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Helma Engelmann, 97, of Glencoe

Helma Engelmann

Helma Meta (Thalmann) Engelmann, 97, of Glencoe, and formerly of Plato, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1 at GlenFields Living with Care in Glencoe.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato, with interment at a later date.
Pastor Tyson Mastin was the officiating clergy.
Yvonne Schuette was the organist. “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus,” “Jesus Loves Me,” and “Take Thou My Hand And Lead Me” were the congregational hymns.
When we read the obituary of a child of God, we should not only hear a summary of their life, we should also hear how God was at work in their life. In studying the Scriptures as they are outlined in Luther’s Small Catechism, we have learned to look at God’s work in our lives and his rule over us in terms of three kingdoms: God’s kingdom of power, God’s kingdom of grace, and God’s kingdom of glory. God’s kingdom of power is the world into which we are born and in which we live. God’s kingdom of grace is the Christian Church into which we are reborn by Baptism and in which we believe and serve God with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. God’s kingdom of Glory is Heaven, into which we are taken by death that we may live with God and praise Him forever.
Helma Meta (Thalmann) Engelmann was born Oct. 11, 1921, to Fred and Mary (Burdorf) Thalmann at home in Helen Township, McLeod County. She was baptized as an infant Oct. 23, 1921, and confirmed in her faith as a youth April 14, 1935, both at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hamburg by Rev. H. J. Bouman. She received her education at District 23 and at Emanuel Lutheran School.
Rev. H. J. Bouman united Helma in marriage to Ruben Engelmann of Plato, also at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hamburg, Feb. 23, 1941. This union was blessed with three children, Lois, Loren, and Leslie. Helma and Ruben made their home on a farm just north of Plato until 1979 when they built a home on part of their farm.
After Helma’s father, Fred, passed away in 1944, her mother Mary came to live with Helma and Ruben for almost 25 years until Mary’s death in 1969. After Ruben passed away in October 1988, Helma remained living in her home until December 2011, at which time she moved to Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care.
Helma and Ruben shared 48 wonderful years together. Mrs. Engelmann enjoyed life on the farm raising their three children. She loved to cook and bake, besides helping with the farm work. Mrs. Engelmann’s pride and joy were her flowers and gardening. She enjoyed sewing and quilting for her family and for Lutheran World Relief at her church. Mrs. Engelmann was an active member of St. John’s LWML for over 50 years until they disbanded in 2010. She rolled many bandages from old bed sheets as part of LWML projects for Global Health Missions. Mrs. Engelmann held various offices, taught Sunday school and VBS. She worked at Heartland Retirement Home in Plato and volunteered at Glencoe Regional Health Services for many years. Mrs. Engelmann enjoyed playing cards. She baked thousands of chocolate chip cookies over the decades which were enjoyed by the whole family. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great–grandchildren and the in-laws.
Mrs. Engelmann passed away Monday, Jan. 1, at GlenFields Living with Care in Glencoe, at the age of 97 years, 2 months, and 21 days. Blessed be her memory.
Mrs. Engelmann is survived by her daughter, Lois (Myron) Martin of Bloomington; sons, Loren (Charleen) Engelmann of Plato, Leslie (Susan) Engelmann of Plato; eight grandchildren and spouses, Milo (Denise) Martin, Monica (Dan) Horn, Cynthia (Adam) Steinert, Scott (Kristen) Engelmann, Dean (Jill) Engelmann, Eric (Kristi) Engelmann, Ryan Engelmann, Neil (Holly) Engelmann; 13 great-grandchildren, Nathan and Zoe Martin; Jonathan, Joshua and Jocelyn Horn; Riley and Kaylin Engelmann, Brianna, Tyler and Trevor Engelmann; Ethan, Morgan and Makayla Engelmann; other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Engelmann was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mary Thalmann; husband, Ruben Engelmann; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Stella Engelmann; brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry (Helen) Thalmann, Edwin (Laverna) Thalmann, Arnold (Mildred) Thalmann; sister and brother-in-law, Ella (Martin) Wroge; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Elmer (Norma) Engelmann, Raymond (Lois) Engelmann, and Ella Engelmann.
Mrs. Engelmann was the last surviving person in her generation on both sides of her family.
The Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe handled the arrangements. Its Web site is www.mcbridechapel.com where online obituaries and guestbook available.