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Helen C. Vaske

December 27, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Helen C. Vaske, 91, of Edgewood, Iowa, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Mass of Resurrection is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Edgewood. Visitation is 3 - 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood and also after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Interment at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Greeley, Iowa.

Casketbearers are Dennis Vaske, Jeremy Vaske, Brian Turnis, Phil Knipper, Chad Steffen and Justin Vaske.

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Helen C. Vaske

Helen was born December 21, 1921, in Greeley, Iowa, the daughter of Bernard "Ben" and Margaret (Klosterman) Funke. She was raised and attended school in Greeley.

On May 27, 1941, Helen was united in marriage to Paul W. Vaske, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Greeley. Seven children were born to this union.They farmed west of Greeley for 40 years, until they moved to town in November, 1980. After living in Greeley, Helen moved to Yankee Settlement in Edgewood for a couple of years. She recently resided at Lincolnwood Assisted Living in Edgewood.

Helen was a past member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Greeley. She loved to play cards and quilt. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her most prized possession.

Survivors include five children, Jerry (Terri) Vaske of Tama, Verna Turnis of DeWitt, Janice (Dennis) Knipper of Greeley, Donna (Mike) Steffen of Earlville and Duane (Melanie) Vaske of Pella; daughter-in-law, Verna Vaske of Plano, Texas; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Charolette Mensen of Manchestser; Esther Lechtenberg and Margie Reinert both of Edgewood.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; two sons, Elmer in infancy and Ambrose Vaske; one son-in-law, Bill Turnis; three brothers, Ralph, Art, and Ed Funke; and one sister, Irene Mensen.

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