Joyce Steinle

Joyce M. Steinle, 78, died on October 2, 2012 at Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence, Kansas. 

She was born in Russell, KS on August 26, 1934, the daughter of George Steinle Jr. and Martha E. (Galyardt) Steinle.  

Joyce graduated from Russell High School and was Drum Major of the Band for three years.   She excelled in this endeavor and was lauded by many for the way she led the marching band and for twirling shows at the halftime of basketball games.  During her later years in high school and after, Joyce worked with her mother in the popular family restaurant, Martha’s Café.  During her mother’s reclining years and after her mother’s death in 1976, Joyce managed and worked in Martha’s Café.  After closing the restaurant, Joyce worked in the Russell Inn Restaurant and then was an employee at Russell Regional Hospital in the kitchen.  When her health permitted, Joyce was an avid walker and many Russell residents would comment about seeing her walk long distances from her home in the early evenings.  Many times, she was accompanied by one of her dogs, which she adored through the years.  Joyce was a lifetime active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Russell.  In addition to her giving to her church, she was a generous contributor to many charitable organizations both locally and nationally. 

Joyce is survived by her brother Leonard G. Steinle and wife, Nancy.  Additionally, she was very loving to other family members, including niece Lenette Johnson and husband, Steve; nephew Kirk Steinle and wife Denise;  nephew Dr. Brad Steinle and wife Monica; and niece Melanie Steinle and fiancé Randy Watson.   Other survivors include grand nieces and nephews; Adrian, Kirsten, Kayla, Juliana, Alex, Jacob and Jenna. 

Memorial Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Russell on Monday, October 15 at 10:30 AM.   In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Russell Food Pantry, Hays Humane Society or Lawrence Presbyterian Manor and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

7 Condolences

  1. Julia Rose-Weston on October 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    The Lord’s peace to Joyce’s family. Jack and I will miss her greatly!

  2. Kim Steinle Wann on October 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    She is safely in the Lord’s arms. My sympathies to all her family. She will be missed.

  3. Betty & Dean on October 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Our sympathy to all of Joyce’s family. What a sweet special lady she was. Rest in peace, Joyce. – Betty & Dean Boxberger

  4. Jack & June Brannum on October 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Leonard and family:
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. I remember Joyce as a great person. We are so sorry for your loss.

  5. Carol (Tilzey) Herman on October 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I remember Joyce very well when we lived in Russell. She was a dear sweet hard-working lady. She rests now.

  6. Ruth (Tittel) Pickering on October 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I have fond memories of being a part of the Russell High School Band and Orchestra. I was in complete awe of Joyce, and envious of her stature while leading the band.

  7. Ward & Crystal on October 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    What an awesome lady. Joyce was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Our deepest sympathies to her family.
    Ward, Crystal, Calder & Kiefer

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