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Foell, Helen C. (1921-2017)


Posted By: Paul Nagy (email)
Date: 2/24/2017 at 12:36:31

Helen C. Foell
October 22, 1921 - January 26, 2017

Helen C. Foell, age 95, of Storm Lake, Iowa, died on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake.

A daughter of Edwin and Edna (Lingle) Matthew, Helen was born on October 22, 1921, on a farm near Larrabee, Iowa. As a teenager, she attended Larrabee High School, graduating in 1939. Next, she enrolled at a business school in Sioux City. She, then, worked in Cherokee for a short time before moving to Storm Lake where she worked for Buena Vista Abstract and the Fitzgerald Insurance Company.

On September 30, 1951, Helen married Richard A. Foell, a son of Ruby and Vernon Foell of Storm Lake, at the United Methodist Church. They remained long time members. Subsequently, they farmed and raised their two children, James and Julie, on the family farm south of Storm Lake.

A mother and homemaker, Helen took part in many church and community activities. In addition, she enjoyed various clubs and card groups through the years. Moreover, she and Dick liked traveling. They, especially, had many fond memories of their trip to Australia and New Zealand.

In 1985, Dick and Helen moved from the farm to Storm Lake where they resided until Dick’s death in 1999. Helen enjoyed entertaining her card groups and spoiling her grandchildren. She was known for her baking skills, especially her cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies. In 2008, however, a stroke forced her to move to the Methodist Manor.

Helen is survived by her son, Jim Foell, and his wife, Terry, of Storm Lake, Iowa; her son-in-law, Robin Holt, of New Hope, Minnesota; her grandchildren: Amy Foell, of Orono, Minnesota, Nick Foell, and his wife, Kim, of Storm Lake, Iowa, Mindy Wiltse, and her husband, Bret, of Johnston, Iowa, Jeff Foell, and his wife, Amanda, of Storm Lake, Iowa, and Jon Foell, and his fiancée, Kirsten Thomson, of Storm Lake, Iowa; her great grandchildren: Michael and Peter Wojcechowski; Paul and Ethan Foell; Alexandra, Kole, and Colin Wiltse; and Owen and Benson Foell; and her sister-in-law, Doris Rausch; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dick; her daughter, Julie Holt; her great granddaughters, Madison and Hailey Foell; her brother, Dean Matthew, and his wife, Josephine; her brothers-in-law, George Foell, and his wife, Rosemary, and Rodney Rausch.

Memorial services will be held Friday, February 3, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Burial will follow in the Storm Lake Cemetery. Visitation will take place for one hour before the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is overseeing the arrangements.

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