Helen Marie Wendland, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, passed away at the age of 78 years in the Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Nebraska. She was born in Gosper county, NE to Oscar & Elsie (Monter) Wendland on July 15, 1931.
She was baptized on July 26, 1931 at Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Arapahoe. She attended Immanuel Lutheran elementary school and was confirmed on May 27th, 1945. She then finished her high school education at Arapahoe High School & graduated with the class of 1949. On September 4th, 1949 she married Victor Wendland, & to this blessed union was born five daughters.
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cambridge, NE since 1952. Helen was a very active member in her church & in her community. She clerked the Village of Holbrook board meetings until her retirement at the age of 70. She worked part-time at the State Farm Insurance office in Arapahoe, Cambridge & McCook, NE until she retired. She had many interests & hobbies including family, fishing, gardening, quilting, and bowling. She lived in the Holbrook community until her health declined. She chose to move to Good Samaritan Assisted Living & then to the nursing home in Arapahoe, NE. She was known to the nieces & nephews as "Aunt Boots!" Her family always came first, and she never turned down a game of cards or a loving hug from family & friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Elsie Wendland; her husband, Victor Wendland; and sisters, Eunice Paxton, Eleanor Shelor, Glenva Wendland and a brother Glen Wendland.
She leaves to mourn her 5 daughters: Vicky and husband Larry Warner of Funk, Nebraska
Teresa and husband Neal Meyers of Holbrook, Nebraska
Kathy and husband Ric Meyers of Holbrook, Nebraska
Lana and husband Steve Hilker of Arapahoe, Nebraska
Ida & husband Keith Soncksen of Arapahoe, Nebraska
Grandchildren: 14, Great-grandchildren: 22, Great-Great grandchild: 1,
Sister-in-law, Helene Dickmeyer of Arapahoe
and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing & visitation will be Wednesday, March 17, from 9 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home, in Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 18, at 2 PM at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Nebraska with Vicar James Moshier, officiating. Burial will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home, of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.