The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 4, 2012

Waneta Mae Steenbergen


OAKWOOD — Waneta Mae Steenbergen, 96, of Oakwood, passed away at 6:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Country Health Care and Rehab in Gifford.

Waneta was born on April 25, 1916, in Muncie, the daughter of William and Emma (Kinkaide) Cronkhite. She married Kenneth Steenbergen on Feb. 26, 1949, in Henderson, Ky. He preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1967.

She is survived by one daughter, Julia (Don) Stallings of Fithian; two sons, Kenneth (Jan) Bell of Ava and Gary (Joanna) Steenbergen of Summerville, S.C.; one foster son, Ngo (Anh) Chung of Valencia, Calif.; six grandchildren, Bryan Bell, Tina Walters, Lory Snider, Sherri Donaldson, Sue Johnson and Sarah Steenbergen; foster grandchildren, Vinnie and Henry Ngo; nine great-grandchildren, Elliott Bell, Travis and Sonya Walters, Seth and Emily Snider, Nick and Ben Donaldson and Jenna and Kayla Johnson; and one sister, Wilma (Jack) Thomas of Danville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Thelma Baker; and a dear friend, Ruth Cox.

Waneta graduated from Oakwood High School in 1933 and after high school attended Champaign Beauty School. She worked as a hairdresser in her home, a secretary for Time-O-Matic, mail carrier in Oakwood, and she retired in 1982 from ESCO, where she worked as a file clerk. Waneta was a member of the Oakwood Christian Church, charter member of Oakwood Historical Society, Oakwood American Legion Auxiliary, Oakwood Cemetery Board and the Eastern Star.

She enjoyed gardening, baking, cooking, making pies, traveling, playing cards, needlework, and was an avid Illini basketball fan. When she was younger, she enjoyed sponsoring Vietnamese men stationed at the Air Force base in Rantoul.

A Celebration of the Life of Waneta Mae Steenbergen will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the Oakwood Christian Church, with Pastor Chris Dodson officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will follow the service in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Wolfe-Blurton Funeral Home of Potomac is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at:

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