Irene Rose Heltemes

Irene Rose Heltemes, nee Hassa, 87, formerly of Campbells-port, passed away Sunday evening March 4, 2007 at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend. She had been a resident there for the past six years.

Irene was born on Sept. 9, 1919 in Leaf River Township of Wadena County, Minn. to Leo and Josephine Schwartz Has-sa, and attended school in that township.

On Feb. 9, 1941 she was united in marriage to Louie Heltemes. They moved their family to Wisconsin in 1952.

Irene was a homemaker and mother for many years before working at the West Bend Co. and retiring from there in 1981.

She was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Campbellsport.

Irene enjoyed many years of sewing and making quilts for the Missions. Her favorite pastimes were crocheting and sewing.

Survivors include her six children, Gene (Betty) Heltemes of Eden, Arlene (Harold) Nothem of Kewaskum, Janice (Gary) Grahl of Clintonville, Ann (Dennis) Dornfeld of Waupaca, Barbara (Terry) Erickson of Machesney Park, Ill. and Kristine (Todd) Timm of Oshkosh; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; a sister Dorothy Kopischke of Bemidji, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Hassa of Clarissa, Minn. and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Irene was preceded in death by her former husband; her parents; a son-in-law, Jerome Karoses; a granddaughter, Julie Grahl; a sister Eva Imdieke; a brother, Paul Hassa; and brothers-in-law, Edward Kopischke and Joseph Imdieke.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Campbellsport.

Rev. Neil Zinthefer will officiate and burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from noon until the time of Mass at the church.

Memorials may be directed to St. Matthew’s Interior Renovation Fund.

The Twohig Funeral Home, Campbellsport, is serving the family.

The family wishes to express their thanks to all the staff at the Samaritan Health Center for the loving care given to their mother over the years.