Waneta Adela Vogel Steimel, 94, of Salina died January 15, 2016. Waneta was born October 27, 1921, on a farm near Wright, Kansas, the daughter and oldest child of Martin and Adela (Weber) Vogel. She graduated from St. Andrew Grade School and earned her high school diploma.
Waneta Vogel married Herman Steimel from Spearville, Kansas, on January 15, 1946, at St. Andrew Catholic Church. They made their home in Dodge City with Herman working for the Colorado Flour Mills. They moved their family to Claflin in 1951 to continue his work for the company. From their marriage, Waneta and Herman had six children, three sons and three daughters.
Waneta and Herman lived in Claflin for nearly fifty years. They owned and operated S & H Lumber Company and retired in 1984. They moved to Salina in 1999 and became members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Waneta was a lifetime member of the Daughters of Isabella and Immaculate Conception Church Altar Society, lifetime member and past president of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Claflin, and member of several church and community committees. She loved cooking, visiting with friends and neighbors, card playing, gardening, and family get-togethers.
Surviving family include two sons and three daughters with their families: Robert (Lorene) Steimel of Concordia, Carol (David) Ahlvers of Salina, Lyle (Barbara) Steimel of Dallas, Sharon Steimel (Steve) Thomas of Hays, and Rosalee Steimel of Salina. Waneta has fourteen grandchildren: Della (Jay) Strait, Pam (Scott) Weiderholt, Deborah Steimel (Joe) Clair, Charles (Sarah) Steimel, Carrie Steimel, Leslie (Andy) Amick, Nolan (Lindsay) Ahlvers, Jessica Steimel, Adam (Katrina) Steimel, Kimberly Steimel, Daniel (Elizabeth) Steimel, Kelly (Dave) Lohrmeyer, Eric Thomas, and Drew Thomas. She has twenty-seven great-grandchildren: Kirsten, Zachary, and Keidra Strait; Mason, Henry, Kaleb, and Simon Weiderholt; Maggie, Dylan, Fiona, and Liam Clair; Catherine and William Steimel; Glenn Lee and Easton Steimel; Adaela, Genevieve, and Roman Amick; Harley and Wyatt Smith; Jacob Neal; Elise Steimel; Ryan Giebler, Hannah, Luke, Eli, and Noah Lohrmeyer. Waneta is survived by her two sisters, Dorothy Rueb and Margie Conrardy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman; son, Glenn; and daughter-in-law Maridell.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Salina, with Father Keith Weber officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Salina.
A rosary will be said at a vigil at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Salina and the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia.
Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Monday at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, and from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the church.
For more information or to send online condolences, visit www.ryanmortuary.com.