Anna M. Helmuth

April 10, 1943 - February 28, 2019

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Sunday, March 03, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Maple Grove Church - 806 S. Main St., Topeka

Sunday, March 03, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Maple Grove Church - 806 S. Main St., Topeka


Monday, March 04, 10:00 AM
Maple Grove Church - 806 S. Main St., Topeka


Anna M. Helmuth, 75, of Topeka gained her angel wings Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Life Care Center of LaGrange.

She was born April 10, 1943, in Arthur, Illinois, to Eli K. and Bertha (Herschberger) Kauffman.

She moved to this area as a teenager, coming from Illinois.

On March 17, 1962, in Topeka she married James Helmuth. He preceded her in death on January 15, 2015.

Mrs. Helmuth owned and operated the Topeka Coffee Shop for 22 years. She was a member of the Maple Grove Church in Topeka.

Ann will best be remembered for her infectious laughter that radiated throughout her entire body. She enjoyed camping with her family, setting by the campfire, working in the garden in the summer, and doing puzzles with her husband in the winter. Baking pies every Saturday was her specialty. Ann could always be seen drinking coffee on the porch with her friends. She dearly loved playing with her grandkids.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Lambright of Elkhart and Lisa (Tim) Nowaskie of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; a son, Jeff (Tonya) Helmuth of Topeka; nine grandchildren, Kathy (Nick) Baughman, Angela (Sam) Brown, Josh Lambright, Leighann Kesterman, Kameron (Autum) Helmuth, Natasha (Michael) Handshoe, Darren (Candice) Stillson, Eli Nowaskie, and Gabe Nowaskie; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lizzie Ann (Kenneth) Mullet of Nappanee and Linda (Alvin Mast) Schrock of Wolcottville; three brothers, Levi (Jan) Kauffman of Wolcottville, Robert (Debra) Kauffman of Goshen, and Dave (Karen) Kauffman of Wolcottville; and a sister-in-law, Alanna Kauffman of Homosassa, Florida.

She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Carl Lambright; a grandson, Kristopher James Helmuth; and a brother, Willard Kauffman.

A Celebration of Life Service will be Monday, March 4, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Maple Grove Church, 806 South Main Street, Topeka with Pastor Jason Gingerich officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers are her grandsons, Josh Lambright, Kameron Helmuth, Darren Stillson, Eli Nowaskie, Gabe Nowaskie, Nick Baughman, Sam Brown, and Michael Handshoe.

Calling is Sunday, March 3, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at the church and one hour before the service on Monday.

Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois, 60601.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Becky Drerup
March 10th, 2019 11:41am
Rome City, IN

Jeff and family, Anna was a wonderful woman who I greatly admired. She and your Dad were just the most awesome couple. I enjoyed always every time I spoke with her. Hugs to you all. Rest well sweet lady.

Danny and Gladys Drake
March 4th, 2019 7:01pm

So sorry for your loss. God bless all of you.

Mary Bontrager
March 4th, 2019 1:27pm

Anne was a wonderful person who was everyone's friend. May God bless her family. Mary Bontrager

John and Lucille Kurtz
March 3rd, 2019 4:34pm
Sarasota FL

Remembering your wonderful Mother & wishing you comfort. Sending healing prayers & comforting hugs. We are sorry for your loss. God bless each one of you & May He comfort you. We have many good memories of your Mom.

Angie Stouder
March 2nd, 2019 7:26am
Nappanee, IN

Jeff and family, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. May God comfort you all!

Sherry Hurlbut
March 1st, 2019 3:21pm
Ligonier, IN

Jeff & Tonya, Levi, Bob and Family: So sorry for your loss. Anna was such a sweet person and a hard worker. I don’t think she knew a stranger. She always spoke to whoever she’d meet. The family and many others will miss her, but she’s at peace.. Sending prayers and hugs to the family.