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Helma Augusta Engelke

August 4, 1918 September 1, 2018
Helma Augusta Engelke
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Helma Augusta Engelke, age 100, of Mapleton, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Maple Heights Nursing Home of Mapleton, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 7, 2018 at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Mapleton, Iowa. Rev. Chris LaBoube will officiate. Committal will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Mapleton, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 6, 2018 at the Armstrong – Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa. The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online

Helma Augusta Engelke was born on August 4, 1918, in Ricketts, Iowa. She was the daughter of Frederich and Mathilde (Fester) Wodtke. Helma was baptized in 1918 and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in 1933 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Soldier Township located near her family home in Soldier Township. She grew up on the family farm and attended parochial school at Immanuel Lutheran Church through the 8th grade.

After her graduation from 8th grade, Helma continued helping with the family farm. On June 27, 1943, Helma married the love of her life, Raymond William Engelke at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The couple were blessed with two children, a daughter Donna and a son Dale. Helma and Raymond shared 30 years together before Raymond passed in 1973. They moved to the family farm in 1955 and the family farm still remains there.

A lifelong Lutheran, Helma enjoyed being active in her church. She participated in LWML, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Quilting Committee, Cradle Roll, and was a member of the Braille Transcription Committee. She loved gardening, canning vegetables, and fresh cut lilacs and peonies could always be found in her home. She enjoyed playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, and crocheting and often gifted her crocheted pieces to her family and friends. She also belonged and was active in her local neighborhood club.

Helma was always thinking of others. She was fondly remembered for her humble, kind and gentle ways. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Donna (Richard) Mau of Okoboji, IA and Dale Engelke of Mapleton, IA; 3 grandchildren: Julie (Joseph) Andres of Okoboji, IA, Susan (Shane) Neuharth of Spirit Lake, IA and Jennifer Engelke of Sioux City, IA; 6 great-grandchildren: William Neuharth, Joseph Andres, Jacob Neuharth, Jaxson Findley, Ryder Neuharth and Chance Neuharth; 1 brother: Leonard “Jim” Wodtke of Anthon, IA; 2 sisters-in-law: Lillian Wodtke of Spirit Lake, IA and Ferne Jacobson of Mapleton, IA; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Helma was preceded in death by her parents Frederich and Mathilde Wodtke; husband Raymond Engelke; siblings Marcus (Edna) Wodtke, Clara (Edwin) Kroll and Martin Wodtke; sister-in-law June Wodtke.
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5:00 PM 9/6/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/6/2018 7:00:00 PM
Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home - Mapleton

210 South 5th Street
Mapleton, IA 51034

Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.

Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home - Mapleton
210 South 5th Street Mapleton 51034 IA
United States

Funeral Service




10:30 AM 9/7/2018 10:30:00 AM
St. Matthew Lutheran Church

504 Walnut Street
Mapleton, IA 51034

St. Matthew Lutheran Church
504 Walnut Street Mapleton 51034 IA
United States

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Mt. Hope Cemetery Final Resting Place

Mapleton, Iowa

Mapleton, Iowa
United States

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