ARLINGTON - Helen Ione Weckwerth, age 92, of rural Arlington, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Arlington Township with Rev. William Postel, officiating.
Interment will be in the Arlington Public Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington, and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.
Helen was born July 15, 1921, in Faith, S.D., to Robert and Tillie (Lossmann) Meyers. She was baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Faith, S.D. She was confirmed in 1940 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Arlington. She married Herman J. Weckwerth on Sept. 28, 1941, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Arlington. She was a member of the St. John's Ladies Aid for many years and read her Portals of Prayer daily. Helen and Herman enjoyed dancing to polkas and waltzes. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, and was willing to feed anyone at any time of the day or night. She was known to make the best caramel rolls and cake. Helen wrote many journals throughout the years. She lovingly raised and cared for her siblings, children, and grandchildren.
Helen is survived by her children, Merlin (Shirley) Weckwerth of Midland, Texas, Richard (Sandra) Weckwerth of Gaylord, Carol (Leonard) Tvedten of Fairmont, and Gary (Debra) Weckwerth of Arlington; eight grandchildren, Janet Smith, James (Crystal) Weckwerth, Jay (Tami) Weckwerth, Lisa Schilling, Susan Weckwerth (John Breen), Shari (Hector) Archila, Gina (Richie) Kammer and Kaylee Weckwerth (special friend, Lance Messner); five great-grandchildren, Troy and Chelsea Weckwerth, Jonathan Schilling, Alyssa Kellander and Bryan Archila; sister, Vivian (Lawrence) Duenow; sisters-in-law, Frances Meyers and Joann Peterson; and many nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herman in 1987; sister, Marguerite (Dale) Cannedy; brothers, Leonard, Donald, Milan and Benhart Meyers; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alfred and Sabiena Weckwerth, Walter and Marion Weckwerth, Ed and Frieda Otto and Albert and Anna Dittmer.