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Rose Marie (Stecklein) Koerner

April 4, 1944 ~ November 10, 2018 (age 74)

Rose Marie Koerner

Rose Marie Koerner, 74, Hays, died Saturday, November 10, 2018 at HaysMed.

She was born April 4, 1944 in Hays, the daughter of Joe C. and Catherine (Wasinger) Stecklein.  On November 27, 1965 she was united in marriage to Melvin G. “Mel” Koerner in Hays.  They celebrated over 51 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on February 2, 2017.  For 30 years she worked the third shift as a certified nursing aide at Via Christi Village, and she was member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.  Her hobbies included baking, crocheting, crafts, casino trips, playing Bingo, and shopping trips to Wal-Mart.  She loved her dog, Teddy and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Survivors include two daughters; Lisa M. Fose and husband Joel of Moundridge and Tamala LaPosa and husband John of Wichita, two brothers; Leroy Stecklein of Osawatomie and Ron Stecklein and wife Linda of Olathe, two sisters; Theresa Gottschalk of Hays and Charlene Weigel and husband Dennis of Gorham, four grandchildren; Trina, Ashley, Scott, and Heather Hupka, seven great-grandchildren; Evelyn White, Nathaniel Galle, Addilynn Gerrild, Lexi Gerrild, Tori Keller, Drake Leach, and Brooklynn Baumann, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Melvin, three brothers; Rich, Elmer, and Donnie Stecklein, and one sister; Dolores Dreher. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1805 Vine Street, with Fr. Barry Brinkman officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 on Monday and from 9:00 am until 9:45 on Tuesday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street.  A rosary and vigil service will be at 6:30 pm on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to family wishes, in care of the funeral home.  Condolences and memories of Rose may be shared with the family at

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