Helma Wilhelmine Hoernemann, age 94, of Lester Prairie, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Elim Rehab and Nursing Home in Watertown.
She was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Washington Lake Township, Carver County, the daughter of William and Martha (Jaus) Panning. Helma was baptized Jan. 1, 1922, and was later confirmed April 14, 1935, both by the Rev. H.J. Bouman at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg.
She attended Emanuel Lutheran Parochial School and District 40 School at Hamburg through the eighth grade.
Helma was united in marriage to Karl Hoernemann May 4, 1946, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. The couple made their home in Bergen Township, where they began to farm together. Their marriage was blessed with six children, Arline, Beverly, David, John, Mary and Lynn.
In 1966, they moved off the farm to a home they built outside of Lester Prairie. Helma and Karl shared over 58 years of marriage, until Karl passed away Dec. 16, 2004.
Over the years, Helma had a few jobs beyond being a farm wife and mother, which included sewing at Strutwear Clothing Manufacturing in Glencoe. After her children were in school, she took employment at the lunchroom in Lester Prairie for a number of years.
In her earlier years, Helma was a member of the local Home Extension group, and also the American Legion Auxiliary.
Her focus was her family, and it reflected in her talents and hobbies, which included sewing for her family and quilting. Helma always had a garden, which led to lots of canning and baking. She enjoyed reading, and a good game of Dominos if it was with her dear family and friends.
Helma is survived by her children, Arline (Robert) Pysick of Watertown, David (Rita) Hoernemann of Lester Prairie, John (Laurie) Hoernemann of Zumbrota, Mary (Roger) Fisher of Arlington, and Lynn (Keith) Peterson of Chandler, AZ; son-in-law Craig Bertelsen of Hopkins; grandchildren, Jason (Dodi) Pysick, Nate (Betsy) Pysick, Amy (Ben) Leuthner, Matt (Heather) Hoernemann, Andy (Casey) Hoernemann, Amanda (Joe) Streufert, Katie Hoernemann, Kristen Hoernemann, Adam (fiancée: Deanna) Hoernemann, Todd (Amanda) Fisher, and Tara (A.J.) Sabako; 14 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by brothers and sisters, Norma Engelmann, Irmgard Otto, Melroy Panning, Gordon (Lois) Panning, Werner (Evelyn) Panning, William (Deanna) Panning, and Martha (Harvin) Smith; sister-in-law Marilyn Panning; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
In addition to her husband, Karl Hoernemann, Helma was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Hoernemann; parents, William and Martha Panning; brothers Raymond (Myra) Panning, Roland Panning, Hillard Panning, and Marvin (Violet) Panning; and brothers and sisters-in-law Elmer Otto, Elmer Engelmann, Marlaine Panning, Gertrude (Alfred) Marks, William (Ottilie) Hoernemann, Emma (Orville) Kloempken, and Esther (Harry) Meyer.
Funeral services took place Friday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment at the church cemetery. The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated at the services. Jane Holasek was the organist; and soloist Joe Streufert sang “Abide With Me.” Congregational hymns were “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.”
Casket bearers were Jason Pysick, Nate Pysick, Matt Hoernemann, Andy Hoernemann, Todd Fisher, and Adam Hoernemann.
Helma’s granddaughters were honorary casket bearers.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.