Kirsten May (Eckerberg) Plettner, 52, died Nov. 15, 2013 at her home in Nebraska City. She was born in Kansas City, Mo., on June 10, 1961 to James and Mary Jane (Everhard) Eckerberg.
She was a member of the Church of Christ, D.A.R., D.A.V. and the Preceptor Beta Gamma Sorority in Nebraska City. She was known for her love of the color purple, her love of being in new places (but not traveling to them), her love of reading everything including cereal boxes, and a fascination with photography.
She graduated from Gering High School in Gering in 1979. She then attended Harding University in Searcy, Ark., graduating with a BS degree in 1985. She then attended Boston University, graduating with a MS degree in 1992.
She married Melvin Fish Jr. on Dec. 28, 1988, and to this union Kira Fish was born on Feb. 12, 1993.
Kirsten served as a Russian Linguist in the Army from 1987 until 1993.
On April 14, 2001 she married Elden A. Plettner Jr. and moved to Nebraska City. She then taught G.E.D., E.S.L. and Citizenship courses through Southeast Community College and was an Adjunct Online English Composition Instructor at Peru State College.
She is survived by husband Elden A. Plettner Jr. of Nebraska City; daughter Kira Fish of Nebraska City; stepdaughters Jessica Rose of Boston, Mass., and Jennifer (J. D.) Stortenbecker of Beatrice; grandchildren Kalynn and Mason Stortenbecker; parents James and Mary Jane Eckerberg of Gering; brother Philip (Margaret) Eckerberg of Gering nephew Matthew Eckerberg; nieces Brooke, Brittany, Brianna and Victoria Eckerberg and Meagan Eitzen; and an aunt, Ann Eckerberg.
Preceding her were her grandparents, Philip and Grace Everhard and Hjalmar and Edna Eckerberg.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City with Mario Lara and Terry Duffy officiating.
Memorials may be given to D.A.V. or D.A.R.
Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.
Gude Mortuary, Nebraska City, is in charge of arrangements.