Pauline Louise Steinbrink, 84 years of age, of Holdrege (formerly of rural Loomis, Nebraska)

Courtesy/Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home

Celebration of Life Services for Pauline L. Steinbrink will be held at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bertrand, Nebraska on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Glenn Frecks, officiating. Interment will be held in the Highland Cemetery at Bertrand.

Pauline Louise Steinbrink, 84 years of age, of Holdrege (formerly of rural Loomis, Nebraska) passed away on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at the St. John's Good Samaritan Society in Kearney, Nebraska. Pauline was born October 20, 1929 at Kearney, Nebraska to Ernest and Louise (Holscher) Schwarz, a twin to her brother, Paul "Pete" Schwarz. She was baptized at home on November 17, 1929 and confirmed at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bertrand on June 20, 1943. She received her education from Smithfield Public School, graduating from Smithfield High School with the class of 1948.

Following her education, Pauline was united in marriage on December 12, 1953 to Eldon G. Steinbrink at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The couple celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary this past December. The couple made their home on farms in the Loomis area, where they engaged in farming and raised their family.

Pauline's Christian faith was very important in her life; she was very active in church teaching Sunday school and Bible school for many years. She also enjoyed many friendships formed through community Bible studies. She loved spending time with family, and holidays were always a special time to Pauline making family memories. In her spare time, Pauline enjoyed sewing, crafts, gardening, canning, home decorating, candy making and cooking. She helped her children with many school and 4-H projects. She also had a special place in her heart for birds, she especially loved cardinals and owls and she and Eldon would continue to feed the birds to keep them at their home. They enjoyed traveling, taking their family on many vacations visiting family throughout Nebraska, Oklahoma and California. They enjoyed their sons being local and also had enjoyed many travels to visit their daughter, Debbie in Texas, Oregon and Maryland. Pauline loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved having them stay with her and Eldon and they enjoyed attending their activities and loved laughing at their antics.

She was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, she fought and won the battle always remaining hopeful and being a wonderful example to her family how to handle the adversity of life. In July of 2012, Pauline and Eldon began to make their home at Chrisoma West in Holdrege and in July of 2013 she moved to St. John's to be near dialysis.

She is preceded in death by her parents; twin brother, Pete Schwarz and his wife, Darlene; infant triplet siblings; three brothers-in-law: Covert "Pat" Klepper, Lloyd Steinbrink, and Roger Steinbrink; sisters-in-law: Minnette "Mitzi" Steinbrink and Thelma Schultz and her husband, Bill.

Pauline leaves to mourn her passing; her loving and devoted husband, Eldon of Holdrege; her two sons: David Steinbrink and his wife, Jeannie of Holdrege and Robert Steinbrink and his wife, Linda of Loomis; her daughter, Debbie Steinbrink of Gaithersburg, Maryland; six grandchildren: Matthew Steinbrink and his wife, Dianah, Pamela Peterson and her husband, Lans, Tyler Steinbrink and his wife, Amber, Marcus Steinbrink, Micah Steinbrink and his wife, Darla, and Damon Steinbrink; six great-grandchildren: Macie, Marshall, Clayt, Adalyn, Hailie, and Skylar; sisters-in-law: Betty Klepper of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, June Steinbrink of Holdrege and Diane Steinbrink of Kearney; brothers-in-law: Rex Steinbrink and his wife, Twyla of Trenton, Nebraska, and Paul Steinbrink of Kearney; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in Pauline's honor and will be designated at a later date.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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