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Dorothy Eva Mahnken - March 03, 2009

Dorothy Eva Mahnken, age 86 years and four months, went to be with the Lord on March 3, 2009 at Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant, Neb.
Dorothy Eva (Engel) Mahnken was born in Perkins County at her family’s home on Nov. 3, 1922 to Herman Henry and Jennie Irene (Stivers) Engel. She grew up on their family farm northwest of Grant.
On Feb. 7, 1940 Dorothy was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church northwest of Grant where she remained a member until her death. She was a member of the L.W.M.L. where she held several offices, quilted countless quilts with the other members, and baked many of those homemade pies that the ladies of Trinity were so well-known for. She remained faithful and involved in her church as long as her health permitted.
Dorothy attended grade school at District 62 in Perkins County, which was located near the farm where she was born and raised and the farm where she lived most of her married life. She graduated from Perkins County High School in Grant in May 1940.
On Nov. 19, 1941 Dorothy Eva Engel and Carl Fredrich Mahnken were united in marriage at the home of Dorothy’s parents northwest of Grant. This marriage was blessed with four children, Ronald, Barbara, Garold, and Keith.
Carl and Dorothy lived almost 42 years on the farm northwest of Grant that Dorothy’s grandpa Engel homesteaded in May 1885. In September 1983 Carl and Dorothy moved to their new home in Grant, which they enjoyed together until Carl’s death on July 19, 1987.
Dorothy’s devotion to her family was evidenced by all she did. She was an active Christian, a devoted farmer’s wife, a loving mom and grandma, and a wonderful homemaker. She enjoyed canning, gardening, baking, cooking, and sewing for her family.
She found pleasure in helping Carl by working in the fields, driving the grain truck, making trips to town for repairs, taking meals to the fields, and accompanying him any chance she got. She also enjoyed playing cards and board games, putting puzzles together and doing crafts.
In their younger years, they enjoyed taking part in the community family square dances. Carl and Dorothy and their family took yearly vacations and traveled throughout the United States. Her husband, children, and grandchildren were her pride and joy and she always took the time to be with them whenever she could.
In the past, Dorothy was a member of the ABC Club, a volunteer at the Golden Ours Convalescent Home, and was very involved at the Perkins County Senior Center and AARP where she enjoyed working at the desk, getting greeting cards ready for the seniors, and spending time with friends.
She remained in her home until June 2007 when because of health problems, she moved to Golden Ours Convalescent Home where she lived until her death.
Dorothy will be greatly missed by her sons, Ron and wife Carol Mahnken, Gary and wife Donna Mahnken all of North Platte, Neb., Keith and wife Connie of Grant; daughter, Barb and husband Charlie Hasenauer of North Platte. She also leaves her grandchildren, who cherish their memories of grandma and will miss her in their lives, Chad and Tara Mahnken, Jacob Hasenauer and Michael and Katie Mahnken of North Platte; and Tyler, Andrew and Jordan Mahnken of Grant. Four step-grandchildren, Jeff and wife Shannon Hasenauer of Omaha, Tonyia and husband Michael Miller of North Platte, and Merrit and husband Tommy Gilmore and Brandon and wife Sara Hasenauer of Arlington, Neb.; and seven step great-grandchildren, Sydnee, Caleb and Hayden Miller, Kylea and Skylar Hasenauer, Hunter and Kolton Gilmore also mourn her loss; her sister, Irene and husband Edwin Weiss of Holdrege, Neb. and brother, Dale and wife Marilyn Engel of Ogallala, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Joan Mahnken of Ogallala and Eloise Mahnken of St. Charles, Mo. and a host of relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Carl; and her parents Herman and Jennie Engel.
Services were held Friday, March 6, 2009 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Wayne Pick officiating.
Music was provided by Marion
Oellermann and the congregation.
Casket bearers were Chad Mahnken, Tyler Mahnken, Michael Mahnken, Jacob Hasenauer, Tara Mahnken, Andrew Mahnken, Jordan Mahnken, and Katie Mahnken.
Interment was in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.