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Helen Killeas

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Helen Marie Killeas, 86, of Le Mars, died Monday Aug. 1, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Helen was born June 27, 1925, in Sioux City, the daughter of Merlin and Marie (Rozenboom) Schueller. She grew up in Le Mars, attended schools there and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1943.

After graduation she was employed with First National Bank of Le Mars.

On Aug. 27, 1946, Helen married Vernon J. Killeas. They lived in Laurel, Neb., where they were involved in the creamery business.

Later the family moved to Pender, Neb., and became co-owners of the Farmers Creamery.

In 1973 Helen and Vernon returned to Le Mars to live.

Over the years Helen enjoyed playing bridge, bowling and was an "avid" shopper, especially for her family.

She spent time in her yard and loved taking care of her flowers.

Summer weekends were spent at the family cabin on Lewis and Clark Lake near Crofton, Neb.

After returning to Le Mars, she kept a special connection with a group of high school classmates.

Helen was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars.

She cherished her family and all the time she spent with them, making each and every one feel so special.

Survivors include daughters: Andrea Peters (Roger) of Wisner Neb., Mary Jean Breitbarth (Roger) of Lincoln Neb., and Kristine Killeas of Sioux Falls S.D.; plus a special family friend, Jenny Trotter, also of Sioux Falls; grandchildren: Matt and Pam (Brant, Logan and Braden) Peters, Nicole Peters, Alicia Peters, Christopher Peters, Kara Breitbarth, Jason and Karen (Katelyn) Breitbarth, Leah Breitbarth, Adam (Dani) Breitbarth; a brother-in-law, James Koley of Houston Texas; a sister-in-law and husband, Linda and Robert Slusser of Rancho Palos Verde Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband Vernon; parents, Merlin and Marie Schueller; Vernon's parents, Jack and Grace Killeas; a sister and her husband, Margaret and Jack Dorr; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Koley.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, with the Rev. Matt Hewitt of St. James Catholic Church officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation with the family present will be after 4 p.m. Thursday at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, followed by a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

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