Manton W. Steberg died peacefully on June 18, 2014 at the age of 98. He was born July 14, 1915 at his parent's home in Wanamingo, to John Alfred and Regina (nee Greseth) Steberg. He was a lifelong resident of Zumbrota, and most recently resided at the Angels Care Center in Cannon Falls.
He married Marion (Anderson) on June 21, 1942 at the First English Lutheran Church in Faribault. Manton started his career at Moland Creamery until it closed, and then he worked as buttermaker for 40 years from May 17, 1937 until September 23, 1977 for Farmers Co-op Butter & Cheese, which had become Zumbro Valley Dairy Association and then Mid-America during his employment. Manton wore out seven wooden churns while working in Zumbrota, and he did not take one day of sick leave for 40 years.
Manton started playing drums with bands around Zumbrota and Mazeppa in 1942 and was playing in 1947 at Art Haas' Bar in Goodhue who played and shared a set of drums with Matt. Manton was playing with the original Art Fitch and the Polka Dots band until 1950, including performances at the Zumbrota Theatre on Sundays over the radio. He continued to play the drums with the Polka Dots for over 60 years, until July 3, 2008 when he fell following a performance at the fire station in Wanamingo. The band celebrated 60 years with Ray Sands as leader in October 2009 at Grandpa's Event Center in Cannon Falls. Manton and Marion were able to attend this event and greeted many friends.
Manton and Marion traveled to Europe, including Kitzbühel, Austria, to perform with the Polka Dots at the International Polka Fest in 1978, and he performed in Scandinavia, including Copenhagen, Oslo, and Bergen, in 1982. The band performed numerous jobs yearly in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa at most of the popular ballrooms. They were regularly televised. He also performed with Ray "Sandy" Sands for many nursing homes, for smaller celebrations, including the Elks Club in Red Wing, etc. as a combo in his later years. He celebrated his 90th birthday playing with the band in the Zumbrota shelter for a park performance.
Manton and Marion enjoyed traveling to the Anderson family reunions across the US and Canada for over 25 years. Marion and Manton enjoyed a long and healthy retirement.
Manton is particularly remembered by his granddaughters for his sense of humor and ensuring they always had plenty of ice cream.
Manton is survived by three children: Garry (Edy Zibbel) of Welch, Marvin of St. Paul, and Julie (Michael) Hanson of Hoffman Estates, IL; two grandchildren: Michele Hanson and Brit (John) Bending, along with four great-grandchildren: Abigail, Kirsten, Connor and Lucas. Manton was a loving and caring husband, father, brother and grandfather.
Manton was preceded in death by his wife and brothers and sisters, including: Mabel Syverson, Alvin Steberg, Roy Steberg, Charlotte "Berdella" Lundy, Baby Johnnie, Baby Johnny, Ida Fredrickson, Evelyn (Olson) Doerschner, Vernon "Mike" Steberg, and Irene Blomberg.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Mahn Family Funeral Home - Larson Chapel in Zumbrota with Pastor David Krinke officiating. Burial was in Lands Lutheran Church Cemetery. www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.