Catherine H. Helmbrecht, age 95, of Buffalo died Sunday, October 9, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. John Meyer officiating. Burial followed at St. Timothy’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and 9:00–10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. Parish prayers were at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Catherine H. Helmbrecht was born on May 8, 1921, in Chatham Township, Wright County to Charles and Dena (Wurm) Smith. Catherine grew up on the family farm and attended country school. On May 2, 1944, Catherine was united in marriage to William A. Helmbrecht at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. Catherine was an active member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church as well as the CCW, as her faith and church were very important to her. In her spare time, Catherine enjoyed cooking, baking, and needlework. She loved to make quilts, especially for her family members. She treasured the time she was able to spend with her family.
Catherine is survived by her three children, Ralph and wife, Nancy, of Annandale, Mary Lou Helmbrecht of Buffalo, and Greg and wife, Debbie, of Annandale; daughter-in-law, Sharon Helmbrecht, and special friend, Dan Rassat; seven grandchildren, Chantell, Brandon, Andrea, Katie, Joel, William and Robert; 12 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, husband; son, Gary; grandson, Brian; an infant son and daughter; and siblings, Evelyn Fobbe and Ralph, Edward, Raymond and Robert Smith.
Brandon, William, Robert, and Joel Helmbrecht, Andrea Zwilling, and Katie Braun were pallbearers. Krista Elsenpeter Tarbox and Sarah Goelz provided music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Maple Lake.