In Memory of Helen Marie Weeber

Helen Marie Weeber
Helen Marie Weeber
Born: July 11, 1915
Died: January 15, 2017
Age: 101
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Helen Marie Weeber
July 11, 1915 - January 15, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA

Helen Marie Weeber, age 101, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Morningside Healthcare Community of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Reverend Chad Lierman will officiate, interment will follow in the Oakland Cemetery of Sac City, Iowa. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Helen Marie Weeber was called to her heavenly home on January 15, 2017. Helen was born on July 11, 1915 to Reuben and Maggie (Lewis) Bruner in Sac City, IA. She was raised and baptized in the Christian Church.

Helen and Benny were married on May 19, 1940 and were blessed with two daughters, Patty and Peggy. They owned Benny’s Eat Shop in Sac City before moving to Carroll where they purchased the City Hotel. In 1955 they purchased the Baxter Hotel where they lived until they sold it in 1978. They retired in Ida Grove where they lived out their lives.

Helen was active in the Methodist Church, holding many offices. She was a volunteer for the Reach Out Program for many years. Helen loved to entertain and serve meals to her friends and family. She remained very active until her health started to fail. Helen was able to travel and spend time with many dear friends. She had a life well lived.

Helen loved the Lord and served Him by loving and caring for others. She would want all of us with her in heaven, by believing in Jesus and His gift of dying for our sins and rising again to eternity, that we too will have the promise of eternal life with our Triune God. Therefore, we are not mourning a death, but celebrating the victory given to Helen by the grace of our loving God.

Those celebrating her victory are her two daughters and son-in-law, Patty Nelson, Peggy and Don Wunschel. Helen’s Grandchildren and their families, Kriss (Pat) Phillips and their children Autumne (Phil) Ryan, MaTrasa (Bret) Maae, and Benton; Matt (Chris) Wunschel and their children and grandsons Brittany (Mark) Rogers (Colten and Gavin) and Stefan; Donavon (Chris) and their children Ashely, Ashton, and Erica, and her many nieces, nephews and their families.

Going on before Helen was her husband, Benny and his son, Wayne. Preceding her passing were Helen and Benny’s parents, sisters, brother and their spouses, along with several nieces, a nephew and a great nephew. Many of Helen’s dear friends had gone on before her and we are grateful to know she is at peace and surrounded by so many loved ones.


11:00 a.m., Saturday.
January 21, 2017

First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Reverend Chad Lierman


Mark & Brittany Rogers
Phil & Autumne Ryan
Bret & MaTrasa Maae
Stefan Wunschel
Ashley Wunschel
Ashton Wunschel
Benton Phillips
Erica Wunschel


Two Hours Prior
To The Service From

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Geraldine Dankert, Organist
Darwin & Roger Walter, Vocalists

Vocalists Selections
"Beyond The Sunset"
"The Lord's Prayer"

Congregational Hymns
"In The Garden"
"Hymn Of Promise"


Private Family Interment
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:35 PM
“Helen was so full of Go's love It was good to know her. The ladies of Westminster miss her visits to our gatherings. She was a friend to a of us.”
- Carolyn Jamieson
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:34 PM
“Blessings to your family during this time of saying your goodbyes to Helen. We remember Helen most from the days of the Baxter Hotel. Great memories of that place. Helen was a wonderful lady. ”
- Marc and Marsha Kjar
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:34 PM
“Peggy, Don and family. So sorry for your loss. She went to sleep and woke up with God. May God bless all of you.”
- Byron Hartwig
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:34 PM
“To Patty and Peggy, I am sorry to learn of your Mother's death. She was a dear lady for sure. She and your Dad did so much for Bill and I when we bough the house in Ida Grove. I also was in church circle with her and helped out on occasion at the hotel. When I came to Carroll so many knew of them and that made it special. So many memories to treasure and I know you do too. Love and sympathy, Wilma Hartleben and family”
- Wi
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM
“Helen was a fine lady and will be missed. Our prayers for her and the family.”
- Larry & Sheila Kennaley
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM
“Donnie and Peg, Vicki and I have you and all of your entire family in our thoughts and prayers. Helen and my mother were very good and close friends. Helen was a wonderful lady that treated everyone with respect and love. She will be greatly missed but we all know Helen and Benny are together once again.”
- Dennis & Vicki Ernst
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM
“So sorry for your loss, she was a very sweet person.”
- Marilyn Dose
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM
“To a true Lady of our time she will be missed by all of us who knew her and God her faith was unshakeable ”
- Gail and Michael Hatfield
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM
“She was such a wonderful person. A wonderful neighbor. Heaven definitely gained an angel. Prayers of comfort to her family.”
- Rich Renfro
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