Lillian “Lilly” Gertrude (Benkowski) Dammann, age 85, of Lester Prairie, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Cedar Crest in Silver Lake.
She was born Feb. 22, 1933, in Bergen Township, Lester Prairie, the daughter of Ewald and Augusta (Klaustermeier) Benkowski. Lillian was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her Lutheran faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
She attended St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran School and Lester Prairie High School.
Lillian was united in marriage to Wilmer Dammann Sept. 19, 1950, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Lilly and Wilmer made their home in Lester Prairie, and their marriage was blessed with six children, Faye, Daniel, Peggy, Cindy, Thomas and Amy.
Lilly and Wilmer shared over 40 years of marriage until Wilmer passed away May 23, 1991.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Lilly worked at Schubert’s Grocery Store in Lester Prairie, Faye’s Foods in Glencoe, and later enjoyed cleaning houses.
She was a faithful member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
In her younger years, Lilly enjoyed playing the trumpet and clarinet, ice skating, and playing softball, where she was the star pitcher for her team. She loved playing cards, dancing, raising and butchering chickens, planting a vegetable garden and then canning from that garden. Lilly especially enjoyed decorating her home for all of the holidays.
In her short time at Cedar Crest, she made many friends with the staff members and residents. She became known as the “Candy Lady.”
Lilly treasured the time spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.
She is survived by her children: Faye Bruckschen and her husband, Darrell, Daniel “Dan” Dammann and his wife, Mary Jo, all of Glencoe; Peggy Engelmann and her husband, Roger, of Plato, Cindy Selchow and her husband, Gary, of Buffalo, Thomas “Tom” Dammann and his wife, Geri, of Sauk Rapids, and Amy Hafemann and her husband, Steven, of New Germany; and grandchildren: Jamie (Tracy) Bruckschen, Jody (Aaron) Schultz, Matthew (Mandy) Dammann, Marc (Sarah) Dammann, Melissa Dammann, Becky (Mark) Reuter, Luke (Brittney) Dammann, Teresa (Jeff) Logue, Chris Engelmann, Josh (Kristin) Engelmann, Jen Selchow, Ryan Selchow, Eric Selchow, Jeremy (Alyssa) Hafemann, Jason Hafemann, and Jared (fiancée, Amanda) Hafemann.
Lilly is further survived by 16 great-grandchildren: Caden Bruckschen, Avery Schultz, Jurney Dammann, Paizley Dammann, Savanah Dammann, Mackenzie Dammann, Weston Dammann, Jack Behning, Noah Behning, Max Nelson, Kalia Nelson, Blair Rueter, Cassidy Rueter, Madalynn Rueter, Adeline Rueter, Samantha Logue; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ed LaMott, Orlin Graupmann, Arnold (Sandy) Burdorf, Lois (Warren) Budach, Norma (Fred) Scott, Lorraine Huitt, Wilbert (Cathy) Burdorf, and Irma (Jim) Beebe; nephews, nieces, other relatives, and many friends.
In addition to her husband, Wilmer, Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, Ewald and Augusta Benkowski; step-father August Kruschke; father-in-law and mother-in-law Paul and Helen Burdorf; sisters Vera Fruetel and her husband, Virg, Dorothy LaMott, and Ella Graupmann; sister-in-law Esther Trebelhorn and her husband, Ben; brother-in-law Jimmie Huitt; and other relatives.
Lillian’s funeral service took place Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment following at the church cemetery.
The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated, and the organist was Lynn Mueller. Lilly’s great- grandchildren performed special music, “Jesus Loves Me.” Congregational hymns were “I Am But A Stranger Here,” “Now The Light Has Gone Away,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Lilly’s family were her casket bearers.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.