In Memory of Helen J. Henry

Helen J.  Henry
Helen J. Henry
Born: June 26, 1926
Died: May 30, 2018
Age: 91
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Helen J. Henry
June 26, 1926 - May 30, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Helen J. Henry, age 91, of Ida Grove, formerly of Harlan, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 04, 2018 at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home, of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Kristin Boysen will officiate; with Committal Services in the Harlan Cemetery of Harlan, Iowa.  A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 6:45 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 03, 2018 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

Helen Josephine Henry, the daughter of Joseph and Anna Marie (Kenkel) Hertzing, was born on June 26, 1926, in Harlan, Iowa. She grew up in Harlan and was baptized and confirmed in her faith at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Harlan.

On December 29, 1948, Helen married Douglas Henry and the couple were blessed with three children Vicki, Robert, and Deb. The family made their home in Harlan where Helen worked as a housekeeper for a local priest and cleaned a doctor’s office. Helen was a feisty woman with a love of life. During her time in Harlan she enjoyed keeping track of the local weather as a weather spotter and belonging to a CB Radio Club.

In 2007 she relocated to Ida Grove, Iowa to be closer to her daughter Deb. Helen was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. She liked to crochet, bake, the color purple, spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved pup sitting Charlie.

She is survived by her children Vicki (Lanny) Petsche of Harlan, IA, Robert (Dalyce) Henry, Deb (Jeff) Kelley of Ida Grove, IA; grandchildren Kristin (Nathan) Boysen, Craig (Kayla) Kelley, Jennifer (Matt) Puffer, and Douglas Henry; great-grandchildren Colton Boysen, Carson Boysen, Magdalene Boysen, and Wyatt Puffer; sisters Lois Ann Phillips of Florida and Viola James of Council Bluffs, IA; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Anna Marie Hertzing; husband Douglas Henry (2003); brother Vernon Hertzing.



10:30 a.m., Monday, June 04, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Kristin Boysen


Honorary Pallbearers:
Helen's Grandchildren & 
Great Grandchildren

Kristin Boysen
Craig Kelley
Jennifer Puffer
Douglas Henry
Colton Boysen
Carson Boysen
Magdalene Boysen
Wyatt Puffer


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 03, 2018
Rosary at 6:45p.m.
Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home 
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Amazing Grace"
"I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Harlan Cemetery
Harlan, Iowa


Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 9:12 AM
“My sincere sympathy to you and your family Vicki,. Sorry this is late, just heard of your mom's passing. Thoughts and prayers to all. Cincy”
- Cynthia Green
Monday, June 4, 2018 at 10:03 AM
“I remember my Grandmother Helen, now and always. Helen made incredible cookies. I really wish I had a chance to sit down and eat just one more with her to say goodbye. I believe in her death she would want her children/grandchildren to be together, forgive one another, and live life to the most, every single day, with as much love as possible. ”
- Douglas
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 8:36 PM
“To my Aunt Helen may you rest in peace ! I know the Lord will greet you with open arms and show you the love and care that you deserve !! I will never forget years past when we were closer and got to share more time together ! THANKS for being my God mother too !! ... To all the family , my wife Vicky and I are so sorry for this loss to many !!”
- John Hendricks
Friday, June 1, 2018 at 10:25 AM

I have very fond memories of Helen and was thinking of her this past week. She was a good friend and always enjoyed her and Doug coming to the Center and the phone calls after she moved. I still have a little rocking chair planter that she gave me on Mother's Day as she said I always mothered the Seniors at the Center. Extending my sympathy for your loss. Will keep the family in my prayers and thoughts. Alice”
- Alice Kenkel
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