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Helma A. Kuhlmann, 101

Funeral services celebrating the life of Helma Anna Kuhlmann, age 101, of Lester Prairie, were Saturday, March 20 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Helma died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at her home.

She was born Sept. 30, 1908, in Lester Prairie, the daughter of Herman and Elvira (Breyer) Moenke. Helma was baptized Oct. 18, 1908, by the Rev G.H. Buscher, and later confirmed into the faith as a youth April 9, 1922, by the Rev. W. Baumhoefner, both at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Helma attended school at St. Peter’s Lutheran School.

She was united in marriage to Theodore Kuhlmann June 28, 1938, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie by the Rev. J.A. Schert. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Lyle and Calvin.

The couple made their home in Lester Prairie on the Kuhlmann family farm, where Helma was a homemaker and also helped Theodore on the farm.

She was a lifetime member at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Helma had many gifts and talents. She was a wonderful seamstress, doing fine embroidery, decorative furnishings, needlepoint, and almost all of her own clothes. She began sewing when she was 5 and never really stopped until macular degeneration forced her to give it up a few years ago.

She enjoyed baking breads, cookies, cakes, in fact anything sweet, and she loved trying new recipes. And of course, Sunday was always special for farm families coming home from church; Sunday dinner was full of delectable delights.

In the summer, like a lot of ladies of her generation, she would put on a big straw hat and toil away in the flower beds and vegetable garden. She loved music, played the piano, and sang in the church choir. But her greatest gift was her love – her love for her family and especially for our Lord Jesus, and she instilled that love in her children.

Helma was preceded in death by her parents; husband Theodore Kuhlmann; great grandson Jason Kuhlmann; and siblings Stella Bettcher, Oscar Moenke, Martha Oslund, Waldemar Moenke, Clara Debmer, Wilbert Moenke and Hildegard Price.

She is survived by her sons, Lyle Kuhlmann of Lester Prairie, and Calvin Kuhlmann (Carol) of Chaska; grandchildren Aaron Kuhlmann (Stephanie) of Farmington, Nathan Kuhlmann (Beth) of Carrolton, TX, and Elizabeth Carlson (Jacob) of Rogers; great-grandchildren Adam Kuhlmann, Seth Kuhlmann, and Ella Kuhlmann; step great-grandchild Jessica Scholl; as well as other relatives and many friends.

The Rev. David Erbel officiated at the 11 a.m. funeral service, which was preceded by visitation for one hour at the church. The organist was Kay Gueningsman. The St. Peter’s Lutheran Church choir sang “Abide With Me.” Congregational hymns were “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Beautiful Savior,” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers were Aaron Kuhlmann, Nathan Kuhlmann, Bill Kuhlmann, Arvid Schroeder, James Moenke and Jacob Carlson.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. For online guestbook, please visit www.mcbridefuneralchapels.com.