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Helen Mayr

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Helen Jane (Collison) Mayr, 93, of Carroll passed away on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll. Even up until most recently, she said she was not going anywhere yet, but due to her fast approaching and latest illness, life took her in another peaceful direction.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. Officiating will be Peg Scheidt. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in Arcadia.

Following the burial, please join Helen’s family at the Sharp Center (226 W. Eighth St., Carroll) for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to celebrate her life.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for the Mayr family at

Helen was born on Dec. 19, 1928, in Arcadia, Iowa, and was a daughter of Vincent and Margaret (Beiter) Collison. She grew up and attended grade school in Arcadia and then graduated from St. Angela Academy all-girls high school in Carroll (now Kuemper Catholic High School) in 1945, and then moved to Denver, Colorado, to attend Loretto Heights all-girls Catholic college.

Helen was married to Leo R. Mayr on June 16, 1951, at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia by Father Stork. The couple made their home in Harlan where Leo worked as an accountant. In 1953 Helen and Leo moved to Carroll where Leo was manager of KCIM radio station and the two of them then started their family.

Helen loved life. She enjoyed many years each summer with her family at their favorite vacation spot on Pelican Lake in Ashby, Minnesota. In the recent years they enjoyed visiting their condo in Okoboji. Helen loved to fish, cook, play cards and competitive bridge with her friends, bingo, puzzling, and spending time with her family. She was a great companion to her husband, Leo, and a wonderful mom to her five surviving children.

Helen is survived by her son John Mayr of Carroll; four daughters Margie Bierl and husband Kevin of Scottsdale, Arizona, Heidi Mayr of Cleveland, Ohio, Molly Amundson and her husband Steve of Scottsdale, and Ann Mitchell of Phoenix, Arizona; six grandchildren: Ariel, Austen and Alexa Bierl; Kelsey and Hannah Amundson; and Ryan Mitchell; two great-grandchildren: Brooks and Bradie Bierl; and her sister-in-law Jan Collison of Rockwell City; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Leo Mayr; her parents: Vincent and Margaret Collison; her brother: John Collison of Rockwell City; her sister: Mary Boell of Minnesota, daughter Jane in infancy; and son Anthony in infancy.

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