Helen Schaefers, 90, of Faulkton, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at the Faulkton
The funeral was held Monday, March 29, at St. Liborius Church, Polo, with the Revs.
Randy Phillips and Jim Boorman officiating. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Polo.
Helen Marie Biever was born November 2, 1913, at Bridgewater to Jake and Nellie
(Kapperman) Biever. She moved with her family to the Zell area in 1919. The family
worked at several farms in the area and, as the oldest child, she helped her father with
work, mostly with the Belgian horses.
She attended grade school at St. Mary's Catholic School in Zell, graduating from the
eighth grade, and attended high school in Rockham and Polo, and graduated from
Fairview High School in Milwaukee, Wisonsin.
After graduation, she stayed home for a year, and then took nurses training at St. Luke's
in Aberdeen for two years.
She married Henry Schaefers June 1, 1936, at St. Mary's in Zell. They made their home
in Polo, where Henry operated a blacksmith shop.
During World War II, they and their four children moved to California and Washington,
where they both worked in airplane and ship factories. After the war, they were ready to
move back home with their five children. They purchased a farm north of Polo and
remained there until retiring in 1976.
She served in St. Liborius Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters, S.D. Right to Life,
election boards, and various community boards. She got the hot lunch program started
at St. Liborius grade school, and was the first manager and cook in that program. She
served on boards in Orient that brought about the new apartment building and the
Golden Years Senior Center. She traveled to Washington, D.C. for the "March for Life"
and to Iowa to see Pope John Paul II.
She is survived by her daughters, Janet (Bob) Wittrock of Oklahoma City, Okla., and
Evelyn (Jim) Johnson of Madison; two sons, Steve (Mary) of Oak Forest, Ill., and Fred
(Cheryl) of Orient; a brother, James (Donna) Biever of Modesto, Calif.; sisters, Delores
Biever of Chicago, Ill., and Irene (Hugh) Webb of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 31 grandchildren
and 34 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; sons, Paul, Tom (Margaretha), Alfred
(Eileen) and Peter Schaefers; daughter Carol (DeWayne) Kurtenbach; daughter-in-law
Eileen; and a great-granddaughter.
Helen Biever Schaefers
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