In Memory of Helma Hamilton

Helma Hamilton
Helma Hamilton
Born: June 28, 1920
Died: September 28, 2017
Age: 97
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Helma Hamilton
June 28, 1920 - September 28, 2017

Helma Hamilton, age 97, of Ida Grove, Iowa, went home to Heaven on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Morningside Healthcare Community, of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 2, 2017, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Reverend Richard A. Salcido will officiate; with committal services following in the Ida Grove Cemetery, of Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Christensen –Van Houten Funeral Home, 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 at

Helma Margaretha Elise Hamilton was born June 28, 1920, to Emil and Margaretha (Wilken) Mildenstein in Soldier Township, Crawford County Iowa. She attended parochial school and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Soldier Township.

On September 4, 1938, she married Elmer Ernst and the couple was blessed with three children Wayne, Karen and Kenneth. Elmer passed away in 1960. On April 11, 1966, Helma married Joe Hamilton in Barstow, CA. Joe passed away in 2007.

Helma worked as a cook in school systems in California and Arizona. Joe and Helma returned to Ida Grove for their retirement. They loved to travel, play cards with friends and cheer for the Chicago Cubs. Helma was a faithful member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove.

Helma is survived by her children Wayne (Elaine) Ernst of Port St. Joe, FL, Karen (Dwayne) Salmon of Ida Grove, IA; daughter-in-law Anne Ernst of Modesto, CA; six grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Leonard and Marilyn Ernst of Pittsboro, NC and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, son Kenneth, granddaughter Kim, brothers Walt and Loren, and brothers and sisters-in-laws.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the St. Paul Lutheran Scholarship Fund, OABCIG Dollars for Scholars or Horn Memorial Hospital.



10:30 a.m. 
Monday, October 2, 2017

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido
Rev. Neil E. Wehmas


Daron Salmon
John Salmon
Dwayne Salmon, Jr.
Gary Mildenstein
Randy Mildenstein
Gregg Streck


2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 1, 2017


Geraldine Dankert, Organist

"Holy, Holy, Holy"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"The Lord's Prayer"
"Amazing Grace"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 4:10 PM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in God's sure promise of a resurrection as set forth in the Bible. (Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29) Those who are raised to life will have the prospect of never again being subject to misery, sickness, or death. (Revelation 21:4) I hope that reflecting on these thoughts will give you some relief during this difficult time. ”
- K
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 8:47 PM
“I will definitely miss Helma at MHC, although I'm sure it brings you comfort knowing she is whole again. I really got to know Helma when I worked the overnights & that's where she got nickname "Mrs Doubtfire" that smile/smirk of hers & the things she'd say were priceless! Karen you are one of the most dedicated daughters I've seen in a long, long time! Be proud of your dedication & treasure all those wonderful memories you made. Thoughts, hugs, & prayers to you all. ”
- Steph Corr
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 8:47 PM
“My sympathy to the family
Helma was like a mom to me
What a wonderful lady
So many great memories with her”
- Linda (Godbersen) Harriman
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 8:47 PM
“Karen & family- Sending my sincere sympathy upon the death of your Mother. ”
- Judy Andresen
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:05 PM
“Karen and family

Your mom will always hold a special place in my heart. It was an honor to beable to help care for her. Karen, I will miss our visits so don't be a stranger.. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of the family. Helma was a very SPECIAL lady!”
- Chris Wunschel
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:05 PM
“Karen, I am so sorry to see that your Mom passed away. She was so faithful to come when I read and I will miss seeing her. ”
- Gloria Sykes
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:05 PM
“Karen and family I am so sorry for your loss. Helma was a great sweet woman. Im going to miss her smile and our conversations. She was a joy to care for. ”
- Sandy tollufsen
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