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Helen M. Leimer

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Helen M. Leimer, 95, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Augusta, KS. Viewing will be held prior to the service, which is at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church, 1500 Cron, Augusta, KS.  Burial will follow at Highland Park Cemetery, Winfield, KS.

She was born on August 23, 1922, to the late Otto and Anna (Carstens) Marten in Fairmont, OK. She grew up with her three siblings, Madelaine, Dalton and Otto "Jack" on the family farm in Winfield, KS.  She married Glenn K. Leimer on June 10,1945 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winfield.  She is survived by: sons, Marten Leimer (Linda) of Mulvane, KS, Delvan Leimer (Nancy) of Perryton, TX, Randal Leimer (Karen) of Leawood, KS; sister-in-law, Dolores Marten of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Van Leimer of Santa Fe, NM, Karen Horton (Erick) of Wamego, KS, Megan Darby (Josh) of Mission, KS, Cristin Leimer of Boulder, CO, Joel Leimer of Amarillo, TX, Carsten Leimer of Manhattan, KS, Connor Leimer of Nashville, TN; great grandchildren, Sienna and Teague Horton. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Glenn, her sister and brothers, and great grandson, Isaiah Seth Horton.

After moving to Winfield with her family, she attended a one-room country school, frequently riding to school on Tony, the family horse, with her siblings.  After graduating from Winfield High School in 1940 she attended St. John's Lutheran Academy, studying accounting, where she met her husband Glenn.

Prior to the war, she worked at Woolworth's in El Dorado and Inesses Department Store in Wichita, before heading to Washington, D.C. in 1941 to work in the civil service during World War II.  After the war she worked at Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita.  She married Glenn just before he was drafted into the Navy, where they spent a short time in San Diego until the war ended. 

Helen loved being a mother to her three sons and spending time with her family, including her extended family.  The annual Marten Family Reunion was always a highlight of the summer when she could see all her cousins and other family members.

She was adept at gardening, spending may hours cultivating flowers, and was known for her African violets, Irises, Peonies, and Roses. She also canned hundreds of jars of green beans, pear honey, and watermelon pickles, keeping the family well stocked throughout the year. 

She was always extremely active.  In earlier years, she enjoyed the square dancing club, the Elm Creek School community activities and 4-H Club volunteering.  In later years, she loved her Antique collecting and shows, and even had several Antique shops of her own.  She was involved in Antique appraisal work for several insurance companies, the County Election Board, Antique Club, Coin Club, various Lutheran women's groups, and the Red Hat Society.

Helen was proud to receive her 4-gallon blood donor pin from the Red Cross which was a priority for her due to Glenn's need for massive transfusions during one of his illnesses. 

She loved, and was loved, by her family.  Her family and her faith in Jesus Christ were her highest priorities. Her happiest times were family meals, gatherings, and reunions. 

She will be sorely missed.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141-8557.