Archive for Friday, July 7, 1995


July 7, 1995


— Memorial services for Elin Katrina Stene, 88, Bella Vista, Ark., will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the United Lutheran Church here with the Rev. Richard Jebsen officiating. Inurnment will be at 7 p.m. Monday in Pioneer Cemetery in Lawrence, Kan.

Mrs. Stene died Tuesday, July 4, 1995, at her home.

She was born Dec. 5, 1906, in Boston, the daughter of Christian Jorgensen and Amanda Solomonson Jorgensen.

She received bachelor's and master's degrees in music education and teacher training in 1932 and 1935, doing work at New England Conservatory in Boston and at Lowell University. She received her doctorate in music education in 1948 from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. For six years, she assisted Satis M. Coleman at Lincoln School in New York City. She originated creative music as a method of developing children's musical abilities. She was an associate professor of music for elementary teachers for 11 years at Oneonta State Teachers College, New York.

She spent 25 years in the music department at Kansas University and was a professor of music education for several years before retiring in 1972. While in Lawrence she directed the Trinity Episcopal Church choirs and directed major choral works with KU soloists and orchestras. She was active in the Lawrence Music Club and served for three years as Junior Festival chairman.

She moved to Bella Vista in the early 1980s from Lawrence. She was the choir director for the Lutheran Church in Bella Vista and was instrumental in starting the Bella Vista Choral Society, serving a term on the board of the Bella Vista Fine Arts Assn. She was co-founder of the Adante Music Club and served as president. She received the Maxine Ickes Community Service Award for improvement of the quality of life in Bentonville from the Bentonville Education and Enrichment Program.

She married Edwin "Ed" Stene in December 1963, in Lawrence. He died Dec. 16, 1992.

Survivors include a stepson, Edwin A. Stene, Roy, Utah; and two stepgrandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Kansas University Alumni Association or Elder Care, Parish Nurse Program, sent in care of the United Lutheran Church, or to the charity of the donor's choice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence.

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