Elva Lavina (Pauls) Engbrecht, age 90, was called home to our Lord on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Born July 22, 1927 to Henry and Wilhelmina (Dick) Pauls on a farm west of Marion, S.D., she spent her elementary education at District 67, Grossfield Township and attended Marion High School.
She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized upon the confession of her faith by Rev. Alfred Waltner, on Aug. 9,1942. She became a faithful member of the Bethesda Mennonite Church.
On Oct. 1, 1950 she was united in marriage to Daniel D Engbrecht. They made their home on a farm north of Dolton, S.D. This union was blessed with five sons and four daughters, which included two sets of twins. Elva was a very busy farm wife raising children, helping with chores, tending to a huge vegetable garden and canning to help provide for the family.
Elva and Dan were privileged to celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary in October of 1975. They shared life’s joys and sorrows for 26 years. On April 9, 1977 her beloved husband, Daniel went home to be with the Lord.
In Fall of 1980, Elva moved to Bridgewater, S.D., with the youngest three children. She started a cleaning business to help provide for her children while her eldest son, Jerry took over the farming. She did not retire until she was 80 years old.
Traveling was one of Elva’s greatest joys in life. She was proud to have traveled all 50 states in her lifetime. Some of her favorite trips were to Alaska, Hawaii and the East Coast.
Sports was another favorite past time for Elva. She enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren’s sporting events. Elva was also an avid Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings fan. Embroidering was one of Elva’s special talents, which she enjoyed while watching sports.
Elva had a great spiritual concern for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and it was her heart’s desire that we all live for the Lord. Elva was an avid prayer warrior and prayed daily for each member of her family. In her devotions she read the Bible faithfully. She was proud to have read through the entire Bible several times. Her faith and prayerful heart will continue to be an inspiration to us all.
She joins in heaven her husband, Daniel Engbrecht; her father, Henry Pauls; her mother, Wilhelmina (Dick) Pauls; her stepmother, Bertha (Ewert) Pauls; and her sisters, Erna and Velma.
She is survived by nine children: Jerry and Bonnie Engbrecht, Dolton; Benny and Janice Engbrecht, Dolton; Betty and Kenneth Andela, Harrisburg, S.D.; Donna and Garland Petersen, Tea, S.D.; Jan Bentley, Harrisburg; Don and Linda Engbrecht, Marion; Carolyn and Mark Clark, Pine City, Minn.; Darrell and Hollie Engbrecht, Canistota, S.D. and Dennis Engbrecht, Dell Rapids, S.D.; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Malinda Pauls, Marion; and a host of other relatives and friends.