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Helen Garber 1918-2013

March 7, 2013
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Helen Garber will be held Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Ayrshire. Burial is in Silver Lake Cemetery, Ayrshire.

The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Helen was born Oct. 21, 1918, in Emmetsburg, the daughter of Frank L. and Anna (Schnellman) Gray. She attended St. Mary's Academy and was a graduate of Emmetsburg High School.

On May 22, 1940, Helen was united in marriage to H. Dale Garber in Graettinger. To this union eight children were born.

The couple farmed since their marriage, and in 1955, they moved to a farm near Ayrshire where they remained until retiring off of the farm.

Helen also worked as a bookkeeper at the Farmer's Elevator in Ruthven, Farm Service in Ruthven, and she spent over 20 years with Helgen Law Office in Emmetsburg.

Helen was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ayrshire. She enjoyed gardening, bookwork, taking walks, reading and playing scrabble. Helen spent many hours crocheting and making afghans. Later in life, she enjoyed traveling with her sister, Mary.

On Sunday, March 3, 2013, Helen passed away at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. She was 94.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Deanna Stuhrk and her husband, Nick of Winter Haven, FL, Ginger Klepper and her husband, Gary of Emmetsburg, Lester Garber of Tipp City, OH, Marilyn Garber and special friend, Peter Simmons of Minneapolis, MN, Jane Moen and her husband, Adron of Emmetsburg, Laurie Schneider and her husband, Dave of Emmetsburg and Bill Garber and his wife, Gloria of Papillion, NE; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law, Helen Christian- son of Inver Grove Heights, MN.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; daughter, Eileen; and two sisters, Mary Quick and Maxine Frost.

Memorials may be left to the Lost Island Nature Center or to Ayrshire United Methodist Church.

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