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Helen Erb

Helen Erb

Tuesday, October 26th, 1920 - Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
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Private family graveside services for Helen Erb age 99 of Pender, NE will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at the Wakefield Cemetery in Wakefield, NE. Minnick Funeral Home in West Point is assisting with the arrangements.

Helen passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at the Pender Community Hospital.

Helen Anna Erb was born on October 26, 1920 in Beemer, NE to Menno and Mary (Grieser) Erb. She was baptized at the Plum Creek Mennonite Church, rural Beemer, NE. Helen graduated from Beemer High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Wayne State College.

In 1947, Helen moved to Sacramento, CA and began working as a claims adjuster for the Cal West Insurance Company. While in California, Helen was a member of the Fremont Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA. She retired in 1982 and returned to Wakefield, NE to care for her mother and attended the Beemer Mennonite Church.

Helen loved spending time with family and enjoyed sewing and painting.

Survivors include-
Brother-Gene Erb of Wakefield, NE
Nieces and nephews-
Dan and Karla Niemeyer of Bancroft, NE and family
Julie and Robert Keoppel of Eureka, CA and family
Joni and Jono Kline of Omaha, NE and family
Lana and Doug Otto of Lincoln, NE and family
Jason and Denise Erb of Wakefield, NE and family

Helen was preceded in death by her parents-Menno and Mary Erb, sister-Pat and husband Vern Niemeyer, and sister-in-law- Mary Lou Erb.
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    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 2:00am
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 2:00am
    Wakefield Cemetery
    412 7th St.
    Wakefield, NE 68784
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Robert and Julie

Posted at 08:27am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending hugs to all of you.
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Julie Koeppel

Posted at 06:45pm
Helen was a special person who lived her faith everyday. She was so generous and always put others first. Helen loved and cared for probably more than three generations of children, including my children. For several years, she took care of my kids while I was at work. One day when our son, James was about two years old, he yelled out, “Plinko”. I had no idea what he was talking about. I learned later, that it was from The Price is Right; a game show that he watched with Helen in the afternoons.

Helen enjoyed photography, painting, sewing and sweets. Oh how she loved desserts. When I’d bake brownies or cakes, Helen just couldn’t wait, she’d say ‘just a taste’ and cut a little piece from one of the corners. to cakes with missing corners

Helen taught me how to sew, alter patterns and match fabric designs. It’s a skill I still enjoy. Helen was an amazing seamstress and a very patient teacher. She sewed most of her work clothes because she wanted them to fit perfectly. Store bought skirts didn’t have the custom fit and attention to detail she liked. I remember that she would never sew on a Sunday. She’d laugh and say, if you sew on a Sunday, you’ll have to take the stitches out with your nose in heaven.

One Christmas, Helen gave me a diary. On New Year’s Day, the first day to use my new diary, I was complaining that I didn’t have anything special to write about. Helen dropped what she was doing and said, let’s go to a movie. It was a simple little thing, but over 50 years later i remember that she made the day special. That’s what Helen did. She made things special!

MaryAnn Novak

Posted at 11:47pm
Helen was a joy and I will always keep precious memories of her close to heart. The memory I would like to share is that we would sing "off we go into the wild blue yonder flying high into the sky" and at same time we both forgot the rest of the words. we would laugh every time cause we never could finish the song. Her laugh is sweet and made everyone's day. Thank you for sharing this wonderful woman.💕

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