HELEN E. KISPERT

Helen

 

   Helen E. (Mrs. James) Kispert, age 94 of Nerstrand, died peacefully on Palm Sunday, March 16, 2008 at the Kenyon Sunset Home.
   Services will be held at Nerstrand United Methodist Church on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Nancy A. Edwardson officiating. Interment will be at the Methodist Memorial Knoll, rural Nerstrand.
   Visitation will be held in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Monday, March 24, 2008 from 4 to 8 p.m. and also in the church for one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.
   Helen Emma, the daughter of Arthur and Laura (Beckley) Hildebrandt, was born on June 30, 1913 in Holden Township, Goodhue County. She married James Kispert on September 6, 1932 and he preceded her in death on July 19, 1964.
   She is survived by four children, Garry (and Dee) Kispert of Sequim, WA, Betty (and Smokey) Clifton of Queen Valley, AZ, Bonnie (and Charlie) Harmon of Dudleyville, AZ, and Jack (and Gloria) Kispert of Blaine; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; one sister, Shirley Donohue of Forest Lake; and many nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by husband, James; her parents; and two sisters, Ruth and Grace Kispert.
   During her youth Helen helped her father on the family farm, milking cows and working the fields. She attended Kenyon High School, graduating in 1931. After marrying, Helen and her husband James raised their four children and continued to farm. She was active with her children in 4-H Club and the Parent/Teacher Organization. As a life long member of Nerstrand United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and was active in the Methodist Women’s Club. In 1964, Helen began working at the Faribault Regional Center caring for the mentally disabled. She left the family farm and moved to Nerstrand in 1967.
   In 1978, Helen retired from active employment but her next careers began. She provided day care to many community children for almost 25 years. She also volunteered as the city librarian and at the Nerstrand School, again providing for the children of the community, and volunteered for almost 20 years with the Faribault Area Hospice, beginning as part of the initial group of volunteers in 1984. Helen and her sister Grace were honored as Grand Marshals of the Nerstrand Bologna Days parade. In 1998, Helen was honored as an elder for the Nerstrand Community Celebration.
   Helen loved her garden. She grew vegetables, sometimes borrowing extra garden plots from neighbors, and canned her baby dill pickles which made excellent Christmas gifts. Her flower garden included a wide variety of colorful flowers for all to enjoy. “A Grandmother’s love is a garden in bloom.”
   Thank you to Helen’s nieces and nephews, friends and Marlene Floren for their loving help over the years. Thank you also to the staff at the Kenyon Sunset Home, Faribault Area Hospice, Reverend Nancy Edwardson and Reverend Garth Schumacher for their kind support.
   “Helen, You are a Good and Faithful Servant”
   


Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below


Name:
kathleen Stadler
Email:
kathleen1948@cableone.net
Date:
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Memories

I first met Helen at the RegionalCenter in 1970, she was a hard worker and shared so much knowledge and wisdom with her co-workers. She went out of her way to help us in our careers. I personally patterened my working years at Faribault after Helen, leaving in 1995. I will always remember your mother and the care and concern and love she gave to friends/clients that passed thru her life. Her garden was the envy of all as I remember. Even though I never met all of you I felt we knew you because of your mom. Helen lived a great life and never lacked for love from family and friends. Kathleen Stadler Dewey Az.


Name:
Shirley E. Little and Families
Email:
Date:
Monday March 24, 2008

Memories

The Family of Helen Kispert; Our deepest sympathy in your recent loss. Helen will be greatly missed in the Nerstrand/Kenyon community. Our prayers are with all of you!


Name:
Bonnie Jean Flom
Email:
bjflom@charter.net
Date:
Monday March 24, 2008

Memories

My name is Bonnie Jean Flom and I had the privilege of meeting Helen when I served as the principal of Nerstrand Elementary School. It was during my time there that Helen was honored as a community elder. How wonderful it was to have the opportunity to interview Helen and learn about her extraordinary life in service to others. I consider her one of my personal role models and I will be forever grateful for the time I was able to spend with her. Of course, I had the opportunity to know Helen as a loyal volunteer at the school in Nerstrand. She would come to the school every Wednesday to work with the children. And how pleased the children were to have the opportunity to work with this amazing woman. I learned recently that, in her final days, Helen was a patient at the Hospice where she had volunteered for many, many years. It seems so fitting to me that she would be in the loving hands of the hospice facility that she helped to establish. My sympathies are with all of you and I also celebrate with you a life well lived that was rooted in love and kindness toward others. Sincerely, Bonnie Jean Flom