• August 3, 1935 - December 1, 2017
  • Kansas City, Missouri

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Mrs. Nona Ruth Steinbrink, neé Sword, passed away at 12:45 a.m. on December 1, 2017 in Smithville, Missouri at the age of 82 at the Smithville Living Center.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in her honor on December the 16th at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Smithville, Missouri. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Nona's life.

Nona was born on August 3, 1935 in Abilene, Kansas to Charlie and Ruth Sword. She had two younger brothers, Duane and Allen. Her schooling was in Hamlin, Kansas, and she had the opportunity to travel by train to Sabetha to take piano lessons. She graduated from Hamlin High School in 1953. She accepted the Lord as her Savior at the age of 13 and was baptized.

Nona met her future husband at a roller skating rink in Sycamore Springs, Kansas. She attended business college in Kansas City before becoming the wife of Roger Steinbrink on November 26th of 1955 in Hiawatha, Kansas. Beginning their life together, Nona and Roger lived in Hiawatha before moving to Wichita, Kansas where she worked for Boeing for several years. After welcoming two children, Wesley and Marcia, into their family in Wichita, Nona and Roger returned to Hiawatha where two more children, Karen and Jill were born. After several more moves, including Vacaville, California and Lake Waukomis, Missouri, Nona and Roger settled in Smithville, Missouri. where they finished raising their family. She enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, and playing games with the family.

Besides being a busy wife and homemaker, Nona was also church pianist and organist for many years at the Smithville United Methodist Church where she was a member, playing for regular services and seasonal cantatas. A dream of hers was to be able to teach piano lessons, which she achieved, and she taught for many years as well. She entered an original organ composition and won 1st place in a regional contest in Georgia. She enjoyed composing different kinds of music both vocal and instrumental, and wrote many pieces. Roger and Nona had fun being able to play musical instruments together in the Crabgrass Band that performed on the square in Smithville, Missouri. She played the accordion and Roger would play the fiddle. Sometimes their grandchildren would dance to the music. Nona was enthusiastic in traveling with her husband and children, and they were able to take a trip to Spain together at one time. Nona and Roger as empty-nesters were able to enjoy several trips abroad visiting places such as Germany, England and Mexico.

Nona was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Ruth; and two brothers Duane and Allen.

Nona is survived by her husband Roger, 4 children: Wesley, Marcia, Karen, and Jill; 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” Psalm 116:15

“In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you...” John 14:2