Helen Walth was great mom
Funeral services for Helen Walth, 76, of Mobridge, were held Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at New Freedom Baptist Church.
Burial was Monday, Feb. 11, at Black Hills National Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Helen passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at her home in Mobridge.
Helen was born June 1, 1936, to August and Christine (Linderman) Klingman on the farm six miles west of Isabel. When in the first grade, the family moved to within one-quarter mile of the school, one mile farther west. She attended Center School until Thanksgiving weekend in the fifth grade. They then moved within one-half mile of Isabel where Helen attended school in town, graduating from Isabel High School with the Class of 1954.
After graduation, Helen went to Mobridge to seek employment. Marvin Walth had been an employee at the Red Owl store and had been in a car accident the weekend before, so there was an opening at the store and Helen was hired. The store closed in 1955 and Helen went to work for Leo E. Schirber, Inc., the Ford dealer. It was at the Red Owl store where Helen met Marvin, as he came back to work in the fall of 1954 after recuperating for several months as a result of the accident.
Helen and Marvin got married in 1959. In 1962, she went back to work for J.C. Penney’s. In 1967, they adopted a son, whom they named Larry. Helen quit work to be a stay-at-home mom, but helped out at Penney’s when needed. Helen then went to work for Coca-Cola, where she was employed for 15 years, until they sold out. She then went to work for Homestead Lumber, part time, then to Cardinal Plastics until they closed.
Helen was active in the Northern Oahe Historical Society and at one time held every office within the organization. She helped in putting together the Diamond Jubilee History Book and was involved in the state’s Centennial Celebration in Mobridge. She was involved in the Mobridge Chapter of AARP and had been actively involved in her church. She taught Sunday school, was church treasurer, taught children’s church and sang in the choir, as well as other special music.
Helen loved to garden and can the produce from her garden. She loved to start her own plants and even mix her own starting soil. She also loved to cook, bake, try new recipes and make up some of her own. She often cooked German foods, just so she wouldn’t forget and the art would not be lost. Helen was a great mom and grandmother to her family, and was still called Mom by most of Larry’s friends. Helen had a special bond with her daughter-in-law Judy, and Larry was the apple of her eye. John Stover and Steve Schneider are considered her children.
Helen is survived by one son, Larry and his wife Judy; three grandchildren, Travis (Danielle) Johnston, Amy (Zach) Kirkwood and Amanda (Bill) Arbeson; eight great-grandchildren, Brittany, Kelsie, Cameron, Derek, Cooper, Bella, Lexus and Hannah; two sisters, Esther Lipp of Rapid City and Bertha Delp of Dalton, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; her father when she was a small child; her mother, Christina; sisters, Edna, Alman and Elvina; and brothers, Ed, John and Oscar and two in infancy.
Donations may be given to the Mobridge Ambulance for a stair chair or to New Freedom Baptist Church for a steeple.