93, Marysville, died Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at Country Place Senior Living in Marysville. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday September 3 at Kinsley Mortuary, Marysville. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral service was held 2 p.m., Sunday, September 4 at Immanuel Lutheran (Hermansberg) Church, Bremen. Burial was in the church cemetery. Melba was born June 8, 1929, at Bremen to Edwin and Selma (Holle) Duensing. She was baptized June 16, 1929, and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church on April 18, 1943. Melba attended Immanuel South School at Bremen. On April 11, 1948, she married Melvin Stohs at Immanuel Lutheran Church, and they were blessed with five children, Dave, Susan, Gerald, Gordon, and Ruth. Melba spent her life as a homemaker and helping on the family farm. She loved gardening, playing cards, square dancing, sewing, and quilting. She helped many local families with housework and cooking over the years, and she took time to visit shut ins. Melba was a member of LWML and Ladies Society of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She sang in the church choir for many years. She was a volunteer for RSVP and the Braille Center. She and Melvin enjoyed traveling to many locations in the United States with friends and family. They enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Melba was a kind and caring person, who always put the needs of others first. She lived a long, full life and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin on January 10, 2004; sister, Lavada Harnapp; son Dave Stohs; and son-in-law Ralph Anderson. Survivors include her children—Susan Anderson, Topeka; Jerry (Marsha) Stohs, Bremen; Gordon (Alice) Stohs, Wamego; Ruth (Dale) Critchfield, Cheyenne, WY; daughter-in-law Debra Stohs, Bremen; 14 grandchildren—Michel (Carolina) Stohs, Simpsonville, SC; Jeni (Zach) Sparks, Marysville; Andrea Stohs, Portland, OR; Henry Rhodes, Bremen; Samantha (Nick) Decker, Littleton, CO; Kristina (Mike) Helmer, El Dorado; Chris (Sara) Stohs, Hanover; Liz (Morgan) Sims, Overland Park; Robert (Casey) Stohs, Wetmore; Greg (Brooke) Stohs, Lincoln, NE; Kimberly (Tucker) Peddicord, St. George; Johnathan (Shelby) Stohs, Council Grove; Kelly (Rob) Miner, Cheyenne, WY; Karissa (Grant) Bishop, Cheyenne, WY; 25 great grandchildren—Lucas Stohs; Porter, Emma, Kennedy, and Layton Sparks; Taylor and Morgan Decker; Anderson and Carson Helmer; Barrett and Sutton Stohs; Drew Sims; Lola, Jameson, and Sonora Stohs; Garrett, Avery, and Emmett Stohs; Bella and Colton Peddicord; Easton and Bennett Stohs; Aspen Miner; Gianna and Grady Bishop; siblings—brother: Eldon (Glennie) Duensing, Seward, NE; sisters: Lois (Norbert) Sohl, Beatrice, NE; Olivia (Donald) Klaus, Beatrice; Alice Hausman, Falcon Heights, MN; Donna Duensing Smith, San Francisco, CA; brother-in-law Vern (Ruth) Harnapp, Longwood, FL; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Words to describe Grandma: Aloe (I think she thought it fixed everything), Beautiful, Birthday party out of town-and going to the wrong house, Blood sausage, Built, maintained and guided this country, Busy, Butchering chickens, Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes, Calm, Caring, Cards, Chicken house and eggs, Church and community involvement, Christian, Christmas slush (with rum), Cinnamon rolls, Coconut Cream Pie, Cook, Cookies in containers at Christmas (and refilled on birthdays), Corn (homegrown), Crafty, Cutting cane, Dedicated, Determined, Dominoes, Faithful, Fighter, Forgiving, Fruitful, Fun, Funny, Games with the Family, Gardener, Generous, Gentle, God-fearing, Godly, Happy, Hardworking, Healthy eating, Helpful, Homemade Salve, Kind, Kindhearted, Loving, Nice, Perseverance, Prayers (taught us to pray), Prayer warrior, Present (she always was present in the conversation/game/whatever was happening . . . she gave her attention and was present in the moment), Quilter, Que Sera Sera, Raised a great family, Real American heroes, Reassuring, Relaxed (she always seemed at ease and comfortable in her own skin), Resourceful, Selfless, Shaking Mulberries and Apricots, Spiritual, Strict, Strong, Strong Faith, Stubborn German, Sweet, Thrifty, Tough, Trains by GG’s house, Willing, Witty and Wise. A memorial fund is established to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Lutheran Hour. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary, Marysville. Video link of funeral for Melba Stohs Video link of committal of Melba Stohs To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Melba Stohs, please visit our flower store.

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