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Helen Bernice Abels

February 16, 1923 January 8, 2009
Helen Bernice Abels
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Worthington, Minnesota
     Helen Bernice Abels, 85, was born on February 16, 1923, in George, IA, the daughter of John and Bertha (Stubbe) Schneiderman.  She grew up on the family farm and helped to raise her siblings.  Helen attended public school at Little Rock IND #4 and graduated from there when she was 11 years old.  She confessed her faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized at the First Baptist Church by Rev. C.F. Dalmus.  Helen did baby-sitting jobs and worked for the Osceola Hospital for a time.  On December 16, 1944, she was united in marriage to George Abels.  The couple lived in Iowa for a year and then moved to Nobles County and farmed for 25 years.  In 1970, they moved to Worthington, MN, where she was employed with Campbell Soup Company for 26 years before retiring in 1986.  She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Worthington, where she sang in the choir.  Helen was also involved with working in the church kitchen, meals on wheels, and bible league until her health started to fail.  She loved to travel to her children and grandchildren’s homes when travel was permitted.  In September of 2006, Helen was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis which eventually took her life on Thursday, January 8, 2009, at the South Shore Care Center in Worthington, MN.

     Helen is survived by her beloved husband, George, of Worthington, MN; two sons, Gaylen (Cheryl) Abels of Sioux Falls, SD, and Byron Abels of San Francisco, CA; five grandsons, Nathan, David, Aaron, Nicholas and Jaarik; one granddaughter, Brianne; five great grandchildren, Jeremiah, Mckaylee, Trinity, Jordan and Jacob; three brothers, Harlan (Ferne) Schneiderman of Worthington, MN, Kenneth (Judy) Schneiderman of Marion, IA, and Burdell (Janice) Schneiderman of Little Rock, IA; one sister, Harriet (Aron) Rust of Worthington, MN, and four sisters-in-law, Gladys Schneiderman of George, IA, Verna Schneiderman of Little Rock, IA, Maria Schneiderman of Marion, IA, and Trena Abels, of George, IA.  She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, John, Bernard, and Edwin, and one sister, Tressa.

     Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 12, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Worthington, MN, with the Rev. Mike Richmond officiating.  Casket bearers will be B.J. Schneiderman, Eldon Schneiderman, Lee Schneiderman, Bradley Schneiderman, Wayne Ripley, and Gary Abels.  Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 11, 2009, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.


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