Christian Biography of Elfrieda Stuhmer
Elfrieda Gertrud Stuhmer, the daughter of Reverend Ernest and Alma (Turk) Baack, was born on August 11, 1925 in Malone (Walling), Texas. She passed away on July 27, 2011 at the Golden Living Center in Franklin, Nebraska, at the age of 85 years, 11 months, 16 days.
Elfrieda was baptized by her father Rev. E.O. Baack at Saint Peters Lutheran Church in Walling, Texas, on August 23rd, 1925. She was confirmed by her father at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stover, Missouri, on August 7th, 1938. Her confirmation verse was Psalm 37:5.
She attended country school in Texas, where she remembers riding to school in a horse drawn buggy with her siblings. Her parents moved to Pyrmont, Missouri, where she finished school graduating from Stover High School in 1943. While in high school she played volleyball and softball. Elfrieda loved music, she sang in the chorus and glee club, played the violin in the high school orchestra and string sextet.
After graduating high school she moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and worked at The System Bible Company. She moved to Genoa, Illinois, and would hitch hike to work in Dekalb. Then on to Columbus, Ohio, where she worked for Augsburg Publishing House. She attended Capital University for a year and a half in Columbus, Ohio. She also worked in Holdrege and Lincoln, Nebraska, and Denver, Estes Park and Greely, Colorado.
While visiting her brother Ernest in Macon, Nebraska, she met Carl Stuhmer, they started dating and were married on April 25th, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church. To this union three children were born. They lived on the farm where Carl was born and grew up until 1992 when they moved to Franklin.
Elfrieda was a life long Lutheran and a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church serving in WELCA, singing in the choir and many other activities. She was a caregiver not only to her family but to many neighbors. Cookies, coffee and a helping hand were always at the ready. She was engaged in the chicken business, supplying hatching eggs for neighbors and her family. She always had a garden helping feed family and neighbors.
Elfrieda was preceded in death by her parents; husband Carl, June 7th, 2009; her brothers Ernest and Edward.
Those left to treasure her memory: sons; Keith Stuhmer and wife Donna of Valley Springs, California; Kerry Stuhmer and his wife Janice of Central City, Nebraska, daughter, Peggy Drees and husband Neil of Austin, Minnesota; sister, Ernestine Warta and husband Anton of Wilbur, Nebraska; Sister-in-law Jean Baack of Springfield, Missouri; 10 grandchildren; Don (Christie) Stuhmer, Brian (Michele) Stuhmer, both of Linden, California; Jason Stuhmer, Stockton, California; Travis (Kimberly) Stuhmer, Milburn, Nebraska; Sarah (Ryan) Schoen, Adams, Nebraska; Tammy Stuhmer, Lincoln, Nebraska; Samuel Stuhmer and Joanna Stuhmer both of Central City; Nathan and Caitlin Drees of Austin, Minnesota; and 5 great-grandchildren; Grant and Chantz Stuhmer, Teagan Haynes, Carleigh Schoen and Aubrey Stuhmer;3 great-grandchildren on the way and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services: Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM from the Zion Lutheran Church in Macon, Nebraska
Clergy: Revs. Baron and Nancy Cole
Visitation: Friday, July 29, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, with Family greeting Friends from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Hutchins Funeral Home
Interment: Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery at Macon, Nebraska
Memorials are suggested to go to donor's choice
Condolences may be sent to Hutchins Funeral Home, 1402 M Street, Franklin, Nebraska 68939 or in care of www.hutchinsfh.com.
Hutchins Funeral Home of Franklin, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.