Helen Mae Piehl, 88

Helen Mae Piehl, age 88, of Silver Lake, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at the United Hospital in St. Paul.

She was born March 16, 1927, in Hutchinson, the daughter of William (Bill) and Victoria (Byczynski) Pofahl.

Helen graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1945, and continued her education with a one-year course in elementary education. From there, Helen took evening classes at Mankato State and got her bachelor of science degree in 1967.

Helen taught at various country schools from 1946 through 1960. She continued her teaching career at Lester Prairie as an elementary teacher, and later the librarian for 26 years.

Helen and Ralph E. Piehl were joined in holy marriage Sept. 30, 1948, at Westlynn Lutheran Church. God blessed their marriage with two sons, Gary and Gene.

After a year in Stewart, the couple moved to Silver Lake, and had resided at the same address ever since.

Helen loved tending to her flowers and gardening.

She was a faithful, and very active member of Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake, where she cherished the members’ fellowship, and belonged to the Ladies Aid.

Helen was also a member of Silver Lake American Legion Post Auxiliary 141, the Hutchinson Historical Museum, and Retired Teachers Alumni.

She is survived by her sons, Gary Piehl of Cokato, and Gene (Nancy) Piehl of Silver Lake; three grandchildren: Heidi Salisbury, Mike (Heather) Piehl, and Janae (Jarrod) Witte; three great-grandchildren: Emma Salisbury, and Caleb and Liam Piehl; a brother, Bob Pofahl; sisters Alma Johnson and Sandra (Dave) Frauenshuh; a sister-in-law, Myra Bushard; a brother-in-law, Gerald Piehl; and other relatives and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; a great-grandson, Kaydin Salisbury; her parents; a sister, Betty Pulkrabek; a brother, William Pofahl Jr.; and half-sisters Irene Painschab and Eleanor Hagen.

Funeral services took place Friday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake, with Dr. Tom Rakow officiating. Interment followed at Grace Bible Cemetery.

There was visitation Thursday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continuing Friday, at the church, one hour prior to the services.

Casket bearers were Jarrod Witte, Ron Johnson, Mark Hanke, Alan Piehl, Matt Frauenshuh, and Steve Pulkrabek.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake handled the arrangements.

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