Helen Theresa Zanoth, age 81, of Hutchinson, died Friday, March 7, 2008, at the Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson.
She was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Winsted, the daughter of Anthony and Mary (Horstman) Fiecke. Helen was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. She received her education at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Winsted.
Helen was united in marriage to Ernest Zanoth Oct. 24, 1944, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. This marriage was blessed with five children. Helen and Ernest also lovingly cared for foster children in their home for many years.
Helen and Ernest resided and farmed on the Zanoth family farm in rural Silver Lake until 1951, when they moved to a farm near Hector, Minn. They shared 45 years of marriage, until Ernest passed away in 1989.
In 1990, Helen purchased a twin home on Roberts Road in Hutchinson, where she lived until moving to Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson in July 2000.
In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Helen was a partner in the farming operation. She attended St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson, where she was active in the CCW.
Helen was an excellent seamstress and made all the clothing for her daughters as they were growing up. She also refurbished dolls (219 in one year) and displayed bride dolls at the McLeod County Fair, as well as making quilts and teddy bears. She loved to tend to her garden and bake; she was known as the “Cookie Lady,” and made delicious homemade breads.
Helen enjoyed being a foster mother and was very active in the “Shoebox Ministry.” She especially enjoyed the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.
Helen is survived by her children, Francis Zanoth and his special friend, Donna Zanoth of Clovis, N.M., Susan Callier and her husband, Tom, of Hutchinson, Margaret Kruger and her husband, Kevin, of Lake City, Minn., and Patricia Rhode and her husband, Dave, of Grand Rapids, Minn; grandchildren Kevin Zanoth, Karen Wulkan, Rustin Callier, Annette Monson, Adam Kruger, Angie Kruger, Megan Rhode, Lyndsay Rhode, and J.R. Zanoth; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by brothers and sisters, Lidwina “Liddy” Laxen and her husband, Clarence; Florian Fiecke and his wife, Bernice; Sophie Juncewski and her husband, Felix; Philip “Pete” Fiecke and his wife, Rose Ann, all of Winsted; Rosemary “Rosie” Mallak of New Germany, Rosina “Sina” Jilek and her husband, John, of Glencoe; Emma Drahos and her husband, Stanley, of Silver Lake; Alexander “Alex” Fiecke and his wife, Barbara of Winsted; JoHanna Jensen of Duluth, Isabel “Izzie” Salonek and her husband, Marvin of Watertown; and Mary Glampe and her husband, Fred, of Rockford; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
In additon to her husband, Ernest, Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Mary Fiecke; a son, David, in infancy; siblings Richard “Dick” Fiecke, Elizabeth “Betty” Kuras, Norbert Fiecke, and Anton Fiecke; and a foster son, Steve Seidl.
Funeral service was Monday, March 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson, with interment in the church cemetery. Father Jerry Meidl officiated at the service. Organist was Bev Wangerin, and song leader was Bobbi Ludewig. Musical selections included “Be Not Afraid,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “Table of Plenty,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “Lead Me Lord.”
Casket bearers were Rustin Callier, Annette Monson, Karen Wulkan, Kevin Zanoth, Tyler Wulkan, and Kevin Wulkan.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson.