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Maeystown woman dies from bee sting

By on October 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

A 56-year-old woman is believed to have died as a result of a bee sting suffered in Maeystown around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The village was celebrating its popular annual fall Oktoberfest antique and craft show, which also featured plenty of food vendors. 

The victim was identified as Kathleen Engbring (nee Hesterberg), 56, of Maeystown. 

Monroe County EMS rushed Engbring by ambulance to Red Bud Regional Hospital, where Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel pronounced her dead.

Preliminary findings indicate Engbring went into anaphylactic shock after receiving a single sting from a bee, Dudenbostel said. This is a sudden, severe reaction caused by exposure to a foreign substance such as bee venom.

“Everything is pointing in that direction right now,” Dudenbostel said, adding that official toxicology and autopsy results won’t be known for several weeks. “It’s just a sad situation.”

The coroner added that while this manner of death is highly unusual, some humans are naturally highly allergic to bee stings.

Visitation for Kathleen Engbring, the daughter of Whip Hesterberg and wife of Miguel Engbring, will take place 5 p.m. until time of service this Thursday at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. Funeral services are set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In addition to her father and husband, also surviving are children Bear Engbring and Carmen Klinkhardt; grandchildren Wyatt Engbring and Willow Klinkhardt; along with siblings, father- and mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.


Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.