Carlene J. Steele

Carlene J. Steele, 88, of Dongola, died at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at her home.

She was born on Jan. 23, 1929, in Dongola, the daughter of Carl and Delsie Barkhouser Dillow.

She married Delbert Steele on June 4, 1948. He preceded her in death on July 23, 1989.

She was a devoted member of the First Lutheran Church of Dongola. As a member there, she was part of the Willing Hands Group and served on the church council. She retired from Choate Mental Heath and Developmental Center in Anna as a secretary in the dietary department. She was an avid cat lover.

She is survived by her sister, Anita Beard of Marion; nieces Cheryl Tuma, Paulina Blackward and Jennifer Marshall; nephews Duane Cerney, Terry Flores and Daniel Flores; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Dillow; and by two nephews, Steven Dillow and Meryle Dillow.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the First Lutheran Church in Dongola, with the Rev. Tim Heinecke officiating. Interment was in St. John’s Cemetery near Dongola.

Memorials can be made to the First Lutheran Church of Dongola.

To view the full obituary or to leave online condolences for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Dongola was in charge of arrangements.

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