Barbara J. (LeRoy) Steckly

Born: Tue., Mar. 6, 1934
Died: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

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Barbara J. Steckly, 83, of Bryan, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan. She was born on March 3, 1934 in Elkhart, IN to Salem “Bus” and Grace (Wood) LeRoy. Barb graduated from Elkhart Central High School in 1951 and after graduating she became an Arthur Murray dance instructor in Elkhart.

For over 30 years she worked for Brown-Bigelow Publishing Company and the Lee Wayne Corporation as a sales executive. She was at one time a Conway Diet Instructor. Barb attended Faith United Methodist Church and Trinity Lutheran Church both in Bryan. She was a member of Toastmasters International and was a certified Master Gardener.

Barb is survived by her children, Brenda K. Steckly of Elkhart, IN, Laura (Mark) Nekola of Mascoutah, IN and Hans (Tracy) Steckly of Winston-Salem, NC; fiancé, Don L. Collins of Defiance; seven grandchildren, Katja Thomas, Casey Feil, Sydney Feil, Natasha, Jordan and Madeleine Nekola and Gigi Steckly; and one sister, Rose Marie Pickrell of Elkhart, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Arnold “Arnie” F. Steckly on August 2, 1997.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 12-3 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier. A funeral service will take place on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mary Beth Smith-Gunn to officiate. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier. Donations may be made in Barb’s memory to Faith United Methodist Church.

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Loralee Mercer
   Posted Mon February 12, 2018
To the family: I am a member of Pioneer Garden Club and first knew Barb at the Conway group many years ago. Your Dad was in a winning archery group with my husband and 2 others many years ago. I just ran across the pic of them that was in the paper. So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was so active despite her painful arthritis and I know that has other effects but I was shocked at her death. Just had lunch at a bazaar with several other members of the garden club. She always was smiling and so pretty. I will miss her as I am sure all her knew her will. I can't know exactly how you feel but I am thinking of you and I care. I wanted to come to the calling hours but we are iced in over here at Pioneer and I am 81 so don't get out in bad weather. God Bless you and yours at this difficult time.

Judy Hire
   Posted Mon February 12, 2018
Brenda, Laura, and Hans and families, My sincere sympathy with the loss of your dear mother, Barb. I had just seen her recently, she was always happy and had a beautiful smile. We have many good memories of spending time with your family around the pool in Montpelier. Thoughts and prayers.

Dave & Linda (Faber) Reitzel
   Posted Fri February 16, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family. God's blessings

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