Grace E. Starns
Date of Birth
September 4, 1929
St. Louis, Missouri
Entered into Rest
May 18, 2024
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Thursday, May 23, 2024 ~ 10:00 a.m.
American Lutheran Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska


American Lutheran Church or Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools Foundation.

Grace E. Starns, 94 of Ashland, NE passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2024 in Ashland, NE.  She was born September 4, 1929 in St. Louis, MO to Herman and Elizabeth (Schutte) Kunz.  She attended Holy Cross Elementary, Roosevelt High School and Harris Teachers College all in St. Louis, MO.  She also attended UNO and Nursing School in Omaha but opted out since she was getting married.  She was united in marriage to Del Starns on April 16, 1960 in Omaha.  From this union four children were born, David, Gail, and twins, John & Joel.

In her earlier years, Grace worked as a legal secretary for law offices both in Omaha and St. Louis, but her passion for education came as a para educator at Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools for over 30 years.

Grace was a member of American Lutheran Church and Women of the ELCA.  She was a volunteer worker for many organizations including one of the first volunteers in the Team Mates mentoring program and a retired driver for Helping Wheels.  She enjoyed embroidering, reading, crossword puzzles, word searches, jigsaw puzzles, and bingo.  She especially loved spending time with her family.

Grace is survived by her husband, Del Starns; children, David (Rose) Starns, Gail Strate, John (Anita) Starns, Joel (Dian) Starns; grandchildren, Evan (Lacey) & Nolan (Ashley) Welch, Kenzie (Cody) Lambert, Quentin (Mariah), Branson, Halle, & Nick Starns, Vanessa (Danny) Snyder, Nicole (Blake) Rohlfing; great-grandchildren, Aurora, Lucy, Olive, Winnie, Camden, Cade & Ava Welch, Finley Snyder, Truett Starns, Makenna, Callie & Maddyn Rohlfing; sister, Dorothy (Vern) Cornish; sisters-in-law, Linda (Dave) Luhr & Gloria Kunz; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her infant granddaughter, Rachel Starns; parents, Herman and Elizabeth Kunz; brothers, Charles & Willis Kunz; sister, Jean (Eldon) Dieckgrafe; parents-in-law, Dr. H.F. and Lillian Starns; brother-in-law, John (Betty) Starns; sister-in-law, Sarah (George) Morrison.

Condolences for Grace E. Starns
  1. Michael Crouch
    • May 19, 2024 - 2 months ago

    So sorry to see that your mother has passed away. My prayers for the family

  2. Teri Miller
    • May 19, 2024 - 2 months ago

    Many happy memories of Grace. She was such a special person. Always helping others and caring for them.

  3. Jim and Sue Lichtenberger
    • May 21, 2024 - 2 months ago

    I always enjoyed talking with Grace. She was quite a woman of faith.

  4. Chuck and Shirley Niemeyer
    • May 22, 2024 - 2 months ago

    She was a very special person and so giving. We remember her sense of humor and her spirit of kindness.

  5. Joyce Yates Victor
    • May 23, 2024 - 2 months ago

    My sympathy to your family. Your Dad and your Mom were such special friends to my Dad, Reg Yates. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

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