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Obituary for Helen L. Matthews
Helen Louise (Sauerbrey) Matthews was given her wings on October 4th, 2016 at the Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
Helen was born on February 13, 1931 to Henry and Martha Sauerbrey. She was married to Norman C. Matthews on December 30, 1963. Helen has 6 children from a previous marriage. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, bird watching, collecting angels, her flower gardens, holidays with family, and traveling. Helen worked for the Frederic School District as the head cook for many years where she was able to watch not only her own children grow up, but also the many others she considered to be her "children". Helen finished her working career with the Minneapolis Plastic Molders where she went into retirement only to find herself as a caregiver to a family of local children which she devoted her time and love to until they too were grown. Helen was a devoted, compassionate, caring and selfless wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.
Christmas was always celebrated at the Matthews' home with all the family members present, food enough to feed an Army, presents filling up the back porch, kids running up and down the stairs, but most importantly you better look your best and be ready for your turn in line for individual family pictures taken by the back door for Helen's photo album. You were truly blessed when you received a pair of booties, a doily, angel ornament, stocking hat or scarf crocheted with love for Christmas or your birthday.
Helen is survived by her husband, Norman; sons, Larry (Peggy) Hackett, Jerry (Renee) Hackett, Kenny (Kris) Hackett, and Scott Hackett, all of Frederic, WI; her daughters, Lee (Mike) Olson of Mason City, Iowa and Karen Lieder of Osceola, WI; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Leroy Sauerbrey, Bill Sauerbrey, Marvin Sauerbrey, Orville Sauerbrey; sisters, Mary Ann Loucks, Joyce Klingbell, Ruth Tibbs, Martha Hauer and Linda Grinnell.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Fred Sauerbrey, John Sauerbrey, James Sauerbrey, George Steinberger, Harold Sauerbrey, Robert Sauerbrey; and sisters, Delores Miller, Dorothy Pedersen, Irene Bielke, Agnes Zillmer and Lois Hughes.
Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Thursday, October 6th from 4 to 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic on Friday, October 7th - visitation at the church will begin at 12:00 p.m. followed by the service at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Paul Peterson will be officiating. Helen will be laid to rest at Maple Grove Cemetery following the service.
You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at www.rowefh.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-327-4475.