Lieselotte (Lilo) Gereda Heumann

(Lilo) Lieselotte Gerda Heumann, 97 of Grand Island died Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at Wedgewood Care Center.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronberg.  Reverend Kristine Schroeder will officiate.  Burial of ashes will be in the Kronberg Cemetery.
All Faiths Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Lilo was born October 2, 1920 at Rethausen, Germany the daughter of Wilhelm and Margarete (Engel) Koehn.
She was raised in Germany having attended private school.  She came to the United States in 1954.  She was united in marriage to Wilhelm “Bill” Heumann on July 1, 1954 at Tipton, Kans.  Bill and Lilo worked on different farms in Kansas and Nebraska until they had the opportunity they were hoping for by renting their own farm near Marquette and were eternally grateful for the chance to be on their own.  They were very well received by the predominant Danish community and were so appreciative of their neighbor’s willingness to help them get started.  She was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Kronborg, Marquette even after moving to Grand Island.  Lilo was a very active volunteer at the Grand Generation Center and continued to do so until her health did not permit it.
Lilo was a woman of many talents.  She was well known for her excellent baking of traditional German dishes especially stollen, a Christmas bread which she faithfully gave to others.  She was always willing to share her baking “secrets” with others. She was a very gracious host in her home and made everyone feel welcome.   In addition, she could sew, knit, weaving area rugs and took up landscape oil painting of which can be found in local homes.  She worked side by side with Bill and was not afraid to get her hands dirty.  She also took time to plant flowers and keep the farm place in immaculate condition.  Lilo always had a very positive attitude and never was discouraged no matter how tough the times were.  Her German work ethic was always evident no matter the task at hand. She always commented that she would never lose her distinctive German accent no matter how long she lived in the US.  She loved to play a mean game of 30 point pitch, enjoyed polka and waltz music and, of course, dancing.
Survivors include her niece, Ingrid Becker of Germany and special friends, Bob and Alice Hellbusch of Grand Island. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; brother, Wilhelm Koehn and sister, Ilse Becker.
In lieu of flowers, it was always Lilo’s wish that any memorials be given to a long-lasting cause, thus to either St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Grand Island Generation Center.
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