December 17, 2013


Helen Marie Heithoff, 99, of Coon Rapids, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Parkview Assisted Living and the Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids. Father Anthony Hoffman will celebrate a Mass of the Christian Burial on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Dedham, with Deacons Louie Meiners and Fred Cornwell.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Johnson & Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids, where there will be a rosary at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Thursday where visitation will resume. Mass servers are Nathan Heithoff and John Heithoff. Lector is Randy Heithoff. Eucharistic minister is Jim Heithoff. Gift bearers are Helen's Granddaughters. Casket Bearers are Helen's grandsons. Pianist for the service is Ann Staudt. Cantor is Luke Staudt.

Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery at Dedham.

Helen Marie, daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (Neppl) Ludwig, was born October 2, 1914, at Breda, Iowa. Her early years were spent at the family farm east of Breda, helping take care of her younger siblings, since her mother passed when she was 5 years old. Helen worked at several stores in Carroll during her young-adult years.

Helen met Lawrence Heithoff at a dance in Carroll. On February 4, 1948, they were united in marriage at St. Peter and Paul's Church in Carroll. Helen and Lawrence were the parents of four children. They farmed near Templeton and in 1958 they moved to the present farm in Audubon County, Viola Township, south of Dedham.

Helen was a homemaker, taking care of her children and helping with her grandchildren. She raised chickens, had a large garden, canned garden produce and was especially proud of her fruit trees and homemade apple pies. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, baking and raising African violets. Helen enjoyed entering her homemade items at the county fairs. Helen was an active 4-H leader for many years and enjoyed being involved as a member of St. Joseph's Parish and Ladies Guild in Dedham. She was also a member of the Viola Homemakers Club for over 50 years.

Lawrence passed away in 1974 and Helen remained on the farm until 2010 at the age of 96. She resided in an apartment in Coon Rapids for three years and was a recent resident of Parkview Assisted Living and the Thomas Rest Haven.

Helen is survived by her children: Jim Heithoff of Audubon and his friend Vikki Stevenson; Patty Staudt and husband Dennis of Marble Rock; Karen Riley and her husband Steve of Coon Rapids; Nancy Bowman and her husband Ron of Coon Rapids; 18 grandchildren: Randy Heithoff, Scott Heithoff, Craig Heithoff, Jenny O'Keefe, Todd Heithoff, Beth Doidge, Neil Heithoff, Ann Staudt, Jill McCarden, Luke Staudt, Jason Lengemann, Jessica Trecker, Ryan Bowman, Tracy Brody, Travis Bowman, Kendall Bowman, Zach Bowman and Jacob Bowman; 26 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a sister Wilma Ludwig, a brother Clarence Ludwig, and an infant granddaughter Kelly Jo Lengemann.