Helen Kieser, age 83, of Winsted, and formerly of New Germany, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
She was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Orono Township, the daughter of Ennis and Martha (Scott) Batdorf.
Helen graduated from Mound High School.
She was united in marriage to George Kieser June 21, 1951. At that time, George had a milk pickup route for Pure Milk Creamery in Winsted.
Helen worked as a clerk at the Red Owl Store in Winsted until May of 1953, when they moved to Breman, IN, where George transported house trailers all over the United States, Canada, and Nova Scotia. She worked as a seamstress and supervisor at Blue Bell Jeans in Nappanee, IN.
In 1956, they came back to Minnesota and bought a farm near New Germany, where they dairy-farmed.
In 1977, they started going south during the winter, and when they retired, they would go south for the whole winter.
They enjoyed square dancing, camping, going to country music festivals, and winter vacationing in the south.
Helen never sat still. She loved crocheting, playing cards, making plastic canvas crafts, and working puzzles.
Helen was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
She is survived by her husband, George Kieser of Winsted; a son, Jim Kieser of New Germany; a daughter, Sue Neisen of Delano; a granddaughter, Josie Neisen; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Leonard (Margaret) Kieser, Martha Rohling, Alfred Kieser, Joe (Janice) Kieser, Donald (MaryAnne) Kieser, and Jerry (Debbie) Kieser; Pat Batdorf; and other relatives and friends.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Ennis and Martha (Scott) Batdorf; a granddaughter, Toni Marie Huber; sisters Gladys (Russell) Knutson and Betty (Leonard) Buehl; and by three brothers, Floyd Batdorf, Raymond (Beth) Batdorf, and Harvey Batdorf; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Mary Entinger, Louis “Bud” Entinger, Fritz Entinger, Dorothy Entinger, and William “Bill” Rohling.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, March 28 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, followed by interment at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday evening, March 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a parish prayer service at 6 p.m.; and continued Friday at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Casket bearers were Jeff Buehl, Bill Knutson, Tom Kieser, Steve Rohling, Cal Entinger, and Carey Kieser.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.