"A Life Celebrated,

Helen Jeanne Van Sickle,

June 17, 1924 to September 22, 2019



Helen Jeanne Stadem was born on June 17, 1924 to Sever and Sarah (Julson) Stadem in Henry, SD, where she grew up and graduated from Henry High School in 1942.

On June 7, 1942, she married Richard "Lee" Van Sickle at Long Beach, California. The couple made their home in Henry and had seven children.

Throughout the years Helen had many different jobs. She worked at the Henry Independent Newspaper for many years, and later was the manager of the mailroom at Midland National Life Insurance Company in Watertown.

Helen loved traveling, and had made it to nearly every state. Her trips to Alaska and Hawaii were special because she had a daughter I n both states at the time.

She was an active member of the UMC [United Methodist Church] in Henry and Clark and FUMC and Women's Society in Watertown. She was a Legion Auxiliary Member for 50 years. She was also a 60 year member of the Henryette's Pinockle Club.

Helen loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren teaching them her many talents including baking, crocheting, sewing, bowling, [Penockle] and gardening.

Helen passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Watertown, SD at the age of 95.

Helen is survived by her children, Gordon (wife Loydeen) Van Sickle. and Marcia (husband Monty) Montgomery of Henry, SD, Robert Van Sickle of Watertown, SD, and Lisa (husband Tim) Zandt of Sioux Falls, SD; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard "Lee" Van Sickle, an infant son, Clifton Van Sickle, two daughters, Jeanne Seifel and Linda Page, one brother, and two sisters.

[Funeral Service was September 26, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, Watertown, SD, Pastor Marilyn Spurrell officiating. Music was by Blair Titze the organist, and Jessica Van Sickle and Kari Anderson sang a duet.

Pallbearers were all grandchildren, Mary Ellen White, Todd Page, Troy Van Sickle, Shauna Lane, Andrew Montgromery, Sara Montgomery, Jessica Van Sickle, Julie Van Sickle, Sena Pederson, Jane Seifel, Matthew Seifel, Sever Griffin, and Alexis Griffin. Thought for the service: "I will trust In the Lord and not be afraid."


As children, we cannot fully understand the meaning

of a grandmother's love. How wise she is, how

patient she is or how much guidance she gives us.

Years go by before we know and understand

the depth of her love in her protectiveness.

But as we mature we finally understand and we

can look back and see through older eyes and

wiser hearts her unconditional love and devotion,

It is these and many other things that make us

realize how lucky we have been to have known

this amazing woman, our Grandma.



Note: A Memorial donation was given to this beloved Stadem family relation by the Pearl Ginther Family for the statue of Billy Graham to be sculpted and erected in the National Hall of Statuary, in the U.S. Capitol Building. North Carolina is sponsoring the statue, but all funds come from private donors. Billy Graham, often called "America's pastor," is depicted holding a Bible, and that is definitive, for he preached the Word of God right up to his last days on earth at the age of 99, preceding Helen in death, so Helen knew his ministry over her entire lifetime. Helen knew the Lord Jesus personally as her Savior and Lord, so her passing was from this mortal life to life everlasting and was a heavenly homegoing. It is hoped that her witness spoke deeply to the hearts of her many, many descendants, friends, relations, and even her caregivers at the last. She was a quiet and soft-spoken witness, but faithful and true, and her presence was a sweet one always.--Ed.


"Helen Jeanne Van Sickle's Homegoing,

Sept. 22, 2019


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