Nadine Stuerke, 87, of Higginsville, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, at her home.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 17, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Higginsville, with Pastor Marcus Jauss officiating. Music will be provided by Donna Owens, organist, and Sandy Starkebaum, vocalist. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hoefer Funeral Home, Inc., In Higginsville. Pallbearers are Dale Jenkins, David Jenkins, Roger Meyers, Greg Soendker, Mike Rogers and Cameron Meyers.
Nadine was a beloved mother, grandmother, nana and aunt. She is survived by her daughter Debra and son-in-law Derrick Krieger of Higginsville, and her son Steven of Columbia; six grandchildren, Brandon and Becky Stuerke of Columbia, Caleb and Vanessa Stuerke of Wheatland, Wyo., Zach and Robin Stuerke of Wahiawa, Hawaii, Luke Stuerke of Vietnam, Mitchell Krieger of Higginsville, and Zack Krieger of East Stroudsburg, Pa. She is also survived by six – soon to be seven – great-grandchildren; Madison Steurke of Wahiawa, Hawaii, Gwen, Calvin and Bri Stuerke of Columbia, and Ethan and Owen Stuerke of Wheatland, Wyo. She is also survived by her sister Donna Meyers and husband Ernie of Concordia, sister-in-law Carol Stuerke of Higginsville, brother-in-law Paul Stuerke and wife Betsy of Tuscola, Ill., and brother-in-law Neal Stuerke and wife Phyllis of Sweet Springs. Her extended family includes dozens of amazing nieces and nephews scattered all over the world.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Jim; her parents; brothers Fred, Bill, Alford, Carl, Glenn, Bobby and Marvin Rogers; sisters Helen Daniels, Hazel Nadler and Betty Souder; in-laws Floyd and Eunice (Stuerke) Jenkins and Bill Stuerke.
Nadine married Jim in 1950 and enjoyed 57 years of marriage before Jim passed away in 2007. She worked outside the home before her children were born but, after Deb and Steve came along, she delighted in being a homemaker. She often said the best years of her life were when her kids were small and she could be home with them. Later, she went back to work at Kramer's Clothing and later at Buck's Supermarket, making the best donuts in town. Nadine and Jim attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Higginsville and Nadine taught Sunday School for several years. She lived to see many of her students have families of their own. Nadine loved to cook, grow flowers, embroider, read and play with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Nadine will be missed by so very many. Memorials can be made to the Radio Fund at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Higginsville, the Higginsville Senior Center, or Crossroads Hospice.