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1919 Helen 2005

Helen L. Mathern

February 9, 1919 — March 17, 2005


February 9, 1919 ~ Remsen, Iowa
March 17, 2005 ~ Woodbury, Minnesota

10:30 A.M. Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Sacred Heart Catholic Church ~ Sutherland, Iowa
Father William Paul McKane O.S.B. ~ officiating

“Here I Am Lord”
“Amazing Grace”
“Song of Farewell”
“Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”
Communion Hymn
“Be Not Afraid”
Soloist: Ben Grant
Organist: Ben Grant

Stan Swenson Michael Swenson
Brian Anderson Eric Olson
Jeff Heil Nathan Weathers

Calvary Cemetery ~ Sutherland, Iowa

Arrangements are under the care of the Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Home

After the graveside service, relatives and friends are invited to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Helen Linnea Mathern, the daughter of John Albert and Esther Hilder (Swanson) Kimblad, was born February 9, 1919 in Remsen, Iowa. She moved with her parents to their farm northeast of Paullina in Dale Township in 1930. She graduated from Primghar High School in 1937 and after graduation worked at the Emil Olander & Co. Drug Store and Claussen’s Bakery in Primghar. On July 26, 1945, she was united in marriage to Carl Leon Mathern in Sutherland, Iowa. After their marriage they moved to the Frank and Catherine Mathern farm, one mile south of Gaza, Iowa; Carl and Helen farmed (along with Paul and Catherine Mathern) until 1980, when they built a home in Sutherland. In September of 2004, they moved to the St. Paul, Minnesota area, where her daughters and their families live. She passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2005 at the Woodwinds Health Center in Woodbury, Minnesota, reaching the age of 86 years, 1 month and 8 days.
She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland.
Helen leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 59½ years, Carl Mathern of Woodbury, Minnesota; two daughters, Linda and her husband, Stan Swenson of St. Paul, Minnesota; Donna Anderson and Jim Emmerling of Woodbury, Minnesota; 5 grandchildren, Brenda and her husband, Ryan Benson; Jennifer and her husband, Eric Olson; Karin and her husband, Jeff Heil; Michael Swenson and Brian Anderson; a great-grandson, Johnathan Benson; a brother and his wife, Axel and Ellen Kimblad of Primghar, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Marget Kimblad of Paullina, Iowa; also nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Carl Arthur Kimblad.
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