Marcella Marie Balke
June 29, 1927  -  November 6, 2018

Marcella Marie Balke

Zion Lutheran Church
219 S. 10th
Independence, KS  67301
Friday, November 16, 2018
9:00 am to 10:00 am
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Zion Lutheran Church
219 S. 10th
Independence, KS  67301
Friday, November 16, 2018
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Mount Hope Cemetery
Penn Ave.
Independence, KS  67301
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Zion Lutheran School
301 S. 11th
Independence, KS  67301

Marcella Marie (Steele) Balke, 91, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Eagle Estates in Independence, Kansas.

Marcella Marie (Steele) Balke was born on June 29, 1927 to Gehardt and Frieda (Klintworth) Lessman in Independence, Kansas. Marcella married Virgil Steele on October 26, 1947 in Yuma, Arizona. After Virgil’s death she married Virgil Balke on April 7, 1990 in Independence, Kansas. Marcella retired from Citizen’s National Bank in 2002 after 10 years of employment. Through the years Marcella was an active member in the community, she was a member of the Independence Lion’s Club, Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, and the Zion Lutheran School and Church.

Marcella is preceded in death by her first husband, Virgil Steele, husband, Virgil Balke, parents, Gehardt and Frieda Lessman, brother, Vernon Lessman. sister, Nadine Lybarger, and daughter, Lois Steele.

Marcella’s memory will carry on with her sons, Trent Balke of Houston, TX, Scott Balke of The Woodlands, TX, sister, Dolores Schmidt, and with her 4 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 16th at Zion Lutheran Church from 9:00 am to 10:00 am with funeral services following at 10:00 am, also at Zion Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope-Lutheran Cemetery in Independence, KS. Memorial contributions may be left in Marcella’s name to Zion Lutheran School and may be left with Potts Chapel. A special message of condolence may be left to the family by visiting


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  1. Ken Steele
    Spring valley, CA

    Anunt Boots you will be alway open door kind heat to the family.thank you for all the good time growing and as a adult.
    Love your nephew
    Ken Steele

  2. PD-GA
    , KS

    My sincerest condolences to the family. It is obvious from the many kind expressions that your loved one will be sorely missed. May the God of all comfort grant you strength and peace during this most difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)

    Haysville, KS

    RIP Aunt Bootie. You were a wonderful women. You will be missed by many people.

    Debbie Moore

  4. Kenneth and Vicki Lessman

    We love you dearly, Auntie Bootie Balke. Thank you for the love and laughter and carousel nickels, zoo park slushies and your always open door. We will miss you and always smile when we tell our Independence stories. Kenneth, Vicki, Christianna, Andrew, Abigail, Alex, Jessica, Sarah, Lindsey, Max, Micah, Evan, Miriam, Chloe, E J, Sam, James and Julia.

  5. Kathy Newkirk
    Joplin, MO

    So sorry to hear of Marcella's passing. She was a precious lady. I enjoyed her involvement and selfless service in the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary for many years. I am thankful I had the honor to know her and call her friend!

  6. Linda L Matthews

    Marcella was a sweetheart. Always had something to say about her memory of the triplets when she helped at the school. I will always remember her for her love oh butterflies.

  7. Lauri Zimmerman
    Independence, KS

    I just so looked forward to, when it was her shift to volunteer at the hospital. Always had such good talks with her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

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