Helen Weiers

August 28, 1932 - October 9, 2021

Helen M. Weiers, age 89, of Union Hill, died peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Traditions of Montgomery. Helen was born on August 28, 1932 in Helena Township to John and Gertrude (Gerardy) Neisen. Tragedy struck early with the death of her mother when she was only 3 months old and her father’s death followed 6 months later. The family of six was split up among various relatives and Helen was raised by her grandmother. She would not meet all her siblings as a group until she was 13 and at that time the siblings made a pact that they would meet every year on the 4th of July; they held to that pact until Covid prevented that from happening. Because of her experience, the value of family was extremely important to her. She remembered everyone with a gift for Christmas and birthdays and sewed quilts for all the weddings and births of her large extended family. Helen attended elementary school at St. Benedict and New Prague High School. She married Ralph J. Weiers on September 29, 1951 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan.

Helen was a tireless volunteer. She was a woman of great faith and many of her activities centered around her church. She was active at St. John’s Catholic Church in CCW and Deanery, was a religion teacher, former choir member, past Eucharistic Minister, and a volunteer Eucharistic Minister at Philipp Square. She held offices with Catholic United and was a past officer with the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and received the State KC Auxilian of the Year award. She also added to the beauty of St. John’s Church by painting the statues of the Last Supper under the altar and the angels that grace the holy water fonts at the back of church. Her volunteerism also saw her on the Queen of Peace Auxiliary, volunteer at the hospital and a member of many of the card groups.

Helen loved to visit and connect with others. When her children were young, she was a 4H leader. She was a member of the County Liner’s Extension group for over 50 years, receiving a leadership award from the home council. Her love of quilting was not just limited to sewing for her family but extended to the Silver Threads, a group of women who gathered every Wednesday to make quilts for missions and fundraisers. In her leisure time, she enjoyed cards, bingo, board games, and gardening. Her many friends and her beloved family will miss the cohesiveness and positivity that she brought to every gathering. Helen epitomized kindness and hospitality.

Helen is survived by her children, Mary Jo (Dick) Hruby of New Prague, Gordon (Claudia) Weiers of Glenwood, Rodney (Debra) Weiers of Silver Lake, Monica (Chuck) Valek of Belle Plaine, Margie (Jack) Ferguson of Minneapolis, Carol (Dale) Finnesgaard of Minneapolis, Bill (Anne) Weiers of New Prague; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph on March 27, 2018; parents; sister, Pauline Schindle; brothers, Ted, Alfred, Norbert, and John Neisen.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, October 25, 2021 at 10 AM at St. John’s Catholic Church in Union Hill with Father Eugene Theisen officiating. Visitation will take place from 4-7 PM Sunday evening and from 7:30 – 9:15 Monday morning at Bruzek Funeral Home. The family kindly requests that masks are worn in both places. Mass will be live-streamed on npcatholic.org. Burial will occur at St. John’s Cemetery.

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Mary Ellen Baldwin
14 hours ago

My Condolences to the Family…

George Brezina
15 hours ago

Sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to the family.

Fr. Mark Mallak
3 days ago

My condolences to the entire family; what a blessed and energetic woman. I will remember the repose of her soul and Ralph’s at my daily Mass and Rosary. FrMM

Anita Hruby
4 days ago

Very sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother and grandmother. She was always a treat to see, always kind and smiling. May her kindness and love live on in those she touched.
With warm regards
Anita Hruby

rachel meger
4 days ago

So sad to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, so sorry for your loss.
What a blessing Helen was to all. She was like a second Mom to me. Her smile could light up any room she was in and she was always so happy to see you. Rest in peace Helen, you will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all <3

Jim Walker
6 days ago

You couldn’t find better neighbors then Helen and Ralph. May she Rest In Peace. Jim Walker

Jeanette Becker
6 days ago

It is with great sadness that I’ve just read about the loss of your mom. She was a friend to all who knew her, and she will be missed by all. Rest In Peace, dear friend.

Dolo and Kenny Kalina
7 days ago

Rest in Peace, Helen! So sorry for your loss! Helen was such a beautiful soul, always a smile on her face for everyone, so welcoming and gentle, as was your Dad. She certainly was a very special lady. I love the statement above, that she will finally get to meet her parents. What a lovely and comforting thought! God Bless you all!

Jean A Olson
7 days ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mary Jo & Dick and your family!! We love you!!

Monica fahrner
7 days ago

My mother was Sis Dey from Lakeville who was a first cousin to your mother. Your uncle John lived with my mother’s family and was so loved by all of us. It was always such a wonderful surprise when Helen would show up at any gathering. Today as I sit thinking of her, I think how excited she will be to finally meet her parents. May that joy she is experiencing help you through the days ahead. Monica Dey Fahrner

Brian and Becky Tarbox
7 days ago

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful mom. A devoted wife, mom and child of God. May God bless you and your family as you say goodbye to your mom.

Ryan & Kate Bleth
8 days ago

Condolences to your entire family on your loss. Reading of her life and kindness here made all the sense in the world in light of the caring heart we have been blessed to know in Mary Jo. Prayers for you in this time of remembrance and celebration of her life.

Ken and Janine Kessler
8 days ago

Our deepest condolences to you. What a wonderful woman! Heaven rejoices for the beauty of her life for adding her to their community of love! Dick and Mary Jo we Love you!
Ken and Janine Kessler

Marilyn Simota
8 days ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a special cousin of my husband Leo Odenthal.We will always remember her kindness and genuine smile.You are in our prayers. Marilyn and family

Fr Tom Ogg
8 days ago

Wow. What a saintly example. I will pray for you Mary Jo and all the family but I really want to say “Helen, pray for us!“ Joyfully, Fr Tom Ogg

Deb Gesen Finn
8 days ago

So sorry for your loss. Mom considered your mom to be her best friend. We always loved visiting with her when we came to see Mom. She was such a kind and generous person. Hold close to the wonderful memories.

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