Helen Abbott
Helen Abbott
Helen Marie Abbott, 95, of Stewartville, formerly of LeRoy, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Stewartville Care Center, in Stewartville.

Helen was born July 11, 1917, on a farm in Guthrie County; Adair, Iowa, to John and Emma (Langenfeld) Mertes. She attended Grant Township County School through eighth grade and graduated in 1936 from Adair High School. She worked in a FSA office in Guthrie Center, Iowa.

Helen married Joseph Bishop Abbott, Feb. 12, 1942. Following Joe's 3-1/2 years tour of duty with the Navy Seabees, they bought a farm near Menlo, Iowa, where they lived for five years. In 1951, they moved to a farm near LeRoy, where they raised their family and farmed for many years. They retired to LeRoy in 1988. In the fall of 2007, she moved to the Care Center in Stewartville.

Helen was a member of St. Patrick's Church in LeRoy and its Rosary Society; a member of Post 146 Legion Auxiliary, Adams, Minn.; The Lodi Project Club; LeRoy History Club; LeRoy Senior Citizens; and was an avid Twins fan. She said her greatest accomplishment was raising her family. Helen wished to be remembered for her sense of humor. Family and friends will always remember her sweet smile.

Helen is survived by three daughters, Charlotte (Steve) O'Connor of Spring Valley; JoAnn (Michael Anderson) Abbott of Red Wing, Minn.; Linda (Brian Roe) Abbott-Roe, of Port Townsend, Wash.; one son, John (Aimee) Abbott of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe (1997); one sister; and three brothers.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 22, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in LeRoy with the Rev. Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial was held at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in LeRoy.

Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be left online at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com