May 4, 1942 – March 19, 2020
Helen Bergt, 77, of Omaha, NE, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, surrounded by her family at Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
Helen Marie Bergt was born on May 4, 1942, to Karl and Katharina (Wilhelm) Michel in Mainz, Germany. She was mistaken as an orphan, brought to the USA in 1946, given the birth date of April 8, 1943, and adopted by Sonke “Barb” and Theta (Maddock) Jensen in Oakes, ND, where she grew up and graduated from Oakes High School in 1960. She attended Concordia University in Seward, NE, where she earned her BS in Education and Music. Helen was united in marriage to Paul Bergt on June 21, 1964, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oakes, ND.
Helen taught elementary school and music for several years. She owned and operated Countryside Gourmet. While she enjoyed these careers, she was most passionate about being the Director of Music and organist at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Columbus until retirement.
Helen loved playing the piano and organ, baking, cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family, especially her grandson. She was a very loving, nurturing, talented and encouraging wife, mom, grandma and friend.
Helen is survived by husband, Paul Bergt; daughter, Heidi (Kurt) Brink; son, Eric (Maya) Bergt; daughter, Kristin Bergt; grandson, Andreas Brink – all of Omaha, Nebraska; adopted brother, D J Jensen of Oakes, North Dakota; sister, Hannelore (Uli) Rohr of Weiterstadt, Germany; sister-in-law, Anita Michel of Mainz, Germany; nephew, Markus Michel; nieces, Carina (Michel) Popp and Kerstin (Rohr) Schwarze; five step grandchildren: Jhozel, Jhenea, Ghennica, Jhamei and Christian Teodoro; and four step great-grandchildren: Zachary, Adaline, Chloe and Aika.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Katharina Michel, Sonke and Theta Jensen; brother, Karl-Heinz Michel.
Family will receive friends (following CDC guidelines): Wednesday, September 2nd from 6pm to 8pm, at Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church (15005 Q St.). MEMORIAL SERVICE: Thursday, September 3rd, 10:30am, Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church with a luncheon to follow. GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 2:30pm, Schuyler Cemetery in Schuyler, NE with light refreshments to follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Columbus. Memorials are suggested to Mission Central, Orphan Grain Train, or those of the donor’s choice.