LITCHFIELD - Patricia L. Helmbrecht, 80, of Litchfield, formerly of Fairfax, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.
Funeral Service will be Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Fairfax with Pastor Vicki Toutges officiating. Interment will be in Christ Lutheran Cemetery, in Willow Lake Township, Redwood County, MN.
Visitation will be Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, from 4-8 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Fairfax. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Patricia Lorraine (Johnson) Helmbrecht was born on May 13, 1932, in Lytton, Iowa. She was the daughter of John and Jantiena (Vanderkooi) Johnson. Patricia was baptized as an infant on July 31, 1932, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on March 31, 1946. She received her education in Waverly, Iowa, and was a 1950 graduate of the Waverly High School. Patricia furthered her education at Wartburg College in Waverly.
On Dec. 7, 1962, Patricia was united in marriage to Helmuth "Bill" Helmbrecht at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. After their marriage, the couple moved to Springfield until 1964 when they moved to New Ulm and in 1971 they moved to Fairfax. Patricia was employed at the Fairfax Community Home for 26 years as a Nurses Aid and Activities Director. Patricia and Bill shared 39 years of marriage and were blessed with three children.
Patricia was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Fairfax and First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. She was a Sunday School and Bible School teacher for many years, and loved teaching the word of God.
Patricia enjoyed walking, biking, shopping, laughing, crocheting (tying knots in string; dad used to say), butterflies, pets, and music. She was a very talented musician. Patricia especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Blessed be her memory.
Patricia is survived by her sons, Mark Helmbrecht and his wife, Charlene of Litchfield, and Tom Bagne and his wife, Cathy of Minneapolis; daughter, Carol Oitzman and her husband, Cory of Glencoe; grandchildren, Bridget Kilgore and her husband, Will, Bill Helmbrecht, Alexandria Barton and her husband, Steve, and Elena Bagne; great-grandchildren, Jesse Stoehr, Cassandra Helmbrecht, Christina Helmbrecht, Justine Helmbrecht, and Zachary Barton; niece, Darlene Pickett, Nephew, Corky Vanderkooi, other relatives and friends.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, John and Jantiena Johnson; husband, Bill Helmbrecht; and grandson, Matthew Helmbrecht.
Arrangements by Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge. com Please click on obituaries and guest book.