Helen Catherine Adloff was born on July 19, 1925 to Emil and Helen (Stevens) Adloff of rural Springfield, Illinois. By the time Helen reached the age of 14, she lost her mother, father, sister and brother. She was raised by her grandparents, uncles, aunts and their families, who resided on the original Adloff homestead. She was baptized, raised and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield. She graduated from High School in Springfield and was preparing to go to college, when her grandmother suffered a disabling stroke. Helen remained at home to care for her grandmother for ten years, until she passed away. She continued to live with her aunt and uncle and worked for them in their department store, also in Springfield.
Helen was united in marriage to James Post on August 4, 1957 at Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield, IL. To this marriage was born a son, John and a daughter, Rhonda. Following their marriage they resided in rural Okabena, MN and were engaged in farming. They remained on the farm until 1979, when they moved to Lakefield, MN.
Helen was a devoted wife and mother. She found much joy and happiness in her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She truly considered having a family of her own to be one of her greatest blessings. Helen was active in her church in Springfield and also St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Lakefield, where she was a member for 53 years. She taught Sunday school in both of her churches for a combined total of over 30 years. She was a member of the church choir, Ladies Aid, and was involved with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. After moving to Lakefield, she volunteered as a grey lady at the local nursing home, and continued to do so until March 2010, for 26 years of service. She was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels Program in Lakefield and served as delivery coordinator for many years. Helping others is what really made Helen happy. She also enjoyed sewing and quilting, both at home and with her church groups. Other hobbies included working in her flower garden and doing outdoor projects around her home.
Helen passed away peacefully with her family at her side at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, MN on November 7, 2010. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James Post of Lakefield, MN, her son John and wife Lesle of Okabena, her Daughter Rhonda and husband Don Stenzel of Okabena. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; Dustin and his wife Nichole, their children Mason, Hannah and Khloe Post of Okabena, Raquel Post of Aberdeen, SD, Jennifer, Michael, and Matthew Stenzel of Okabena and several special cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and both siblings.
Services for Helen will be Friday, November 12, 2010 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rost Township at 10:30 A.M. with Pastor Steve Weiss officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, November 11, 2010, from 5-7 P.M. at Osterberg-Hansen Funeral Home in Lakefield, and also one hour before the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.
Osterberg-Hansen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.