Carleen Mary Steele

Carleen Mary Steele passed away May 2, 2019 in College Place Washington. She was 87 years old. She was born January 19, 1932 in Horicon Wisconsin to Carl and Myra (Mellenthien) Schultz. She grew up there and graduated from Horicon High School in 1950. Carleen then attended Dodge Normal College and received her teaching certificate in 1952. She began teaching school at the Ledge School. It was a one room schoolhouse with all grades attending. She would have to gather the water and wood every morning before class. She continued teaching school there until she fell in love with Duane Mehn. He was stationed at Fort Smith Arkansas in the U.S. Army. They were married May 15, 1953 in Horicon Wisconsin and then they moved to Arkansas. They had 4 children, Bill and (Vickie) Mehn, St. George Utah; Mike and (Teri) Mehn Helena Montana; Jill and (Tom) Oliver, Evanston Wyoming; and Jack and (Cathy) Mehn of Touchet, Washington.

Carleen was widowed at age 40 and raised 3 teenagers and a 6-year-old son alone in winter in the Rocky Mountains. She began working at Browning Arms in Mt. Green Utah in the accounting dept. Carleen worked there until May 1976. She married Joseph Schober June 1976 at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Joe died Dec. 3, 1985. Carleen then moved to Park City Utah and worked in a day care center for small children. She worked there until she met and married Stephen Steele in Park City Utah. Due to Steve’s health issues, they moved to St. George Utah. They loved living in “Sunny St. George”. They enjoyed taking cruises, going to Mesquite, and spending time with family and friends. Carleen loved everyone and everyone loved Carleen. Her smile radiated to all around her. Her favorite thing was watching the Green Bay Packers play football. She went to the Ice Bowl and was always loyal to the “Pack”. Her favorite expression was “Go Pack Go”, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”.

She is preceded in death by her parents , Carl and Myra Schultz, siblings Marilee Niehoff and Glen Schultz, her three husbands, grandson Zackary Mehn, and her cat “Boots”.

She is survived by her children, numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members, her special friends Bonnie Lochner, Gail Bails, and Yvonne Murnin, and many other friends.

Graveside Services will be held May 9,2019 at the Tonaquint Cemetery St. George Utah at 3:00 pm. A celebration of life will follow at Smith Mesa, Virgin Utah.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign her online guestbook at



Second Visitation


3 pm


Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S. Dixie Dr.
St. George, UT


3 pm

Guest Book

3 Responses

  1. I was blessed to have known and spent time with Carleen. She was a sweet and caring person who was dedicated to her family. I know she was very proud of her son Jack. She always had an encouraging word every time I was around her.

    I will miss you Carleen. With gratitude, respect, and love. Bob Massell (and Family)

  2. “Oh, Carleen. I forgot about the California/Utah time change. We’ll be late for dinner.” “That’s okay” Carleen said. “Steve and I’ll be waiting for you.” And thus began another weekend with my beloved friend, Carleen as we stopped off in St. George on our autumn journey up to Park City where we met Carleen years before. I teased her by calling her Carleeny. “Stop that! My parents would say that’s baby talk. I always called them Mother and Father – never mommy and daddy.” Okay, Carleeny I teased.” And she loved it. She was authentic, humorous, gracious and loved her family. On our last drive together, I drove Carleen from St. George to Park City, and we played Christian music. As we rounded the reservoir in Provo Canyon, the song was Jesus said, Come to the Water-how the spirit touched us. I will miss you my very dear, special Carleeny and thank you for including me with meeting your daughter Jill and her family. God be with you.
    Love, Gaily

  3. Grandma Carleen was the best Grandma in the world and the best Christian I ever met! I was her favorite grandson and she loved all her kids and Grandkids and everyone she met. Grandma Carleen is forever in my heart. I will always love you Grandma Carleen. Love, Jason D. Oliver

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