Hilda P. Oelrich

Hilda Pleggenkuhle Oelrich, 99, of Hawkeye, died Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at Maple Crest Manor Care Center in Fayette, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2015, at St. Peter Lutheran Church-Richfield with Rev. Wayne Ellingson officiating.  Interment will follow at the Church Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 25h at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be given to Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, St. Croix Hospice or the American Cancer Society. 

Hilda Lulu Louise, daughter of William and Anna (Dietrich) Wenthe, was born December 26, 1915 in Sumner, Iowa. She became a child of God through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on March 26, 1916, at Sumner by Rev. H. Bredow. She was confirmed in August of 1929 at St. Peter Lutheran Church by Rev. F.C. Ide. Her future husband, Ralph, was confirmed in the same class.

Hilda attended country school for six years, wrote her state exams, and then attended Sumner High School. She graduated in May of 1932 with a teaching certificate, but was unable to use it as she was only sixteen years old.

On September 26, 1934, she was united in marriage with Ralph Pleggenkuhle, at St. Peter Lutheran Church-Richfield, by Rev. F.C. Ide. The couple farmed southwest of Alpha, first as hired hands, then renters, and in December of 1939, they purchased the farm. They lived there until December of 1976, when they moved to their new home in Hawkeye. Ralph died on December 6, 1978. They were married for forty-four years.

Hilda was named an Iowa Master Farm Homemaker at Des Moines on December 13, 1965. She was a member of the National Master Farm Homemaker Guild, and a life member of Associated Country Women of the World. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church since March of 1928, faithful in attendance, active in Women’s organizations, and holding many offices. She taught Sunday School for twenty years, taught and was Superintendent of Vacation Bible School, served on Fayette County Family Living Committee for six years, and was very active in Fayette County Farm Bureau and the Farm Bureau Women’s Organizations. She was also a member of the Fayette County Cancer Society for forty years, holding many different offices, and was honored with the Harold Morgan State Cancer Award in Des Moines in October of 1986. As active Farm Bureau members, Hilda enjoyed travel tours to many states in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Puerto Rico, and the Holy Land, showing slide programs for many groups.  Hilda loved gardening, cooking, baking, sewing (even without patterns), but most especially enjoyed attending events of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

On May 2, 1987, she was united in marriage with Donald Oelrich at St. Peter Lutheran Church-Richfield by Rev. John Wogsland. Together they worked with Gideons and made wood crafts for family and friends. Donald died on March 28, 2012. They were married for twenty-four years.

She is survived by two sons, Roger (Janice) Pleggenkuhle of Sumner, Doyle (Cindy) Pleggenkuhle of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; two daughters, Sally (Glen) Boie of Hawkeye, Linda (Dean) Fritz of Hawkeye; one sister, Alice Wendland, Nora Springs; three sisters-in-law, Arlene Wenthe of Ossian, Dolores Pleggenkuhle of Fredericksburg, Anna Mae Schlatter of West Union; one brother-in-law, Robert Pleggenkuhle of Fredericksburg; twelve grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three step-children,  Jerry Oelrich of Lamont, Judy (Gary) Hansen of Estherville, and James (Linda) Oelrich of Strawberry Point; one step-daughter-in-law, Loyce Oelrich of Fayette; twelve step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Ralph and Donald, she was preceded in death by one step-son, Kenneth Oelrich; three sisters, Anna Bock, Ruth Lange, and Lucile Sustacha; and three brothers, William, Edward, and infant brother Henry Wenthe.


Phyllis and Randall Weller on September 25, 2015 at 8:21 AM said:

Sally---Our Sympathies and Prayers are with you which we hope will give the family comfort. It was so wonderful to have her all of these years. May you all be granted Peace
Betty & Dave Thompson on September 25, 2015 at 6:56 AM said:

Sending our sympathies with the loss of your Mom, Sally.
Beth O'Donald on September 24, 2015 at 11:14 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers go out to your families on the loss of your mother. Hilda was a wonderful neighbor to us growing up and her loss is felt by many. She was blessed with a long life filled with love and happiness. Sally & Glen and Linda & Dean, I'll be praying for you all to find comfort in God's love as you mourn the loss of your mother. Wish we lived closer to give you my condolences in person.
Wanda Wendt on September 24, 2015 at 5:37 AM said:

Sally, your mom was a super lady just like her daughter is! What an interesting life she lead. She touched and influenced the lives of numerous folks while she walked this earth. You, Glen and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Roxie and Charles Marston on September 24, 2015 at 5:22 AM said:

Thinking of you and your family. What an outstanding lady.
Naomi H Engel, friend from Sunflower Resort on September 24, 2015 at 12:50 AM said:

Fond memories abound! What a blessing your Mom was to all she met. She really made a difference in this world! I can understand how you, Sally, became the fine, Christian witness that you are. What a rich legacy she left with you and you pass on to others that you meet. "When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!" Thanks for sharing music, one of God's best gifts. xoxo Naomi Engel
Ernie and Linda Ellis on September 23, 2015 at 10:38 PM said:

I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I'm glad I got to meet her when we visited you. She sure was a talented and active lady! I'm sure all of you and your family will miss her. She sure lived a long life and she got to do a lot of wonderful things. I'll be thinking of you, Glen and Barb as you adjust to your loss.
Love, Linda
Connie & Ronald Schlatter, Bel Aire, Kansas on September 23, 2015 at 6:16 PM said:

By reading Hilda's obit, one is reminded what an active lady she was. I remember her writing poems for any subject given. She truly gifted in many ways. Our sincere sympathy to the entire family. Sending our caring & sympathy and wish we could be there as you gather for her "Celebration of Life" service. I am sure the church will overflow with friends and family.
Deanna & Jim Darrah on September 23, 2015 at 6:15 PM said:

Sally & family, what a wonderful mom you had. You are all in our players. God bless you.
Bill Pearce on September 23, 2015 at 6:07 PM said:

Interesting lady! My grandmother was a country school teacher at a young age, too.
Bonnie and Erv Loomis on September 23, 2015 at 4:24 PM said:

What a lovely picture of your mom, Sally. Now we know where you get your work ethic, she was a very busy lady, what a wonderful life.
Jane Copp Dietrich on September 23, 2015 at 4:10 PM said:

What a nice picture of your Mom - - Thoughts and prayers for your family. She and Mom both made it until just a couple of months before their 100 birthday. I will keep your family close in thought.
Chuck and Donna Haack on September 23, 2015 at 4:07 PM said:

So many memories of your mom that travel back in time to at least 1958 when we were in our first year of college, Sally. We are with your family in prayer and thought.
Bruce Zmolek on September 23, 2015 at 9:47 AM said:

Doyle and Family,

It sounds as if she had a great life and was a wonderful person.

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