Rose Marie Koerner, 74, Hays, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born April 4, 1944, in Hays to Joe C. and Catherine (Wasinger) Stecklein.

She married Melvin G. “Mel” Koerner on Nov. 27, 1965, in Hays. They celebrated over 51 years of marriage until he preceded her in death Feb. 2, 2017. She worked the third shift as a certified nursing aide at Via Christi Village for 30 years.

She was member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Her hobbies included baking, crocheting, crafts, casino trips, playing bingo and shopping trips to Walmart. She enjoyed her dog, Teddy, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa M. Fose and husband, Joel, Moundridge, and Tamala LaPosa and husband, John, Wichita; two brothers, Leroy Stecklein, Osawatomie, and Ron Stecklein and wife, Linda, Olathe; two sisters, Theresa Gottschalk, Hays, and Charlene Weigel and husband, Dennis, 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; three brothers; Rich, Elmer, and Donnie Stecklein; and a sister; Dolores Dreher.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

A rosary/vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, both at the funeral home. 

Memorials are suggested to family wishes in care of the funeral home.

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