Adeline H. Miller, 86

Adeline Harriet (Graupmann) Miller, age 86, of Glencoe, formerly of Plato, passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.

She was born Dec. 14, 1926, at her family farm in Helen Township, Plato, the daughter of Joachim and Wilhelmine (Keusemann) Graupmann. Adeline was baptized as an infant Jan. 9, 1927, by the Rev. Otto Eyrich, and was confirmed in her faith as a youth March 17, 1940, by the Rev. J. H. Bunge, both at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Plato.

Adeline received her education in Glencoe, and graduated with the Stevens Seminary Class of 1944. She furthered her education by attending Electronic Radio – TV Institute in Minneapolis.

Adeline worked for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railways in Barstow, CA.

She returned to Plato to take care of her mother, and met the love of her life. Adeline was united in marriage to Orlin Henry Miller June 7, 1946, by the Rev. J. H. Bunge at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Plato.

Adeline and Orlin made their home on the Miller family farm near Plato. In 1985, they moved to Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with six children; Cheryl, Gary, Mark, Grant, Paul, and John.

Adeline and Orlin shared over 56 years of marriage, until Orlin passed away Dec. 5, 2002.

In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Adeline helped on the family farm.

She was a member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato, where she served with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She was also a member of the Christian Women’s Club, community Bible studies, volunteered for the American Red Cross, was a 4-H leader, delivered Meals On Wheels, and visited many at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.

Adeline enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, canning vegetables, and her flower garden. She loved music, and played the piano and organ.

Adeline was known for making the “best pies ever.” She was always a learner, and technically savvy for her age.

She cherished the time spent with family and friends, but above all, her faith came first.

Adeline will be fondly remembered by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.

She will be deeply missed by her children, Cheryl Rich and her husband, Carl, Gary Miller and his wife, Noelle, all of Minneapolis, Grant Miller and his wife, Debra, of Glencoe, Paul Miller and his wife, Hong, of Oklahoma City, OK, and John Miller of Minneapolis; and grandchildren David Rich of Minneapolis, Joanna Paulson and her husband, David, of Blaine, Jonathan Miller and his wife, Danielle, of New Hope, Hannah Miller, Suzanna Miller, both of Minneapolis, Rebecca Swedberg and her husband, Josh, Molly Sindelar and her husband, Justin, all of Bothell, WA, Lynn Johnson and her husband, Ross, of Plymouth, and Jill Miller of Minneapolis.

She is further survived by great-grandchildren Ava Swedberg, and Ashlyn Swedberg, and one on the way, Avery Miller; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

In addition to her husband, Orlin, Adeline was preceded in death by her parents, Joachim and Wilhelmine Graupmann; a son, Mark Miller; siblings George Graupmann, Alton Graupmann, Evelyn Graupmann, Vernon Graupmann, Wilbert Graupmann, Howard Graupmann, and Helen Plunkett; sister-in-law Ruth Miller; nephew Clyde Graupmann; and great niece, Jill Rice.

Funeral services took place Monday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato, with Pastor James Gomez officiating. Jan Heins was the organist, and soloist Michelle Gomez sang “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Broken).” Congregational hymns were “Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and “10,000 Reasons.” Interment followed at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Plato.

Honorary casket bearers were Joanna Paulson, Hannah Miller, Suzanna Miller, Rebecca Swedberg, Molly Sindelar, Lynn Johnson, and Jill Miller.

Casket bearers were Gary Miller, Grant Miller, Paul Miller, John Miller, David Rich, and Jonathan Miller.

Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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