January 14, 2014


Helen Wieland, 96, of Carroll, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant will be Father Timothy Johnson. Music will be by Barb McDermott, Holy Spirit choir, and John Wagner as soloist. Lector will be Helen's nephew Kevin Kelly. Gift bearers will be Dr. Norman and Ann Schulz. Eucharistic minister will be Florence Oswald.

Casket bearers will be Helen's nieces and nephews Michael Kelly, Timothy Kelly, Lonnie Kelly, Dennis Kelly, Kevin Kelly, Carol Kelly, Kathleen Reinhardt and Bob Reinhardt. Members of Legion of Mary and St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary will form an honor guard for the Mass. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a Legion of Mary rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service by Holy Spirit Parish at 6:30 p.m.

The casket will be moved to Holy Spirit Church at 9 a.m. Thursday when visitation will resume.

Online condolences may be left for Helen's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born March 3, 1917, at Fonda, Iowa, Helen was a daughter of John and Laura (Quirk) Finegan. At a young age her family moved to the Carroll community where Helen attended St. Joseph School and later graduated from St. Angela Academy with the Class of 1935.

She worked in sales for many years at Kelly Shoe Store where she met her husband, Jim, and the couple were married May 28, 1963, at St. Francis Chapel in La Crosse, Wis. Helen and Jim made their home on the Wieland family farm two miles east of Carroll where Jim was engaged in grain and livestock farming. In 1981 the couple moved from the farm into Carroll.

Helen enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, walking, and took a tremendous amount of pride in her Irish heritage. With a strong devotion to her faith, Helen was active in Holy Spirit Parish where she was a longtime member of the choir, as well as a member of the St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary and Legion of Mary. She was honored in 2012 by the auxiliary for being one of its founding members and for her role as one of the organizers of the hospital's gift shop.

Helen is survived by several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Wieland, in 1992; her sister, Alice Kelly; and her brother, Merle John Finegan.