Mary Louise Steiner

February 16, 1958 - January 17, 2023

Mary Louise Steiner, 64, of Lincoln, Nebraska took her dazzling and loving energy to heaven on January 17, 2023 in Omaha after overwhelming immune deficiency due to MDS.

Mary was born in Cambridge, NE and lived in Iowa and Wisconsin throughout her childhood. After attending Doane College, she settled in Lincoln where she married Tim Steiner of Beloit, KS. She built a huge community of colleague-friends working for the State of Nebraska for many years and remotely for IBM Watson Health. She retired at the end of July 2022. Outside of work she was very active in the Doane University alumni chapter, First Plymouth Church, Sunday School, P.E.O. She could be found reading a book from book club on her kindle at the end of the dock, or shopping for armfuls of annuals for her famous backyard garden. Favorite times with family and friends include summers at Okoboji, trips abroad, Christmases around the piano, and playing with grandkids. While she has always been well-traveled, she planned to vacation more in retirement and spent her final months in Grand Cayman, and in the German and Austrian Christmas markets.

She was preceded in death by husband, Tim Steiner; parents Walt and Ruth Olsen. She was mom to, and survived by, Mick Steiner of Lincoln and Cassie Hays (Bret) of Omaha. She was “Grandie” to Lydia (6) and Louis (2) Hays.

She is also survived by sister Liz Schulenberg (Ed) of Lincoln, brother Jim Olsen (Marilyn) of Macomb, IL, sisters in-Law, mother in-Law, and beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 4:00 pm at First-Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D. Street, Lincoln, NE. Reception to follow.

Her family would be honored if you would consider becoming a bone marrow donor via bethematch.org. Memorials suggested to Doane University or First-Plymouth Church.

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Memorial Service


First-Plymouth Church

2000 ‘D’ St, Lincoln, Nebraska

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February 3, 2023

I worked with Mary at Truven and IBM. She will be missed. My condolences for your loss.

– Tim Adams
January 23, 2023

I was so saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. I had the privilege of working with her with her for many years at Medstat/Truven/IBM. She was definitely a bright light and a joy to know. You are in my prayers. May God keep you close and provide comfort to you in your time of grief.

– Sincerely, Marisa Allen
January 22, 2023

I am very sad to hear of Mary’s passing. I worked with Mary at Truven Health Analytics. She was a vital member of our Client Services teams. She was an important contributor of expertise in Medicaid policy and administration. But more importantly, she was a very nice, vibrant person, making every encounter a happy one. She was full of energy, compassion, concern for her fellow humans. She lived a good and full life.

– Pam Conrad
January 22, 2023

So sad to learn of Mary’s death. We really got to know each other through the Widows group at First Plymouth. The support Mary provided to me as well as others in the group was so reassuring. A few years later, I would bump into Mary as we were both walking the neighborhood. She is a treasure whose impact will be long remembered.

– Bonnie Smith
January 20, 2023

So sorry to hear of your loss friends. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

– Bill and Debbie Anstine
January 20, 2023

My deepest sympathies and condolences to Mary’s family and friends. May God bless and strengthen you at this difficult time.

– Willie Demus
January 20, 2023

Full of life. Full of love. I know you will be missed by your friends, kids, grandkids and family here but welcomed by Hal and Tim in heaven. Bless you and yours.

– Jan Clausing.

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