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Elsbeth Helling

Elsbeth Helling

Thursday, June 16th, 1927 - Friday, January 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

Elsbeth Helling, 92, of St. Joseph, Michigan, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 3, 2020. She was born June 16, 1927 in Gelsenkirchen-Horst, Germany to Ferdinand and Anna (Schweichel) Lenk.

The family will receive guests from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Friday, January 10, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Washington Ave. Church of God, 4051 Washington Ave., Saint Joseph, Pastor Andreas Hannich officiating. Burial to follow at Hickory Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, Saint Joseph. Memorial contributions may be given to Liberian Missionaries, Caleb & Monika Sannoh https://newinternational.org/give/campaign/sannoh. Checks can be made payable c/o Washington Ave. Church of God.

Elsbeth married Guenther Helling in Germany on August 20, 1949. As a young married couple with a blond, blue-eyed toddler (Esther) born in 1951, they immigrated to the United States in 1953, had a son (Detlef) in 1954 and were married 45 years. They loved the sandy, sunset coast of Lake Michigan and enjoyed countless dinners with their children on its beaches. Elsbeth’s apprenticeship to become a secretary was interrupted by the events of WWII. She did begin her studies as a secretary, then after the war, worked as a nurse, cook, assembly line worker, circuit board assembly worker, and with her sister Frieda, in her brothers-in-law’s cabinet shop. Elsbeth attended the Washington Ave. Church of God where she was a co-worker in various children’s ministries and later in life, loved preparing for and leading the Senior Sunday school class. She sang soprano in church choirs, trios and quartets. Her faith in Jesus was center and foremost in her life and often asked those she encountered about their faith. Elsbeth loved all kinds of crafts and when she saw a craft, she always needed to understand how it was made. She knit and crocheted countless hats, scarfs, jackets blankets and booties. No Christmas was complete without something hand crafted by Mom.

Elsbeth is survived by her children, Esther (Erich) Kant, and Detlef (Helga) Helling; 8 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and her siblings, Frieda (the late Helmut) Mueller, Fritz (Renate) Lenk, Helga (the late Arnold) Arndt and sister-in-law Christa Lenk-Hoffmann.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Guenther Helling; sister Gertrude (the late Herbert) Tatzmann, brother Manfred Lenk; her great grandchild Jeffery Farrell; and her parents.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Location
    Washington Avenue Church of God - St. Joseph
    Address
    4051 Washington Ave.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    Washington Avenue Church of God - St. Joseph
    Address
    4051 Washington Ave.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Interment

    Location
    Hickory Bluff Cemetery
    Address
    4290 Cleveland Avenue
    Stevensville, MI 49127
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Darcy Stuck

Posted at 12:40am
Detlef,
On behalf of SJHS Class of 1973, I would like to offer our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. Please know that your classmate's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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Randall Helling

Posted at 01:48pm
Esther & Detlef,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a sweet and loving part of our family and she will be greatly missed. Take comfort knowing that she is in heaven walking again with loved ones and angels. My prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time.

Randall
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