Funeral Services for Helen C. Holtgrew, age 90, of Winside, will be on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Winside. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Winside. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Winside. She passed away on Saturday at a hospital in Sioux City, IA. Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Helen C. Holtgrew was born December 29, 1929, on a farm near Winside in Wayne County to William Alexander and Charlotte M. (Von Seggern) Wylie. She attended grade school at District #28 South and graduated from Winside High School. After earning her teacher certificate from Wayne State College, she was a country school teacher for one year. Helen’s grandfather, Rev. J. Bruce Wylie officiated at her marriage to William “Bill” Henry Holtgrew June 13, 1948, at the United Methodist Church in Winside. The couple farmed near Winside where Helen also operated her sewing business, Sewing Uniquely Helen’s. She was a pianist and organist at the United Methodist Church in Winside where she has been a member since 1939. She was a member of Busy Bees Club, Center Circle Club and held district offices as president and vice president of the United Methodist Women.
Helen is survived by her children, William W. (Sue) Holtgrew of Merrill, IA, Robert (Catherine) Holtgrew of Winside, Donald (Sandra) Holtgrew of Atkinson, Vickie (Joe) McNamara of Sioux City, IA, Linda (Willy) Kreikemeier of West Point, and Ronald (Kim) Holtgrew of Stuart; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Bonnie Wylie of Winside; brother-in-law, Loren Beckler of Las Vegas, NV; sisters, Wilma (Larry) Miles of Checotah, Oklahoma and Ruth (Ron) Ruba of Remsen, IA; brother, Bill (Claudia) Wylie of Plattsmouth; brother-in-law, Warren (Virginia) Holtgrew of Galax, VA; nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William “Bill” in 1998; an infant daughter; brother, Bruce Wylie; sister, Mary Alice Beckler; and sister-in-law, Lois Holtgrew.