Helen Marie (Wetherell) Fredericksen, the daughter of Ralph and Ila (Claybaugh) Wetherell, was born in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 22, 1928. She attended school in Newell and Sulphur Springs, Iowa. After her children were older, she graduated from nursing school, and worked as an LPN in the hospital and in nursing homes.
Helen enjoyed her days working as a nurse, as well as cooking, quilting and playing cards with the 500 Club in Newell. She passed away at Careage Hills Nursing Home in Cherokee, Iowa, on Saturday, March 23, 2013, just one day after her 85th birthday. She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Clifford (and Ruby), Charles "Chuck", Richard "Dick", Burton "Butch" (and Marilyn), Glenn (and Noreen), and Paul; five sisters, Marge (Dale) Dicks, Carol Culp, Darlene Wetherell, Mary Katherine Wetherell, Phyllis (Darold) Brown; and a brother-in-law, Larry Hervey.
She is survived by her son Paul Fredericksen, Jr. and his wife Jan of Ankeny, Iowa, her daughter Judy Fredericksen of Cherokee, Iowa; five grandchildren, Kara (Don) Toedtli, Scott Ellwanger, Brandon (Nicole) Fredericksen, Nicole (Ken) Giddens, Matt (Lindsey) Fredericksen; four great-grandchildren, Samantha, Sophia, Gavin and Ashley; her siblings, Dale (Rose) Wetherell, Bill (Connie) Wetherell, Dennis (Fay) Wetherell, Bernice (Harold) Heschke, Sharron-Hawkins-Hervey, Shirley (George) Francis; sisters-in-law Carol Wetherell, Sophie Wetherell, Erla Wetherell; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many special friends.