Helen Deppiesse

Helen Deppiesse, 87, formerly of Random Lake and West Bend, passed away while surrounded by her family early Monday morning, Jan. 4, 2010, at Cedar Lake Health & Rehabilitation Center, where she had been residing for the last few years.

Helen was born on Feb. 20, 1922, in Port Washington, daughter of Henry and Mary Welter Bittner. As a young girl, Helen taught herself to play piano, accordion and harmonica. She played in local polka bands, frequently at Weiler’s Ballroom and would eventually meet her future husband there. She was united in marriage with Martin Deppiesse at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lake Church on Nov. 9, 1946. The couple lived in Random Lake and Martin preceded her in death in 1980. Helen had worked for 35 years as a waitress and cook at the Midway Restaurant in Random Lake. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, as well as a member of the Christian Women’s and Catholic Foresters. She enjoyed baking and was well known for her apple kuchen. Family was very important to Helen and she loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her grandkids will have many fond memories of coming home to the smell of apple pie, fresh from the oven, when grandma was over for a visit.

Helen is survived by her four children, Robert (Bev) Deppiesse of Random Lake, Jane (Michael) Jungers of West Bend, Jean Preisler of Campbellsport and Cindy (Dave) Katt of West Bend. She is further survived by 12 grandchildren, Wendi, Tammy, Penny, Crystal, Brenda, Bonnie, Jason, Jeff, Joe, Justin, Josh and Ashley; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred (Killian) Bode of Port Washington, Marie Weyker of Grafton and Theresa (Earl) Oelhafen of Cedar Grove. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Ginny Bittner of Lake Church, Valeria Bittner of Port Washington and Jean Karrels of Leesburg, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin; four brothers, Ervin, Donald, Wilburt and Leroy Bittner; and her sister, Estella Eischen.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at Our Lady of the Lakes, St. Mary’s Chapel, 230 Butler St., Random Lake. The Rev. Richard Cerpich will officiate. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in the parish cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the church on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Lakes Parish or the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff in Cove 2 at Cedar Lake Home for the special care of their mom.

The Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.