RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
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.
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.
Sept. 22, 2019