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Published January 31, 2013, 12:00 AM

Vella K. Steckler

Vella K. Steckler, 87, Dilworth, MN, died on Monday, January 28, 2013, in Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.

Vella Kennedy was born on January 4, 1926, in East Grand Forks, ND, to Michael and Margaret (Kulseth) Kennedy. She grew up and graduated from high school there, and then graduated from the University of North Dakota, where she had been head cheerleader. Vella was a professional figure skater, performing with the Ice Follies. She married Erwin Steckler and they lived in Mandan, ND. They moved to Moorhead, MN, in 1971. Vella’s personality was larger than life; her family always appreciated her sparkling, happy presence.

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