Sunday, November 22, 2009

Grandpa, you will be missed...

Dennis J. Engelbert

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Engelbert, Dennis J. Chelsea, MI Dennis J. Engelbert, age 89, died Friday, November 20, 2009 at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital,Ann Arbor, MI after a brief illness and surrounded by his family. He was born July 27, 1920 in Albion, Nebraska , the son of John and Eunice Engelbert. Dennis was one of nine children and has two surviving sisters. He had four children with his predeceased wife Alvina (Brassow) Engelbert and they survive, John Engelbert of Chelsea, Janet (Ray) Feldkamp of Milan, Douglas (Nancy) Engelbert of Caledonia and Marlene (Bernard) Roulo of Brooklyn. He is survived by his current wife Catherine (Kay) Engel-bert and her children, Lawrny (Sharron) Steiner of Saline, Jim (Sue) Steiner of Whit-more Lake and Jane (Kevin) Berasley of Ann Arbor. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grand-children. Dennis was a proud, hard-working farmer who had never ending devotion to his family. We love you, Dad! Dennis was an active member of the St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor, past president of the Washtenaw County Farm Bureau, a current member of the Rogers Corners Farm Bureau and a life member of the Tri County Sportsman Club, where he loved to dance. Funeral services will be held at St. Thomas Lutheran Church on Tuesday November 24, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Charles Schulz officiating. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline on Monday November 23, 2009 between the hours of 2:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M. and from the church on Tuesday, November 24 from 10:00 A.M until time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St Thomas Lutheran Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church.

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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