Mary Helen “Toots” Vollertsen, age 90 of Hamburg, peacefully passed away on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at the Ambassador in Sidney.
She was born on Feb. 23, 1926, at Hamburg Hospital in Hamburg, to Ralph and Helen Margaret (Campbell) Stoner.  
She attended school in Hamburg and graduated from the Hamburg High School with the class of 1943.  
After graduation, she attended Lincoln General School of Nursing, Lincoln, Nebr., where she met a handsome young pharmacy student named Marvin Vollertsen and obtained her degree as a Registered Nurse.
On March 31, 1946, she and Marvin were united in marriage in Lincoln.  
To this union three children were born:  Thomas, Randall, and Mary Lynn.  Marvin and Toots moved to Hamburg in 1946.  
As her children grew, Toots became very active in the Red Cross and was a part-time/substitute nurse at Hamburg Hospital.  
At one point she stepped into the role of interim administrator while they sought a replacement.
When her nest was empty, she began attending college at Tarkio College, seeking a BSN in nursing.  
Instead, she earned a teaching degree and taught Biology at Hamburg High School for several years.  Many of her former students have thanked her for her tenacious efforts to turn them into serious lifelong learners.
Toots was an industrious member of the community.  
She was instrumental in getting the Hamburg swimming pool built and taught numerous children swim lessons, coached swim team, organized synchronized swimming, and choreographed and produced annual water shows.
She raised money for and worked to restore the Colonial Theatre.  
She was active in various community projects including the Hamburg Library.  
She served as Grand Marshall at the Hamburg Popcorn Day, and was an avid bridge player, bowler, and member of the Empyrean and Town & Country  bridge clubs and PEO.
She is survived by her husband Marvin Vollertsen of Hamburg; children:  Randall Vollertsen and wife Nancy of Minnetonka, Minn., Mary Lynn Van Engen and husband Floyd of Anoka, Minn., five grandchildren:  Hana Hawley and husband Josiah of Los Angeles, Calif., Sara Van Engen of Ramsey, Minn., David Van Engen and wife Michelle of Burnsville, Minn., Stephen Van Engen serving with U.S.A.F. in Italy and Curtis Van Engen of Minneapolis, Minn.; two great grandchildren:  Donyia and Latjoor; a sister Jean Ann Kilby of Phoenix, Ariz., brother-in-law Jack R                          oland of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by a stillborn son Thomas Roger and sister Jacqueline Roland.
Funeral Services were to be held Friday (11/18) at 2 p.m. at United Trinity Church in Hamburg with Pastor Tom Beutler officiating.  Burial was to be in the Hamburg Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Hamburg Library or Hamburg Community Foundation.
 The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8                    p.m. Thursday at Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg.
Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg is in charge of arrangements.