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Helen Marie Groneberg

Helen Marie Groneberg

Helen Marie Groneberg (Piepenburg), 93, reached her heavenly home July 28, 2014. Most important was her unfailing love and devotion to her Savior and then to her family.

Funeral services will be Friday, August 1, 2014, at 11:00AM at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hoffman with the Reverend Don Wagner officiating. Visitation will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 5 PM to 7 PM with a prayer service at 6:45 PM.

Helen was born to Albert and Frieda (Pasche) Piepenburg, February 1, 1921, at home on the farm in Horton Township, Stevens County. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Zion Lutheran Church in Horton Township. Helen attended country school and graduated from Morris High School. She pursued her lifelong passion to become a teacher by completing teachers training in Wheaton and teaching country school 1 year.

On June 6, 1945, Helen married Erwin Groneberg, custom harvester and farmer. Their 69 years together began on a farm near Norcross and continued on a farm near Hoffman for 66 years. Most recently, they lived at 4th Avenue Homes in Morris.

Helen was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She enthusiastically supported her children in school academics and nurtured their faith and personal growth. At Zion Lutheran Church in Hoffman she taught Sunday School for 25 years and was an active member of Ladies Aid. Helen enjoyed reading, writing, playing the piano, gardening, bird watching, sewing, quilting, canning, freezing, cooking, baking and traveling. She diligently made Jesus Loves Me banners, journaled lifes joys and struggles, sent cards and letters, and was a devoted prayer warrior.

Helen is survived by her husband, Erwin Groneberg, of Morris; children: Paul (Sandy) Groneberg of Hoffman, Carol (Larry) Voorhees of Knoxville, TN, Janet (Keith) Bergerson of Mankato, Ginny (Mike) Backman of Benson, Dave Groneberg (special friend, Danielle) of Plymouth; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, Nathan (Rita) Groneberg, Ellia & Autumn, Michael (Jaclyn) Groneberg, Owen & Alexander, Amy (special friend, Chad) Groneberg, Luke (Gina) Voorhees, Parker & Clayton, Kimberly Lowe, Jill (Jeff) Trei, Alexandra, Eric (Hanh) Bergerson, Isaac & Cyrus, Anna (Andrew) Motzko, Brody, Ahren Backman; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Frieda Piepenburg, and sisters, Ruth Domingo, Dorothy Lind, Lois Schlieman, and Marion Thielke.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Lutheran Hour. Arrangements are with the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Hoffman. Condolences can be left at