Helen F. Ries

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Helen F. Ries, age 90, of Elma, IA, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Colonial Manor in Elma. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating the mass. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to mass on Saturday. Burial will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Online condolences for Helen’s family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Conway-Markham Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Helen Frances Ries was born on March 5, 1929 on the family farm near Lourdes, Iowa to Vincent “Jim” and Marie Roucka. Helen attended school at Lourdes. After completing her education she helped on the farm. It was while she was working on the farm, she met her future husband, Harold Ries at the Elma Coop and Creamery. The couple was united in marriage on November 24, 1954 at Our Lady of Lourdes. The couple made their home near Elma where they farmed side by side until Harold’s death on September 28, 1988. Helen enjoyed gardening, canning and working hard on the farm. She also found time to enjoy reading, especially Westerns and watching Classic Westerns on T.V. Helen’s greatest love was caring for her cow/calf herd until moving to Colonial Manor in 2014. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Elma and active with the Rosary Society. Helen is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Harold in 1988 and Brother, Wilfred in 1986.

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  1. I remember Helen from living across the road from her Prayers to all the family and may god grant her peace and perpetual light shine on her sympathy to all the family and sending prayers to you all, Mary Jean Jacoby Cartney

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