Helen Olena Deeny

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 4:14 pm

Helen Olena Deeny, 96, of Waucoma, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Hampton. A Mass of Christian burial is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waucoma, with Rev. Nick March officiating the Mass. Interment is 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 Tuesday. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waucoma, where there is a 6:30 p.m. parish scripture service and a 3:45 rosary. Hugeback Johnon Funeral Home in Waucoma is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences for Helen’s family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com.

Helen Olena Deeny was born Nov. 12, 1919, in Pleasant Township, Decorah, the daughter of Albert and Henrietta (Osmundson) Larson. She attended Country School No. 9 in Decorah until the completion of 8th grade, when she started high school in Ossian. After graduating high school she went to Midway Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. 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, Kans. Oct. 22, 1944. To this union six children were born. After Bernard was honorably discharged from the service, the couple moved to Waucoma, where they spent the majority of their lives together. Helen was the bookkeeper at Deeny’s Standard Oil for many years, working alongside 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, Texas, Paul (Connie) Deeny of Charles City, Tim (Caroll) Deeny of Calmar, Cindy (Mike) Henderson of Urbana and Patricia (Dick Palmer) Deeny of Bloomington, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three special nieces, Laura (Bernard) Dreesman of Cedar Falls Diane (Steve) Guberud of Spring Grove, Minn. and Deborah (Dave) Catron of Orlando, Fla.

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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