Mary Helen Bruhn (Sprinkle), age 84, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.
She was born Oct. 26, 1934, to Virgil and Mary (Knaus) Sprinkle in Homestead, FL.
Mary Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend to many. She grew up in Homestead, FL, and graduated from Homestead High School, where she was involved in music including glee club, band, and as a drum majorette in the marching band.
She was also the organist at the First Baptist Church.
Mary Helen met her husband after she backed into his car in the church parking lot. They were married May 16, 1954, at First Baptist Church, Homestead, FL; and moved to Minnesota in 1959. Mary Helen was blessed with one son and four daughters.
She served as the choir director, and played organ and piano for church services, weddings and funerals at Maple Plain Community Church for many years. She also played piano and arranged the service at Haven Homes in Maple Plain as part of the Ministry Team. She loved ministering to the residents at the home.
Mary Helen enjoyed baking, canning, and hair styling (giving many perms). She also found joy in raising her children, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a great listener, encourager, and prayer warrior.
Mary Helen had a special relationship with her personal caregiver (Lori Maus), who lovingly cared for her. She encouraged and blessed the residents in the care center where she was living. She also continued playing the piano.
Mary Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil Sprinkle and Mary Knaus Sprinkle; brother, George Sprinkle; sister, Margaret Skiles.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Donald; children Donald (Michelle), Mary Kay (Dwight) Martin, Phyllis (Joel) Brue, Susan (Paul) Eckdahl, and Carol (Doug) Olson; grandchildren Daniel Bruhn, Hannah Lansing, Tim Martin, Crystal Wilkinson, Amanda Hughes, Anna Thomas, Heather Dettman, Heidi Parker, Lydia Mlynarczyk, and Tyrell Eckdahl; 22 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Barbara (Jimmy) Berry, Betty Skiles, Ruth (Al) Collins, and Linda Watkins.
A memorial service took place Thursday, Aug. 15 with a gathering of family and friends from 5-7 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.