Celebrating the life of Helen Tiede
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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no service. The family will hold a private committal service at the Danbury Catholic Cemetery in Danbury, Iowa. The Armstrong-Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.armstrongfuneral.com.
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Helen was born on November 8, 1935, in Tripp, South Dakota, to Carl and Johanna (Weisser) Lagge. She married her high school sweetheart Glendon Tiede on June 2, 1957. Glen always said Helen could run faster than he could in elementary school, and he was glad she finally slowed down enough so he could catch her.
Helen graduated from Tripp High School in South Dakota. She went on to obtain her associate’s degree from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota, where she was a cheerleader and excelled in music. She began her teaching career in the one-room Maag School in rural South Dakota.
Helen and Glen lived in Lake Andes, SD and at Center, Valentine, and Pender, NE, before moving to LeMars, IA, where she and Glen lived for over forty years. Helen spent many years in the LeMars school district, serving as a teacher’s associate at the elementary, junior high and high schools. Helen loved working with young people. One day, a young student came to school very excited because she had named her new puppy “Mrs. Tiede”. Many of those students kept in contact long after Helen retired.
One of Helen’s greatest joys and passions in life was music, which she shared through the First United Methodist church choir, Sweet Adelines, and LeMars Community Theater. She was a proud member of The Preferred Sound, a barbershop quartet that performed throughout Iowa and traveled to London, England.
After retiring from teaching, Glen and Helen became part-time residents of Westcliffe, Colorado, enjoying the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and wildlife. They enjoyed traveling “out west,” dancing, listening to music, and sharing good times with family and friends.
Glen and Helen moved to Winterset in 2009. Helen and her family are grateful for the friends she made and the many dedicated healthcare professionals who cared for her with love and compassion on her journey through Long Term Care after Glen’s death in 2010.
Helen will lovingly be remembered as a person who never met a stranger, who shared her laughter and love generously, often accompanied by a hug or a squeeze of the hand. She lived her life with optimism and gratitude, finding joy in simple pleasures like playing with her “grand dogs” or feeding the birds.
Most of all, Helen loved sharing special times with her family. Her children include Glenn and Terri (Rowenhorst) Tiede of Westcliffe, CO, Vicky and Mike Brenner of Winterset, IA, Brock and Margaret (Brenner) Timbers of Rosemount, MN. Helen was extremely proud of her grandsons Logan and Tristan Brenner Timbers. Other survivors include her sisters Hilda (Delwin) Benne and Sandy (Gene) Abney; and brothers Richard (Robin) Lagge and Ben (LuAnn) Lagge; along with many nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Glendon; her parents; her twin brother Allen; brothers Norris, Don and Loren; and sister Shirley (Bourelle).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Care Initiatives Hospice at P.O. Box 79, Greenfield, IA or the Alzheimer’s Association.