Helen M. Freidhof

helen freidhof
Helen M. Freidhof, age 93 of New Hampton, IA passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Helen M. Freidhof was born on April 27, 1922, in Ossian, IA, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Moellers) Zweibohmer. She attended St. Francis De Sales in Ossian. Upon completing her education she became a nanny for families in the area. On April 3, 1945, Helen was united in marriage to Adrian J. Freidhof at St. Francis De Sales in Ossian. The couple made their home on the family farm in rural Alta Vista, where they raised their eight children; Dorothy, Carol, Duane, Joyce, Marlene, Henry, Donna and Darryl. When Helen and Adrian retired in 1989 they moved to New Hampton. Helen belonged to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Mercy Medical Auxiliary. She was a member of Holy Family Parish. Helen enjoyed spending her time delivering Meals on Wheels with Adrian, playing cards, sewing, gardening and traveling. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Helen is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Adrian Freidhof of New Hampton; her children, Dorothy (Don) Link of Davenport, IA, Carol (Jim) Fangman of Cameron, WI, Joyce Zeliadt (Bob Runge) of Des Moines, IA, Marlene (Tom) LaMotte of Wyoming, MN, Donna (Jim) Rosonke of New Hampton and Darryl (Tammy) Freidhof of Storm Lake, IA; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sons, Duane and Henry; one granddaughter, Kaitlyn; her brothers, Gustave, Felix, Hugo, Hubert, Alphonse and Aloysius Zweibohmer; sisters, Marie Bullerman; Josephine Bullerman, Elizabeth Rust and Rita Timp.

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  1. Ade and family: Jim and I extend our sympathy to each of you. Since learning of Helen’s passing, memories of the family’s farm have been running through my head. I find that I can mentally walk through each room of your house–from the boys’ bedroom at the top of the stairs with the train set tucked under bed, to the wood box in the kitchen (which I might have helped to fill a time or two), to the swingset located near the driveway and to the playhouse located in the backyard (of which I was eternally jealous). Henry and I were frequent companions throughout grade school, biking across the two miles of gravel to work on school projects, play softball or just to mess around. Helen ensured the kitchen table was always a welcoming spot–whether to play board games with the cousins, a game of cards, or for a meal. As my godparents, Helen and Ade gifted me with a small red suitcase, which became a favorite childhood possession. And on the occasion of our wedding, a beautiful lamp. During a dance that evening, Ade shared a lovely story about the two of them shopping for and selecting the lamp, coupled with words of wisdom about marriage. I am confident Henry and Duane ensured that Helen’s heavenly welcome was filled with hugs and celebration! Aunt Helen, your family is a living testament to your love and dedication to family! Linda (Zweibohmer) and Jim Kobliska

  2. Ade, Donna, and family, So sorry to hear of of Helen’s passing. Thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Dear Adrian, Donna and all the family, keeping you all wrapped in my prayers as you celebrate the beautiful life of Helen. May the peace of Christ be with you during this time.

  4. Dear Adrian, Donna and family: I am very sad to hear the passing of your wife, Adrian and Donna, the loss of your mother. Your parents are such beautiful people and caring of each other. You will be in my prayers. Sharon Trewin

  5. Dear Uncle Ade, cousins Dorothy, Carol, Joyce, Marlene, Donna & Darryl & extended family:
    May you all feel peace and comfort. I have many fond memories of my Aunt Helen. I was blessed at a very young age to personally witness the great love your parents had for each other when I would stay with them & help as some of you were newborns. What great role models they were!
    Just know there is a big Zweibohmer Reunion taking place!
    Love & prayers, Marlys (Zweibohmer) & John Recker

  6. My prayers and sympathy go out to all of you at this time. God has gained another special angel in heaven. Jim shared many of the great memories he had growing up with you as neighbors to his folks.

  7. Uncle Adrian, Dorothy, Carol, Joyce, Marlene and Donna -you and your families are in my thoughts as you gather to celebrate the life of my dear godmother Helen. I always thought I had a special claim to her because she was my godmother! Loved the time Adrian and Helen came to visit us in Chanhassen, MN. I have happy memories of the week I got to spend with the Freidhofs when I was an adolescent – even though I did get homesick towards the end! I have been blessed to know her and to have all of you in my life.

  8. Ade and family,
    Our sympathy to all of the family. Thoughts and prayers for all.
    Louise and Donn Harris

  9. Adrian and family, you have our deepest sympathy . You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Duane and Marlys Hackman

  10. Sincere sympathy to Adrian and family! Many fond memories with my folks as good friends and neighbors .

  11. Jim, Donna, and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Hold your special memories close to your heart. Will be thinking of all of you during this hard time. With deepest sympathy, Jeff and Pat Sommerlot,

  12. Being from Alta Vista and seeing Helen and her entire family was a staple of life. She was a great woman and I pray her family has fond memories of her. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jeanne Roder

  13. Donna and Family. So sorry for the loss of your mother. Always smile when you think of your mom and keep close all the special memories you have. You and your family are in our prayers. I can still remember where your family sat every week in church at Alta Vista. Deepest sympathy, Scott and Lynn (Grober) Felder.

  14. Our thoughts and prayers with sympathies to Adrian and family. Always enjoyed visiting with Helen along with Adrian. She was a special lady.

  15. No heart breaks alone for God is always near. When a prayer is whispered God is always there to hear. When sorrow’s overwhelming, He comforts tenderly. A single tear never falls that he does not hear.(Psalms 65:2) Sorry for your loss.

  16. Helen was a good friend to my Mom, Mila Mae Meyer.
    Deepest Sympathy to the family. From, Mary Jo Love. Colorado Springs, Colo.

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