Irma M. Henkhaus, 88, of Hamel died on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at Liberty Village in Maryville.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb.18 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel. A funeral service will follow the visitation at the church, with the Rev. Benjamin Ball officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Hamel.
She was born on Sept. 19, 1927 in Pin Oak Township to Henry and Alice (Ziegler) Klenke. On June 22, 1947, she married Earl E. Henkhaus, who passed away Aug. 9, 2005.
Mrs. Henkhaus grew up on the family farm in Alhambra Township. While growing up, she helped with all chores and worked in the fields on the farm.
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During the early years of her marriage, she worked as a grocery store clerk at Tri-City and Kroger. She then started her family and stayed at home and raised her four children. She and her husband later owned Henkhaus Grocery Store in Hamel for seven years. Then she and her husband moved to her family’s farm. She helped her husband with the usual farm work, until retiring in 1989. They moved to Hamel in 2002.
She enjoyed crocheting, the St. Louis Cardinals, gardening and attending her grandchildren’s sport activities and spending time with them.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel.
Survivors include a son, Ronald E. (Sue) Henkhaus of Overland Park, Kan.; daughters, Maureen (John) Stahl of Pleasant Hill, Mo., Kathryn (Randy) Pfeiffer of Edwardsville and Linda (J.C.) Webb of Collinsville; grandchildren, Kris (Jennifer) Henkhaus, Kurt (Rachel) Henkhaus, Rebecca Henkhaus (husband Greg Smith), Richard (Sarabeth) Stahl, Rachel (Ben) Martens, Melissa (Matthew) Blume, Justin Pfeiffer, Travis (Clary) Pfeiffer, Paul (Audra) Bickline, Jake Bickline (special friend Maddie Thompson) and Julie Bickline; a step-grandchild, Sara (Ben) Lesire; great-grandchildren, Paige Stahl, Briely Stahl, Mallory Stahl, Brantley Martens, William Henkhaus, Jonathan Henkhaus, Steven Henkhaus, Lawrence Henkhaus, Hughes Pfeiffer, Jettie Pfeiffer, Kaden Blume, Leah Blume, Maria Blume, Eva Henkhaus and Remy Smith; step-grandchildren, Luke Lesire and Audrey Lesire; a brother, Norman (Ana) Klenke of Centralia, Mo.; a sister, Velma Henkhaus of Alhambra; and a former son-in-law, Michael Bickline of Highland.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Elmer Klenke, Harold Klenke and Orville Klenke.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery or VITAS Hospice.