Helen Mary Ensslin

June 30, 1913 - Feb. 28, 2006

Helen Mary Ensslin, 92, of Rhinelander, formerly of Rib Lake, the town of Spirit and also Whitewater, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, at the Josephine Haus in Rhinelander. Helen was born June 30, 1913, to William & Mary (nee Gannon) Schwartz in Mukwonago.

She attended grade school in Waukesha and was a 1931 graduate of Waukesha High School. In 1941, Helen attended Milwaukee Co. School of Nursing, graduating in 1944. She was employed by Milwaukee County Hospital and later with Waukesha Memorial Hospital. On March 5, 1949, Helen was married to Otto Ensslin at Waukesha United Methodist Church. The couple moved to Whitewater in 1969, then to Spirit Lake in the town of Spirit in 1980, living there until 1995, when they moved to Rib Lake. In 2002, Helen moved to Rhinelander to be closer to her daughter. Helen and Otto, while living in Waukesha, started a support group called The Association for Retarded People, which was for parents of mentally disabled children. They also were instrumental in the formation and building of St. Phillip Episcopal Chapel in Waukesha. Helen and Otto, along with Neal and Isabel Olkives, began the Spirit Lakes Improvement Association. Helen enjoyed fishing with Otto for many years, being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially playing games with them. She also enjoyed dancing and listening to jazz music.

She is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Patricia Paris of Whitewater and Kathleen (Dennis) Flynn of Rhinelander; four grandchildren, Lynn (Neil) Baron Sr., Nellie Trewyn, Shawn Flynn and Tara (Daniel) Patredge; four great-grandchildren, William Baron, Hailee Redenius and Morgan and Ellery Patredge; and one sister and brother-in-law, Virginia (Leif) Holm of Waukesha. Also surviving are nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Otto Ensslin, in 1997; son, Robert Ensslin, in 1968; sister, Marian (Joseph) Bartos; brother, Jack Schwartz; and son-in-law, William Paris.

Visitation will be held from noon until the 1 p.m. funeral Mass on Friday, March 3, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 111 E. Main St., Waukesha, with the Rev. Thomas Barnett officiating. Pallbearers will be Shawn Flynn, Dan Patredge, Eric Holm, Greg Holm, Joe Bartos and Jim Bartos. Interment will be at Highland Memorial Park in New Berlin.

For more information, call the Dallmann-Kniewel Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake at (715) 427-5465.