October 9, 1921 – September 16, 2014
Helen Elizabeth Schroer Schleisman went home to the Lord on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, September 20, 2014 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Friday at Westover Funeral Home with a Vigil at 7 pm.
Helen was born October 9, 1921, in the family farm house near Maple River, Iowa. Helen met her future husband Vernon “Slim” Schleisman in Carroll, IA. After dating several years, Vernon was inducted into the Army’s 34th (Red Bull) Division. They were married June 26, 1945, ten days after Vernon returned from serving 48 months in the Army, with the last 36 months spent in Europe.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; her parents, Ben and Elizabeth (Schrad) Schroer; a brother, Elmer; a sister, Marie Hamers; a stillborn sibling; and her great grandson, Ian McCollister.
Surviving her are five children: Terry (Diana) Schleisman – Ankeny, IA, Marilyn (Frank) Debelius – Johnstown, OH, Jean (Gary) Boot – Ames, IA, Linda (Fred) Dorr – Clive, IA, and Becky (John) Horner – Mitchellville, IA. Grandchildren include Melinda McCollister, Jeffrey (Ashleigh) Boot, Kevin (Erika) Boot, Kelly Basham, Kristin (Michael) Kline, Elizabeth Dorr, Erica (Michael) Gentry, Carrie (Adonaid) Diaz, Lydia Pitman, and Hannah Pitman. Helen also had 16 great grandchildren.
Helen moved throughout the state of Iowa with Vernon and their family as he worked as a station agent with the Milwaukee Railroad; then to Rockford, IL; and Milwaukee, WI before returning to Des Moines in 1965. Helen began working for Sears in Rockford and continued at the Merle Hay Mall Sears store, in the hardware department until her retirement in 1982. Helen was affectionately known as the hardware lady by many customers who sought her help.
Helen and Vernon enjoyed listening to big band music, dancing, camping, traveling, and family. Helen loved her flowers, her garden, feeding wildlife in her yard, Sammi her dog, and Maddie her cat. She thoroughly enjoyed watching athletic events, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the ISU Cyclones, if she had to.
Helen was a great role model with a strong Catholic faith. She was a member of the St. Pius X Catholic Church and attended Mass daily until 2012. She was also a member of the Parish Altar & Rosary Society and church choir. Friends and family fondly referred to Helen as the “prayer lady,” often petitioning her to pray for their intentions. In addition, she was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 9127 and the Bishop Drumm Quilters Guild.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to your local Food Bank or Animal Lifeline of Iowa. Mom, your family will greatly miss your love, strong will, and sense of humor.
ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES ~ WESTOVER CHAPEL.Information provided by: Iles Funeral Homes Westover Chapel 6337 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322 www.ilesfuneralhomes.com