Obituary for Leola "Lee" M. (Gentzler) Stingley
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Leola "Lee" M. (Gentzler) Stingley

August 5, 1925 ~ July 18, 2020 (age 94)

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Funeral Service
July 21, 2020

2:00 PM
St. John's Lutheran Church
1300 W Benjamin Ave
Norfolk, NE 68701

Funeral Services for Leola M. “Lee” Stingley, age 94, of Norfolk, will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norfolk.  Jackie Samway, P.M.A. will officiate.  Interment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.  Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

She passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk.

Leola was born August 5, 1925 in Homer, Nebraska to Gurney and Mable (Sorensen) Gentzler.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Homer.  The family moved to Creighton where Leola graduated from Creighton High School in 1943.  Following high school, she worked as a bookkeeper for the lumberyard for several years and then taught school at District 98 in Antelope County.

Leola married Lyle Stingley on January 10, 1949 at Zion Lutheran Church in Creighton.  In 1952, they moved to Norfolk where Lyle was in the construction business with his father-in-law.  In 1956, they moved to Neligh where they were partners in the Jack and Jill Store until 1971.  Leola was active in several community and church projects including Girl Scouts, 4-H, PEO, American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary. 

The family returned to Norfolk in 1979 and joined St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Leola continued volunteering and was active in Clowns of Norfolk, many church groups, LaVistef Board, and Red Hats.  She worked for over 12 years at the Nebraska Department of Roads and in the church office of St. John’s Lutheran for several years.

Lee is survived by her children Beth McKibbin of Scottsbluff, NE, Duane L. Stingley of Polk City, IA, and Brenda J. (Bob) Gift of Ooltewah, TN, special nephew Bob (Teresa) Moore of Elgin, NE, grandchildren Brandon (Nikki) Johnston, Tara Stingley and Colin (Kimberly) Johnston, great grandchildren Isaiah Peters, Ian Brown, Morgan Johnston and Paige Johnston, brothers Stanley Gentzler of Cozad, NE and Roger (Alice) Gentzler of Norfolk, sister-in-law Beverly Gentzler of Creighton, NE, three step-grandchildren, nine step-great grandchildren and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, parents, infant son Michael, brothers Clinton, Dale and Gordon Gentzler.

Condolences and memorials may be made to the church or to the family c/o Beth McKibbin, 3402 Avenue D, Scottsbluff, NE 69361.

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