Helga married and emigrated from West Germany to the United States in 1963, started a family in Blue Springs, Missouri, and earned her American citizenship. She worked a number of jobs: Monroe’s Café and CAMO film developing lab in Blue Springs, and Heinz Bavarian Bakery and Woolco in Independence. When Woolco closed, she secured the position of Manager of Ladies’ Wear for the very first Blue Springs Walmart located at the corner of 7 Highway and R.D. Mize Road. She continued her position with Walmart as it moved into its next two iterations, retiring after nearly 30 years from its third and present location on NE Coronado Drive.
Helga was a hard worker, and proud of her achievements. She saved her school grade cards, her pay stubs, and the Mother-of-the-Year Award her daughter presented her with in 1976. She had a keen sense of design and decorating, and her home was always clean and welcoming. She could make a mean potato salad, and she taught her grandson to do the same thing.
Helga was Lutheran by faith, and enjoyed returning to Germany a number of times to enjoy the company of those friends with whom she shared Confirmation during her youth. She enjoyed traveling, music and dancing, laughing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Helga is survived by her daughter, Miriam Matzeder of Blue Springs, MO; her sister, Waltraud Nitzsche and husband Lutz of Glauchau-Gesau, Germany; her grandson, Jeffrey David McDaniel Jr. of Kansas City, MO; as well as great-granddaughters, LeAnna, Ma’Leah, Madison, and Kaylinda; and a number of nieces and nephews. Helga is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Rolf Krasselt; and her sister, Inge Brosche.
It was Helga’s wishes to be cremated. Her family will recieve visitors from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, blue Springs, MO. Memorial service will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Blue Springs Community Services League because they help families the way Helga always helped hers. Memories of Helga and words of comfort for her family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.