Helen Marie Popken was born May 16, 1921, on the family farm in Grant Township, rural Le Mars, the daughter of Adolph and Clara (Kruse) Popken. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith at home by the Rev. Theo Meyer from St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron. She was later confirmed through the church.
Helen attended country school near her home at Grant No. 4. While living on the farm, Helen worked as a housekeeper for various neighbors.
As a young woman, she moved to Le Mars and worked at Marie's Dress Shop for a number of years while also selling Avon products.
In 1985, Helen began working at the Brentwood Good Samaritan Center, retiring after 22 years in 2007.
Helen was a lifetime member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. Her faith was a very important part of her life. She enjoyed singing in the choir for 48 years. She had taught Sunday school for 28 years and enjoyed participating in her church circle and other activities at the church.
Helen loved to visit with family and friends. Her warm smile will be missed by many.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Clara (Kruse) Popken; and eight brothers and sisters, Dora (John) Westhoff, Albert Popken, Alma (John) Onken, Clara (George) Oetken, Emma (George) Westhoff, Della (Henry) Dirks, Hilda (William) Renken, Tina Popken in infancy, and Amanda (Harvey) Haage.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron, with the Rev. Carla Nelson officiating. Interment will be at the church cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 4-7 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will continue Wednesday afternoon at the church from 12:30 p.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Steve Westhoff, Rick Westhoff, Luke Haage, Jenn Stodden, Shawna McCabe, and Tina Detloff.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.