June 7, 1918 – June 10, 2013
Marie A.Wambeke died at the age of 95 on June 10, 2013, at the Billings Clinic. She was born June 7, 1918, in Bruning, Neb., to German immigrants William and Helena (Hinrichs) Steffens. In 1919, the Steffens family traveled over the Big Horn Mountains in a Model T Ford to settle in Deaver.
Marie graduated from Deaver High School in 1936 and married her high school sweetheart, Emiel Wambeke, June 7, 1937. Emiel and Marie spent 49 years together in the Deaver/Powell area. Marie spent many years working at and managing the Trailway Cafe in Deaver and completed her employment years working at the Deaver School. She remained on the family farm until the time of her death.
Marie loved to fish and often talked about the large fish fries that they had after a successful fishing trip. She also loved to travel and relished the trips she made after retirement with her brother Fred and sister Martha. She enjoyed bowling into her 90s and loved playing cards. She and her cribbage partner took second place in the local cribbage tournament this year. She spent many hours volunteering at the Deaver/Frannie Methodist Church and helping with the senior lunches at the Deaver Community Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emiel; sisters Martha, Helen and Dorothy; brother Fred; son-in-law J.R. Wright and grandson Wendell Wright.
She is survived by her children Loretta Schwehr (John), Jim Wambeke (Judy) and John Wambeke (Evelyn) of Deaver and Evelyn Wright and Mary Fraser (John) of Powell; 14 grand-children; 27 great-grand-children; eight great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 14, 2013, at the Deaver/Frannie United Methodist Church in Deaver. Viewing will take place Thursday, June 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Thompson’s Funeral Home, 111 West Third Street, Powell.
Memorial donations may be made to the Deaver/Frannie United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.