Helen Agnes Buresh Upah, 95, of Tama and formerly of Toledo, passed away, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Sunny Hill Care Center in Tama under the care of Iowa River Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama with Father Michael Mescher as celebrant. Interment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery in rural Toledo. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 7 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama with a 7 p.m. Vigil Service and Rosary.
Helen was born on March 31, 1916, in Chelsea, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Behounek) Kubu.
She received her education at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Chelsea.
Helen Agnes Buresh Upah
In 1936, she was united in marriage to William Buresh and they had two children, Robert and Janet. They were married until his passing 25 years later. 10 years later she married William Upah and they were married for 15 years. Helen was a homemaker. She lived in Willow Apartments for many years before moving into Sunny Hill Care Center in 2006.
Helen was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama. She was an active participant in the church and was
member of KD Lodge. She enjoyed cooking, playing cards, word puzzles and spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her two husbands, William Buresh and William Upah; her daughter-in-law, Connie Buresh; her son-in-law, Joe Venneman; two brothers Leander and George Kubu; and three sisters Martha Dunning, Mary Shoemaker and Annie Kubu.
Survivors include two children, Robert (Mary) Buresh, Tama, and Janet Venneman, Luzerne; six grandchildren, Doreen (Rodney) Hampton, Middletown, Ohio, Michael (Heidi) Buresh of Jacksonville, Fla., Sr. Joetta Venneman of Louisville, Ky., Jacqueline (Todd) Hagen, Shellsburg, Janice (Balfour) Correll, Atlanta, Ga., and Joe (Melisa) Venneman, Blairstown; seven great-grandchildren, Brian and Heather Butt, Willa and Reis Buresh, Wyatt and Noah Hagen, and Brandon Venneman; one sister, Adeline Upah, Chelsea; sisters-in-law, Wilma Kubu. Marion and Violet Dvorak, Clutier; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial fund has been established.