Helen Marie Benda, 85, of Toledo passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, 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 on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama with a vigil service at 7 p.m.
Helen was born on August 4, 1928 in Cresco, the daughter of Oliver and Regina (Makepeace) Benson. She graduated from Cresco High School. After graduation she became a switchboard operator at the Marshalltown Hospital. She was united in marriage to John V. Benda on Sept. 30, 1950 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waterloo. Helen was a homemaker on the Benda family farm northeast of Toledo, moving into Toledo after John's death. Later due to ill health, she moved to Carrington Place of Toledo. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, and running the hay bailer. Helen especially enjoyed welcoming family and friends into her home and serving meals to them. Her specialties were kolaches and cinnamon rolls. Helen also did finish work on John's many woodworking projects. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family. Helen was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama and the CCW.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, John V. Benda on March 26, 1998; a sister, Ella Jiminez; a brother-in-law, Cyril Benda; and two sisters-in-law, Hilda Zmolek and Martha Strachota.
Helen Marie Benda
Survivors include six children, Pat (Mary K.) Benda of Macomb, Ill., Tim (Gail) Benda of Ionia, Mich., Conni Benda of Woodward, Judy (Tom) Kopriva of Clutier, Larry (Sandy) Benda of Webster City, and Tom (Theresa) Benda of Pine Island, Minn.; seven grandchildren, David Benda, Grant Benda, Paula (Justin) Messner, Anthony Kopriva, Pete Kopriva, Ashley Benda, and Greg Benda; three great-grandchildren, Camden, Adrian and Taylor Messner; two brothers, Bob (Monique) Benson of Williamsburg, Va., and Ben Benson of Cedar Falls; two sisters-in-law, Marcy Parker of Sun Lakes, Az., and Sr. Ludmilla Benda of Davenport; a brother-in-law, Leo Benda of Cedar Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to Iowa River Hospice.