Helen C. Paskert, 88, of Le Mars, died Thursday July 21, 2005, at Good Samaritan Village, Brentwood Center in Le Mars following a brief illness.
The former Helen Catherine Eufers was born Nov. 24, 1916, on the family farm north of Oyens, the daughter of Nicholas and Mathilda (Henrich) Eufers. She grew up in the Oyens area and graduated from St. Catherine's Parochial School. In 1936, she married Matt Paskert. Following their marriage, the couple farmed for many years, south of Remsen and then moved to Le Mars in the early 1950's. Her husband Matt died in 1966.
For many years Helen was a caregiver and housekeeper for several elderly people in Le Mars. She loved to cook and had helped Cora Crowley with the noon meals for various service clubs in Le Mars for many years. She had also worked as the housekeeper for several priests at St. Joseph's Church Rectory for many years.
Helen was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and The Christian Mother's Society.
Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, LaVonne and Tom Gaul, and Connie and Rod Eisma, all of Le Mars; four grandchildren, LeAnn Vitito and her husband Don of Omaha, Neb., JoLynn Curbeam and her husband James of Omaha, Neb., and Gretchen and Brandy Eisma, both of Sioux Falls, S.D.; four great-grandchildren, Michael and Sara Vitito and Alex and Olivia Curbeam; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Matt in 1966; a son, Don Paskert in 1987; a grandson, Nick Eisma in 1997; three sisters, Josephine Eufers, Anna Ballman, and Geraldine Schiltz; and two brothers, Charles Eufers and Leo Eufers.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Kevin Richter as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Catholic Cemetery in Oyens. Visitation will be anytime after 3 p.m. today (Friday) at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, where there will be a Christian Mother's rosary at 4 p.m. and the Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday morning for one hour prior to the Mass at the Church.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Eufers, Bedford Robinson, Danny McCarthy, Larry Dreckman, Keith Schiltz, and Marvin Kunkel.