GRAND ISLAND -- Barbara Esther Thieben, 52, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at home from an illness.
Barbara was born Nov. 24, 1953, to LaVerle and Florence (Wessel) Kesting in Norfolk. She was baptized Dec. 20, 1953, in the Mount Olive Lutheran Church at Norfolk by Rev. B. Meschke.
Barbara was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Pierce on April 7, 1968, by Rev. Jordon Arft. Her confirmation verse was from Rev. 2:10 "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life."
She graduated from Pierce High School in 1972 and from Norfolk Junior College in 1973. She did office work and bookkeeping in Norfolk and was a controller for "Satters" in Denver, Colo. She moved back to Pierce in 2000.
Barbara married Richard D. Thieben at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pierce on May 24, 2002, and they moved to Grand Island in 2005.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Richard of Grand Island; three stepchildren, Jamie Thieben of McCook and Johnathan and Cassidy of Doniphan; her parents, LaVerle and Florence Kesting of Pierce; two brothers, Larry and wife, Peg Kesting of Pierce and Loren Kesting of Portugal; and former sister-in-law, Darla Kesting of O'Fallon, Ill.
She is also survived by Richard's parents, Dick and Carla Thieben of McCook; three sister-in-laws, Evelyn and husband, Earl of McCook, Fern and husband, Brian of Germany and Carla Rae Thieben of Albuquerque, N.M.; and several nieces and nephews.
Barbara was preceded in death by her little sister, Janet; her paternal grandparents, Gus and Esther Kesting; and maternal grandparents, Charles and Garcia Wessel.
Funeral services will be Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island with Pastor William Voelker officiating. Burial will be Thursday, 2 p.m., in the Edison City Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church.
Kleine Funeral Home of Grand Island is in charge of arrangements.