Thelma M. Stenlund
Mar 17, 1915 – Apr 19, 2017
Thelma Moss Stenlund, 102, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Council Bluffs, IA. Born in Omaha, NE, on St. Patrick’s Day, 1915, the daughter of the late Denby Moss Brodil and Harry Moss, she was a graduate of Benson High School. She lived in Omaha until 2008 when she moved to Council Bluffs.
She devoted her life to sharing her enjoyment of music with others. She was blessed with the gift of being able to teach others and she worked at her profession diligently. Teaching keyboard instruments from the time she was 17, she was Accompanist at Benson High School, Central High School, Ryan High School, Duchesne College of the Sacred Heart and Omaha Symphonic Chorus. For 44 years, she served as Organist and Choir Director in Omaha at Clifton Hill Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, Immanuel Baptist and Central United Presbyterian Church. A member of First Presbyterian Church since 1935, she was President of Private Music Instructors of Omaha, Nebraska Federation of Music Clubs and Nebraska Summer Music Olympics. She served as Dean of the Omaha Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and on the National Board of National Federation of Music Clubs. She was Treasurer of Private Music Instructors for 20 years.
Besides sharing her love of music with all those who were touched by her life, she passed her love of plants and animals (from her mother and grandmother) along to everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her son, Lynn Stenlund and wife Sue; her daughter, Julie Kraft and husband Vincent; three grandchildren: Joanna McDonald (Nick), Laura Stenlund (Katie Jackson), and Douglas Stenlund; a great-grandson, Camden McDonald; sister-in-law, Marian Schleicher; many nieces and nephews.
She has requested no funeral service and will be cremated. VISITING HOURS will be Friday, May 12th from 4pm to 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd. A private graveside memorial service will be held at West Lawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions can be made to NSMO (Nebraska Summer Music Olympics), c/o Sandy Bock, 501 South 51st St., Omaha, 68106; or to Little White Dog Rescue Inc., at www.littlewhitedogrescue.org.
The family wants to thank everyone who was so kind to Mom throughout the years, especially Lana, Charles, Kathleen, Sue N., Shelley, Bill and Jeri, George and Rose Marie, and the wonderful staffs at Amelia House and Risen Son Christian Village.