April 23, 1910 – Nov. 28, 2010
Helen E. Alyea, 100, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at Brighton Gardens in
Wheaton, Ill. She was born April 23, 1910, to Nels and Betty (nee
Anderson) Johnson in New York City.
Helen grew up in North Dakota and, after earning her degree in education
from Jamestown College in 1931, she taught in North Dakota for six years.
In December of 1937, she married Harold W. Alyea in San Benito, Texas.
While in Texas, she was a teacher and then she was with her husband
through his job transfers to Cincinnati, Ohio, and then to Milwaukee. When
she came to Wisconsin, she continued as an educator and was a substitute
teacher at the Waukesha public schools, where she was very dedicated to
students with special needs. She owned The Fabric Shop in Genesee Depot
and was a former member of St. John Lutheran Church in North Prairie.
She will be missed by her children, Fredric (Charlotte) Alyea of Dunwoody,
Ga., John "Jack" (Laurel) Alyea of San Carlos, Calif., James
(Jean) Alyea of Wheaton, Marian (Chuck) Schmoller of Marshfield and Robert
(Jaclyn) Alyea of Germantown; and grandchildren, Stefanie Alyea of
Wheaton, Rebecca (Jim) Gill of Seattle, Scott Schmoller of Milwaukee,
Brianne Schmoller of Sun Prairie, Brian (Lisa) Alyea of Cumming, Ga., and
Kristin (Dr. John) Epstein of Princeton Junction, N.J. She is further
survived by her five great-grandchildren, James, Fredric, Lauren, Isabella
and Madeline, and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold Alyea, in 1972;
her daughter, Betty Alyea, in 2006; her brother, Walter Johnson; her
sister, Esther Johnson; and her lifelong friend, Jeanette Olson.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral service
Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave.,
Waukesha. Graveside services will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Communities, c/o Development
Department, 600 Hoffmann Drive, Watertown, WI 53094.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and
Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to
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