Helen A. (Mrs. Robert) Soenksen, 99, of DeWitt, Iowa, died Friday morning, August 14, 2020, at Wheatland Manor.
Helen, the former Helen Alice Wall was born April 5, 1921, in Sabula the daughter of the late Frank and Aldie (Hill) Wall. She graduated from Sabula High School in 1938. Helen attended Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She taught at a small country school south of Sabula and substitute taught at Spragueville School. Helen worked later at Clinton Garment Factory. She met Bob Soenksen at a dance and they were married February 1, 1942, at Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt. Helen and Bob continued to dance during their entire lives, including square dancing. They resided in DeWitt, moved to Low Moor and returned to DeWitt in 1960. Bob preceded Helen in death March 24, 1994.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of DeWitt. There Helen taught Sunday School and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She especially enjoyed being involved with "Secret Sisters" gift exchanges both as a giver and a receiver. Helen was a member of Eastern Star. She was an avid card player, especially of 500 and Euchre. Helen sold Avon for over 45 years. She dearly loved her Avon customers. They were one of the greatest joys of her life.
Surviving are children, Carol (James) Bice of DeWitt, Patty (Don Batchelder) Bennett of Ridgway, Colorado, and Alan "Butch" (Shari) Soenksen of DeWitt; grandchildren, Shawn (Linda) Olson, Kyle (Theresa) Olson, Dana (Coleen) Olson, Colin (Stephanie) Bennett, Kelsey (Ballard) Boyd and Chad (Kristi Halpin) Soenksen; seven great-grandchildren and eleven great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding Helen in death were a great-grandson, Joshua Olson; a sister, Florence House; twin sisters, Bernetta Haines and Berdetta Papke and a brother, Glen Wall.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt from 9:00 until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2020. A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery.
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