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Helen Deeny

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Helen Olena Deeny, age 96 of Waucoma, Iowa died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in New Hampton. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waucoma with Rev. Nick March officiating the Mass. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday February 8, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waucoma where there will be a 6:30 p.m. parish scripture service and a 3:45 rosary. Interment will be held at St. Rose Cemetery, Waucoma with Jason Larson, Braden Larson, Nathaniel Trenton, Austin Staudt, Alec Staudt and Floyd Winter serving as pallbearers. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at church on Tuesday. Helen Olena Deeny was born November 12, 1919 in Pleasant Twp. Winneshiek County, IA, the daughter of Albert and Henrietta (Osmundson) Larson. She attended Country School #9 in Decorah until the completion of 8th grade when she started high school in Ossian, IA. After graduating high school she went to Midway Hospital in St. Paul, MN to complete her nursing training. Shortly after completing her training she met the love of her life on the train, Bernard Deeny. Shortly after, the couple was married in Liberal, KS on October 22, 1944. To this union six children were born. After Bernard was honorably discharged from the service, the couple moved to Waucoma, Iowa where they spent the majority of their lives together. Helen was the bookkeeper at Deeny’s Standard Oil for many years, working along side her loving husband. Helen loved flowers and gardening. Yellow roses and pink roses were always her favorite. Along with gardening, she enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and making gooseberry jelly. Helen raised and took care of six children and they were her pride and joy. She helped them in every way that she could. Helen is survived by five children, Dennis (Sharon) Deeny of Spring Branch, TX, Paul (Connie) Deeny of Charles City, IA, Tim (Caroll) Deeny of Calmar, IA, Cindy (Mike) Henderson of Urbana, IA and Patricia (Dick Palmer) Deeny of Bloomington, MN; eleven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three special nieces, Laura (Bernard) Dreesman of Cedar Falls, IA, Diane (Steve) Guberud of Spring Grove, MN and Deborah (Dave) Catron of Orlando, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard in 2012; son, Gary in 2012; parents, Albert and Henrietta; three sisters, Ingaborg, Anna and Harriet; two brothers, Osmand and Walter.

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  1. To the families of Helen and Bernard Deeny, We last visited Helen at West Union a couple years ago. Cheerful and upbeat as ever. During our youth, have fond recollections visiting Helen and Bernard at their home on Sunday mornings after church. And the Deeny family reunions were great! Jerry and Vicki Balk, Portland, OR, and Bill and Pat Balk children

  2. I will always remember the great home made donuts that Helen made. Thank you for always treating the Larson girls as part of your family! The perfect photo – the smile before the chuckle and laugh. Love, Debbie

  3. My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the entire family of Helen. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of Loss.

  4. OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE DEENY FAMILY AT THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE HELEN. GOD BLESS YOU ALL DAVE AND MARGE MAYO 1080 KELLY DR NASHVILLE NC 27856

  5. We send our sincere sympathy to the Deeny family on the loss of such a sweet lady. We will all miss Helen.

  6. To the Deeny family, so sorry to hear about Helen. She brought lots of joy to the Speltz family. Her & Bernard were good kind people!


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