Helen M. Ripplinger, 89
March 24, 1925 -- Jan. 8, 2015

Helen M. Ruplinger nee HerrigesHelen M. Ruplinger nee Herriges, 89, of the town of Wayne, entered eternal life on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the town of Polk. She was born on March 24, 1925, in St. Michaels, the daughter of the late Alois and Florence (Schneider) Herriges, and on Oct. 24, 1945, she was united in marriage to Joseph Ruplinger Jr. at St. Kilian Catholic Church in St. Kilian. Joseph preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 2004. They are now dancing the polka together in heaven.

Helen had a passion for cleaning and her home was always spotless. She cleaned for many years for the priests at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, including the Rev. John Brophy, the Rev. Mark Jones and the Rev. Ed Kornath.

Helen was well known for her wonderful butter horns and her large garden, which was always weed-free. She also made many quilts for her children and grandchildren and her crochet slippers were much coveted. You knew you were “in the family” when you received a pair of slippers for Christmas.

Those Helen leaves behind to cherish her memory include three children, Eileen German (Mike Hoeft) of West Bend, Mary (Charles) Boegel of Kewaskum and Bob “Murphy” (Bonnie) Ruplinger of the town of Wayne; six grandchildren, Julie (C.J.) Krawczyk of Milwaukee, Hayley (Thayer) Fisher of Seattle, Jesse and Keith Boegel, both of Cedarburg, and Kyle and Ryan Ruplinger, both of the town of Wayne; a great-grandchild, Helen Fisher; three brothers, Raynor Herriges of Kewaskum, Leander (Mary) Herriges of the town of Wayne and Linus (Beth) Herriges of the town of Campbellsport; two sisters- in-law, Lorraine Weyer of Lomira and Florence Wagner of St. Cloud; a brother-in-law, Raymond (Rosemary) Ruplinger of St. Kilian; very special friends and neighbors Sally Retzlaff, Louie and Patty Timmers and family, Debbie Flasch and Whisper Rick; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by a brother Allen Herriges; a stepmother, Margaret (Hurth) Herriges; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Herriges and Charlotte Ruplinger; and three brothers- in-law, Elmer Ruplinger, Orville Ruplinger and Harold Ruplinger.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Helen will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with the Rev. John Brophy officiating. Burial will follow the next day, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at 10 a.m. in the parish cemetery.

The Ruplinger family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church from 4 p.m. until the time of services.

The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the Kohlsville First Responders, Kewaskum EMTs, Dr. Choudhury, Dr. Kahn and all of Helen’s caregivers at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Helen’s arrangements. Additional information may be found at www.millermartinfh.com