Helen Gewerth

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Helen GewerthHelen Mae Gewerth age 92 of Morton passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center in Redwood Falls while surrounded by her family.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 pm Tuesday at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls.  A rosary service and prayer service will be held at 4:00 pm Tuesday.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.  Interment is in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Helen was born April 19, 1925 on the family farm near Belview to George & Cora (Adsit) Kohls.  She graduated from Belview High School in 1944.  On April 29, 1947, Helen was united in marriage to Joseph Gewerth at St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton.  Together the couple farmed Southeast of Morton for 49 years.  They also enjoyed travelling around the world.  Helen also began working at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan in the 1970’s.  She retired in December 1985.  In 2006, Helen moved to Morgan and later to Redwood Falls.  Helen was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church where she was a member of the CCW, served as secretary, and sang in the church choir.  She held the position of secretary of the VFW, and was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary in Morgan and Redwood Falls.  Helen served as an adult leader of the Golden Gopher 4H club, and was also a member of the neighborhood Chatter Club.  She was also the mascot for the local Cootie Club.  In her earlier years, Helen enjoyed canning.  She enjoyed baking and taught her family how to bake.  She was famous for her handmade rolls.  Helen loved being outdoors, spending time by the creek and feeding the birds.  In her spare time, she liked to crochet, embroider and cross stitch.

Helen is survived by her children: Joseph Jr (Maria) Gewerth of Virginia Beach, VA, Jean (Gene) Hillesheim of Morton, Steve (Cindy) Gewerth of Springfield, David Gewerth (special friend Donna) of Morton, George (Nancy) Gewerth of Hutchinson, Robert (Susan) Gewerth of Morgan, Theresa (Mark) Nelsen of Sunburg, Richard (Cheryl) Gewerth of Morton and Scott Gewerth of Willmar; 28 grandchildren; 55 great grandchildren; 19 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law Evelyn Gewerth of Morton; cousins Florence and Inez Kohls both of Belview; and many other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Joseph, grandsons Shawn Gewerth and Emmanuel Gewerth, brother Donald, sister Marjori Byram, sisters-in-law: Claudine Kohls, Betty Elg, Mary Lou Bailey, Leona Gewerth; and brothers-in-law: Pete Byram, Alvin Gewerth, Donald Gewerth and Ken Elg.

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  1. Harriett Cornwell says:

    Dick, you and your family have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom, we enjoyed visiting with her.

  2. Judy (Guggisberg) Lentz says:

    Sorry to see that Helen passed away our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time May you find comfort in knowing she is with her Lord and Savior. Our deepest sympathy Marvin and Judy Lentz

  3. Mary Brown says:

    Sending special prayers for entire family; many of my greatest childhood memories are those at the Gewerth farm. The welcome wagon was always filled with Aunt Helen’s special laugh and giving heart. Sorry I cannot make it to the services but know that I will be sharing in the family’s prayers. Hugs to all.

  4. Andrew Muller says:

    Where to start. This is likely going to be long. First, I apologize to all friends and family that I am unable to make it. I will not go into the details because I want to talk more about Grandma Gewerth than myself. Here are the things I remember most about Grandma. I remember her cooking. I remember her telling me how she had to chase after one of my tents I had brought with me during a visit. A storm showed up and ripped it from the ground and that spry, energetic lady chased, CHASED that thing down and drug it into a barn in that storm! I remember her laughter and her disbelief I put a half dozen puzzles together, each in less than 7 minutes, and made me do it again. I remember her calming Adam and I because somehow we managed to start one of the tractors and none of could figure out how to shut it off. Beyond all of that, what I remember the most is her passion, caring, and desire to see a mistake undone and a father and son reunited. I still remember the day when she asked me if I wanted to see my father. The look on her face as she asked was of sheer determination, conviction, and love. My life and my personality is the type where I forget to stay in touch and I do have many regrets, but I never once regret the precious time that I did have with Grandma Gewerth. God rest your soul and rest in peace, Grandma. I will never forget you and you will always be in my life and memories.

  5. Randy & Ellen Picka says:

    Our sincere condolences go out to Helen’s family. She will be in our prayers.

  6. Sandy Larsen says:

    My Deepest sympathy to all the family. My prayers are with you even though I cannot be there. Many fond memories of Helen. She was a worker and enjoyed life.

  7. Jay Whitehead says:

    Joe G I am so sorry for your loss of your Mother.
    I will keep you and your family in my prayers .Jay
    Whitehead

  8. Bill & Karen Sittig says:

    Joe, so sorry for the loss of your mother. Mothers play a very special part in our lives. Will be praying for you and entire family.

  9. Merwin (Al) Yount says:

    Joe G. sorry to hear that your mother passed. Now she is free from pain & suffering & has no more worries from this world. My thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family. Celebrate her life & remember all the wonderful great times you had together. She can’t come back to you but you can go to her if you have that right relationship with God. Be safe & return to us safe during your travels.

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