Andrew S. Helmbrecht of Brook Park, passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at home. He was 98 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.
VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora.
MILITARY HONORS will be by the Mora American Legion Post 201.
Andrew Stephen Helmbrecht, passed away peacefully at his home in Quamba, Minnesota on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at the age of 98.
Andrew was born on March 26, 1922 in Howard Lake, MN. He was one of 15 children. He grew up and attended school in Hinckley. He helped on his family’s farm planting rutabagas, and raising cattle and horses. He was drafted into the US Army as a private first class and fought in WWII at the age of 20. When he returned from the war, he purchased a farm in Quamba and found his sweetheart Regina Fix, fell in love, and married her on May 1, 1951 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hinckley. Andrew became a dedicated and loving husband and father to 11 children.
Andrew worked for Blaw-Knox, Fingerhut, cutting trees for the DNR and Dairy farming. In everything he did, he gave his all. He lived a positive, thankful, cheerful, kind, quiet, and giving life. He always had a “don’t give up” attitude. He loved to read newspapers about gardening and handyman hints. He had a huge weed-less garden every year and even taught himself how to can after his wife passed away on February 16, 2006. He always had something to give rather than take (apples, apple butter, cucumbers, tomatoes, cookies, or candy). He split his own wood for the wood stove still into his 90’s. He was a hard worker and believed staying busy kept him young.
He loved and respected life. Never complained and found the good in everything. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, dancing and joking. If you knew him you knew what a great man he was.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ludwig and Theresa (Leiminger) Helmbrecht, 2nd child Donald, loving wife Regina, grandson Bryce Butenhoff, great granddaughter Madelynn Johnson, and 13 siblings.
He leaves behind his 10 children, Walter, Donna (Terry) Manthie, Gilbert (Roxann), Karen (Gary) Manthie, Martin, Barbara Johnson (Brian Stroman), Raymond (Blanca Botello), Duane, Laura Butenhoff (Jared Brown), and Roger (Brandie O’Connor); many wonderful grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; as well as his younger brother Bernard “Ben” Helmbrecht and many other cherished relatives and friends.