Helen (Poehlmann) Mikeska Schulz
June 24, 1927
March 23, 2017
Helen Louise Poehlmann Mikeska Schulz went home to her heavenly father on March 23, 2017.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, March 25 in Brenham Memorial Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 26 in Welcome Lutheran Church with Pastor John R. Sutton, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
She was born to Reinhold and Elsie (Rodenbeck) Poehlmann on June 24, 1927, in the Pleasant Hill Community. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Salem Lutheran Church of Salem, where she was a very involved member of the Luther League.
She took a very active part in the family dairy and farm, especially during WW II, when many of the young men were off to war and she became her father‘s right-hand “man.” She often shared fond memories of making butter and delivering milk and butter to many customers.
On June 20, 1948, she was married to John Robert Mikeska, Jr. in the Salem Lutheran Church. They were blessed with a daughter and three sons. After the family moved to Wesley, Helen became a very dedicated member and volunteer at Welcome Lutheran Church. She set a good example for her family of the importance of faith and love. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Junior Lutherans for many years. She served on many committees and was president of the Women of the Church for many years. She was a member and leader in the Naomi bible study circle.
She was very dedicated to promoting her children’s education, and was very active in the Welcome School PTA. Serving as Den mother for her sons’ Cub Scout troops was very rewarding for her. Gardening, canning and yard work were also activities that were very fulfilling for her. Her grandchildren prized her homemade pickles and chocolate chip cookies. They will also always cherish the Sunday and holiday dinners she loved to prepare for all her family.
She proudly worked as a dealer for Stanley Home Products for over 50 years. She enjoyed bowling and playing the piano. She always enjoyed music and dancing, and shared this with her devoted friend, Shirley Moehlman, in her later years. The many hours of playing cards with her bridge “family” always gave her so much to look forward to. All have preceded her, except for her daughter and her dear friend, Nina Runge.
In May, 1999, she married Delphine Schulz at Welcome Lutheran Church. They enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii, Mexico, Russia, and other countries in Europe.
She dearly loved Wesley, and put her heart and soul into making it a home her family could be proud of. She moved to Argent Court in 2015. Here she made many new friends - all who were a blessing to her. Bingo and dominoes became favorite activities.
Her love and caring will be deeply missed by her children, Theresa (Mikeska) and Ray Rodenbeck, John and Dana Mikeska, and Charles and Hertha Mikeska; her seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, who affectionately called her Grandma, Grams, and Gigi - Ryan and Annie Rodenbeck, Bennett and Emily; Rachel (Rodenbeck) and Olin Parker, Presley and Braxton; Christopher Mikeska; Kaci (Mikeska) and R. J. Abernathy, Laine and Emersyn; Alison (Mikeska) and Neal Reimer, Garrett and Chance; Heather (Mikeska) and Justin Margist, Brylee and Ellie (due in June); Fallon (Mikeska) and Brandon Schovajsa, Laney; and her loving brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Jeanette Poehlmann; and sister, Joyce Weiss.
She was dearly loved and will be missed by all of her nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was also blessed with loving step-children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: Gary and Carol Schulz, Alyssa Schulz, Erick (Terrie) Kauffman, Kyle (Teresa) Kauffman, Rachel (Lance) Sparks, Jessica McIntyre, and Stacy Palacios; Susan (Schulz) and Paige McLain, Brooke Ingram and Taylor Jenkins; Deana and Bruce Breault, Leisa Priddy, and Brian, Megan and Bret Signorelli; her sister-in law and brother-in-law Verlin (Schulz) and Charles Mosely.
Helen and her family were very blessed to have the love and dedication of her wonderful friend and caregiver, Peggy Marshall. She was also given very special love and care by Vanessa Harris. The family is forever thankful for their devotion and is also thankful for the care she received at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was preceded in death by her loving husbands, John Mikeska, Jr. and Delphine Schulz; her son, Michael; great-grandson Reece Reimer; her parents; parents-in-laws, John and Louise Mikeska; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Margaret (Mikeska) and Robert Cason; brothers-in-law Arthur Weiss and Henry Zientek, and her dear friend and aunt, Norma Winkelmann.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons - Ryan Rodenbeck, John Christopher Mikeska, Olin Parker, R. J. Abernathy, Neal Reimer, Justin Margist, and Brandon Schovajsa; and nephews - Robert Weiss, William Weiss, and Todd Poehlmann. Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters, great-grandchildren and Godchildren.
Contributions in her memory may be given to Welcome Lutheran Church and the American Cancer Society.
Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 To share tributes visit www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.