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.