Onita Steinhauser, 85, of Lubbock, Texas peacefully passed away December 14, 2020 after a lengthy illness. She was born on November 11, 1935, on a farm five miles southeast of Wilson, TX, to Herbert and Edna Ernst Ehlers. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1954, and attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin. Onita worked for Lyntegar Electric for nine and a half years, of which she was Assistant Office Manager for seven years. She taught organ and piano for a number of years out of the home.
Onita was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Wilson where she met and married the love of her life, Victor Steinhauser on April 5, 1958 during one of the worst sandstorms in years. She played the organ for the church for 56 years and was active in the church where she attended and led Bible study, held offices in the Dorcas Circle, helped with children’s programs, played for community Cantatas, and taught Vacation Bible School. Onita was a long time resident of Wilson, and served the community by helping out at school and church events, and playing the piano for countless high school graduations. She was a member of Quilters Guild and Scrapbag Ladies Group. She enjoyed taking care of her family, playing the piano and organ, oil painting, quilting, sewing, making homemade ice cream, Texas Cream Pies and peanut brittle, camping, boating, traveling and collecting plates, bowling, and attending Texas Tech games with Victor. Upon moving to Lubbock in 2016 she joined Shepherd King Lutheran Church. She had a loving servants heart and was always asking how she could help or just quietly helping and serving others and the Lord. A loving and devoted daughter, sister, aunt, wife, and mom, who loved the Lord and family throughout her life.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 62 years, Victor; brothers Arlis Ehlers and Milton Ehlers; and baby brother and sister, Jimmie Allen and Karen Lou.
She is survived by her sister, Verlene Stegemoeller of Rochester, TX and brother, Ray Ehlers (Barbara) of Lubbock, TX; sister-in-laws Geneva Ehlers of Slaton, TX and Betty Ehlers of Tahoka, TX; daughters Lisa Cook and husband David of Boerne, TX, and Vicki Jordan and husband Matthew of Lubbock, TX. Onita “Oma” is also survived by grandchildren: Makayla Reynolds and husband Ryan, Shashu Cook, Jamesson Cook, Jordan Cook and Gabe Cook, one great-grandson on the way, and extended family.
The family would like to thank the caretakers at Crown Point Health Suites and Hospice of the South Plains for the love and support they provided to Onita for the past year and eleven days.
The family suggest memorial contributions be sent to: Shepherd King Lutheran Church, 2122 18th Street Lubbock, TX 79401; St. John Lutheran Church, 1305 Dickson Ave. Wilson, TX 79381; Green Memorial Cemetery, PO Box 102, Wilson, TX; and Hospice of the South Plains, 4413 82nd St. #135, Lubbock, TX 79424.
Viewing will be at 11:00 am-6:00 pm Thursday, December 17th and 9:00 am-12:00 pm Friday, December18th at Englunds Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at Shepherd King Lutheran Church of Lubbock on Friday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. with limited seating up to 35 for immediate family. Mask and social distancing are required. Services can be viewed on Englunds Facebook page. Online condolences can be shared at englundsfuneralservices.com. A private graveside service will be held after the service at Green Memorial Park Cemetery, Wilson.
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