Helen Wied, age 92, peacefully passed away in the presence of her loving family at her residence on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
Helen was born on September 1, 1920, in the Township of Mukwa (Waupaca County) second daughter of the late Leonard F. and Erma (Marasch) Rohloff. On October 8, 1949, she was united in marriage to Llewellyn Wied. They lived in the Township of Maple Creek for the next 54 years. In 2003, they moved to Appleton to live with their children, Susie and Mike McCoy. In 2005, Llewellyn preceded Helen in death. Helen continued to make her home with them while enjoying frequent visits with all her children and grandchildren. Second only to her faith and love of God, was Helen’s love of her family. Helen remained an integral part of her children and grandchildren’s lives. Her mind was sharp and her heart was big. She was the type of person anyone would be proud to call their Mother or Grandmother. She took great pleasure in telling everyone that her great-granddaughter, Erica Helen called her “Mimi.” Until Helen’s recent illness this month, she enjoyed reading all types of books and averaged at least four a week. The chronic pain which limited Helen’s mobility did not prevent her from frequent rides on her stationary bike. She and Llewellyn had numerous old cars and for many years had been active members of the Waupaca Old Time Auto Club. As much as they enjoyed the old cars together, Dad was never able to get Mom to join him when he was flying his plane.
Helen is survived by three children: son, Dale (Marlene) Timm, Appleton; daughter, Susie (Mike, who selflessly placed Mom & Dad’s needs before his own) McCoy, Appleton; and daughter, Penny (Rod) Navrestad, Little Chute. Six grandchildren: Ann (Steve) Penkala, Neenah; Michelle (Luke) Coffey, Appleton; twin grandsons-Jason and James McCoy, Appleton; Lucas Navrestad, Eau Claire; Josie Navrestad, Little Chute; three great-grandchildren: Ross Penkala, Boston, MA; Drew Penkala, La Crosse; and Erica Helen Coffey, Appleton. She is further survived by a special nephew, Leon (Karen) Sasse, New London and sisters-in-law: Bernice Young, New London and Frances Schneiderwendt, Neenah. In addition to Llewellyn she was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Lucille (Luis) Sasse and Alice (Roy) Huettl; sisters and brothers-in-law: Willard (Mable) Wied, Peter (Gloria) Wied, Sylvia (Winfred) Knudsen, Valeria (Gene) Fletcher, Marion Lindeman, and Lloyd Young, and Morbe Schneiderwendt.
Funeral services for Helen will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Sugar Bush with Rev. Preston T. Heuer officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in the Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Lebanon. The family was blessed with her kindness and generosity. Until we meet again, we will carry you in our hearts. Assisting the family is Cline & Hanson Funeral Home, New London, www.clinehansonfuneralhome.com