Article and obit - Melba Steinmann Bucek
- Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Apr 2008, page 1
Lifelong Schulenburg resident, Melba Bucek, honored
Lifelong Schulenburg resident Melba Bucek was feted on her 100th birthday by her family on Saturday, April 5 at Regency Nursing Center.
Born April 5, 1908, Melba Julie Annie Steinmann graduated high school in 1924 and attended college in San Marcos. At age 18 she taught school in Hackberry. In 1929 she married Jerome J. Bucek and they had two children. She is also blessed with eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A member of the First Baptist Church Schulenburg, Bucek taught Sunday school for many years. In addition she was involved in scouts, school events and instrumental in the family business, Bucek Insurance Agency. She also enjoyed playing bridge, spending time with family & friends and traveling.
Bucek's family describes her as a strong woman maintaining a positive influence on those around her. On Friday, April 4, on behalf of the City of Schulenburg, Mayor Roger Moellenberndt presented Bucek with a certificate of recognition on the milestone of her 100th birthday.
Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Jan 2009, page 3
Melba Steinmann Bucek, who reached the age of 100 years, 8 months, 20 days, passed away at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
The funeral was held on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dick Druary officiating. Interment followed in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandson David Carriero, great-grandsons Chase Fielder, Bryan Bennett and Dakota Pinney, and grandsons-in-law Troy Gall and Donovan Chudej.
Born on April 5, 1908 in Schulenburg, she was the daughter of William and Minna Knape Steinmann. She attended Schulenburg High School and Southwest Teachers College. Her marriage to Jerome J. "Jerry" Bucek took place on Aug. 6, 1929 in Schulenburg.
Mrs. Bucek lived all of her 100 years in Schulenburg, except the time she spent attending college in San Marcos. She taught in a one-room school in Hackberry. She was one of the pillars of St. Paul's Church, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. Her father, William Steinmann, was responsible for St. Paul's "Lighted Cross" erected as a memorial to Melba's brothers.
She was active in the Girl Scouts, teaching many young girls to knit and crochet. She enjoying Bridge and never missed watching her son, Bill, play football.
In 1949, Mrs. Bucek and her husband started the Bucek Insurance Agency and they worked together in the business for many years.
"Melba will be remembered as a devout Christian, as a loving wife, mother to LaNelle and Bill, and was loved and greatly admired by her eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren," her family writes.
Survivors include a daughter, LaNelle Bucek Carriero; a son, William E. "Bill" Bucek; eight grandchildren, Donna Bennett, Cathy Manzak, David Carriero, Caryn Johnson, Tracy Pinney, Laurie Oldham, Beth Gall and Brooke Chudej; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband and brothers, Walter, Edwin and Bill Steinmann.
Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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