Melba Jane Steffey, 82, Stevens, Hope Hosiery worker, sang with Dream Valley Caravan

By on January 14, 2015

Melba Jane (Kessler) Steffey, 82, entered into rest Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at the Denver Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Stevens.

Melba was born Aug. 2, 1932 in Hamburg, the daughter of the late Walter F. and Katie V. (Yoder) Kessler.

Melba worked 12 years at the Diener’s Underwear Mill, one and one half years at West Lawn Mills, five years at Keystone Knitwear, 14 years at the A.N. Wolf Shoe Co., Denver, until they went out of business. Melba then finished out her working career at Hope Hosiery Mill in Denver, until her stroke in 1993.

Melba’s greatest joys were singing and spending time with her family and friends. In the 50s and early 60s Melba sang in a country and western group called the Dream Valley Caravan which performed at carnivals, parks, picnics and theaters as far south as Virginia. Melba also did a local radio show at WKAP in Allentown and she loved to yodel. Melba’s favorite songs to sing were “Dear John,” “Lonely Little Robin” and “Willie Roy the Crippled Boy.” Melba was also fluent in Pennsylvania Dutch.

Melba attended Hamburg High School and was a member of the Hamburg Fire Company #1 Ladies Auxiliary and the Cocalico Senior Center.

She is survived by her daughter: Sherry A. (Steffey) Musser; granddaughter: Kristy L. (Musser) Patton, wife of William L. Patton III; and great-grandson: Chase L. Patton, all of Lancaster.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. at Speedwell Heights BIC Church, 413 West Brubaker Valley Road, Lititz.

Donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or at


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