Edna (Schelp) Mahnken, 93, of Concordia, MO, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Good Shepherd Care Community in Concordia.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at Bethel United Church of Christ in Concordia with Rev. Dr. Alan Gatewood officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Concordia. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Bethel United Church of Christ, Bethel Cemetery, or Good Shepherd Auxiliary. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com
Born September 26, 1929, on a farm northeast of Concordia, she was the daughter of the late Henry F. Schelp and Bertha E. Gerken Schelp. Her mother passed away on June 25, 1972 and her father passed away January 17, 1973. Edna was baptized Edna Magdalena Emilie Anna Schelp on October 6, 1929, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia by Pastor L. Frederick Brust. She was confirmed on February 7, 1943, at Bethel Evangelical and Reformed Church with her confirmation verse being Jeremiah 31:3, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Edna lived in the Concordia area for many years and was a 1948 graduate of Concordia High School. She was a telephone switchboard/PBX receptionist for over 30 years, retiring in 1982 from Citizens Telephone Company. On October 16, 1973, Edna married Kenneth L. Falk at Bethel United Church of Christ with Pastor Paul Wobus II conducting the wedding. Kenneth passed away on May 31, 1981. On September 25, 1982, she married Clifford F. Mahnken at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshall with Pastor Eldor A. Bruss conducting the wedding. Clifford preceded her in death on April 12, 2018.
She was a member of Bethel Evangelical and Reformed Church (now Bethel United Church of Christ) most of her life. During her younger years she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir at the church.
She is survived by her step-son, J.C. Mahnken (Carol) of Sedalia; two granddaughters, Amber Sue Olsen (Tate) and Kristina Margaret Pearson; two great-grandchildren, Ryker and Alma; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, one sister, Irene Limback; and four brothers: Erwin, Hobert (Hobie), Raymond, and Ledrew in infancy.