Obits — Gertrude M. Droege

Gertrude Droege
Gertrude Droege

Gertrude Magdalena (Buckentin) Droege, age 96, of Glencoe, and formerly of Hamburg, passed away to be with her Lord on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe. Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, with interment following in the church cemetery. Clergy officiating: Pastor Donald Andrix; organist: Cheryl Andrix; soloist: Lawrence Biermann, “In The Garden” and “On Eagle’s Wings”; congregational hymns: “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “For All The Saints”; casket bearers: Craig Droege, Brent Dammann, Gene Buckentin, Darvin Raether, Willis Herrmann, Jerome Herrmann.

Gertrude Magdalena (Buckentin) Droege was born on Oct. 7, 1916, in Young America Township, the daughter of William and Martha (Harms) Buckentin. Gertrude was baptized as an infant on Oct. 15, 1916, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 13, 1930, both by Rev. H. J. Boumann at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. Her confirmation verse was Psalm 73:25-26. Gertrude attended parochial school in Hamburg and later public school. On June 19, 1938, Gertrude was united in marriage to Edwin Droege by Rev. H. J. Boumann at Emanuel Lutheran Church. Gertrude and Edwin made their home in Hamburg. In 2002, she moved to Millie Beneke Manor and then in March of 2011, she entered Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care, both in Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Delmer and Karen. Gertrude and Edwin shared over 39 years of marriage, until Edwin passed away on Feb. 26, 1978. In addition to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Gertrude worked at the Hamburg Postal Office for 20 years and then the Paul-McBride Funeral Home for 15 years, retiring in 1995. She was a lifelong and faithful member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, where she was a part of the quilting group. Gertrude enjoyed quilting, her garden, flowers and playing cards. She especially cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Gertrude passed away to be with her Lord at the age of 96 years, 2 months and 22 days. Blessed be her memory.

Gertrude is preceded in death by her parents, William and Martha Buckentin; husband, Edwin Droege; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Heinrich and Martha Droege; brothers, Edward Buckentin and his wife, Bertha, William Buckentin and his wife, Malinda, Herman Buckentin and his wife, Clara, Albert Buckentin and his wife, Esther; sisters, Ella Mehlhop and her husband, John, Bertha Lange and her husband, Walter, Martha Raether and her husband, Emil, Anna Herrmann and her husband, Arthur; sister-in-law, Esther Buckentin; brother-in-law, Henry Droege.

Gertrude is survived by her: children, Delmer Droege of Hamburg and his special friend, LaVonne Laabs, of Green Isle, Karen Dammann and her husband, Allan, of Perham, Minn.; grandchildren, Cynthia Sikorski and her husband, Paul, of Rosemount, Craig Droege of Norwood Young America, Denise Heckmann and her husband, Larry, of Waconia, Renae Kaliher and her husband, Jon, of Fergus Falls, Brent Dammann and his wife, Amy, of West Fargo, N.D.; great-grandchildren, Carter and Joshua Sikorski, Cortney Minger and her husband, Luke, Madison Heckmann, Samuel and Olivia Kaliher; sister-in-law, Harriet Droege of Ft. Myers, Fla.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America. Online obituaries and guest book available at