In Memory of

Helen Fredericksen

March 22, 1928 - March 23, 2013
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.
It was Helen's wish to be cremated. The family is planning private services at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at 203 S. 9th St., Cherokee, IA 51012..


Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Paul Jr. and Judy,
Don Bringle recently informed me of your loss.
When I think of your Mom, I think of the time she arrived in Waukee, knocked on our Mother's door and simply told her she was moving in to help care for Mom as she battled cancer. Further more, she told Mom there was not a thing Faye could say to change her mind. Doesn't that sound like your Mom? Helen understood the need for additional help and more importantly, Mom's need for emotional support.
I am not certain if you were aware of the role Helen played in Mom's last few weeks but we certainly owe your Mom a great debt of gratitude. We will keep you in our thoughts.

Dallas Hakeman”
- Dallas Hakeman
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