- April 5, 1920 - May 4, 2008
- Dubuque, Iowa
of Helen's Passing
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“Mom,Please hold Joe close in your arms today and guide our family through these days.Jeanne
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“Although an ocean separates us and I haven't seen the family in many, many years I still have the family memories from our younger days. Your Mom,...Read More »
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“Wayne, My condolences to you Dicky and the rest of your family.
I always had have had good memories of your mom.
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“The Vorwald Family So sorry for your loss: Deepest Sympathy Jerry Kennicker Family
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“Wayne, My condolences to you & your family. I saw your Mothers' picture in the paper & you are your Mothers' Child.
5 of 7 | Posted by: Lynn Rogers
“John, Mary and Family,
Very sorry to hear about your Mom. I'll keep you and your mom in my prayers.
6 of 7 | Posted by: Ade Ragghianti
“Wayne, you and your family have my condolences at this time. I saw the name and looked at the smile and I knew she had to be your Mom.
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Helen M. Vorwald, age 88, of 707 Peru Rd., Dubuque, died peacefully at Mercy Medical Center at 8:55 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2008 surrounded by family
Services will be Thursday at Sacred Heart Church at 10:00 a.m.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Behr's, 1491 Main Street, where the Parish Wake Service will be said at Behr's on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., and members of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Dubuque 1287 will recite the rosary at 7:30 p.m.
Helen was born April 5, 1920 at home in Dubuque, Iowa, the oldest child of Walter and Amelia (Tschirgi) Jahn.
Helen grew up on Garfield Ave. during the great Depression. Her father was an engineer for the Milwaukee Railroad. Helen graduated from Sacred Heart Grade School and the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1938. She also attended Bayless Business College. She was employed as a secretary for the Dubuque Boys' Club funded by the WPA. She later worked in the Recorders Office of the Dubuque County Court House. Helen married Francis R. Vorwald on Nov. 7, 1944 at Sacred Heart Church; he preceded her in death on February 18, 1972.
During the war, she worked as a secretary for the Pantex Ordnance Depot in Amarillo, Texas.
When she returned to Dubuque, Helen was a full time wife and mother. After her youngest child went to school she worked as a cook for many years in area hospitals, schools and convents.
Helen was an active member of Sacred Heart Parish and Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters Court Dubuque and other community organizations.
She helped to rejuvenate the northend community through her work with the Northend Neighborhood Association. She was an avid Cubs fan and Euchre player since the age of 4. Helen was always devoted to her family, friends and community. She was someone you could count on for help when in need.
6 Children: Richard J. Vorwald, Dubuque, Iowa
Wayne J. (Linda) Vorwald, Farley, Iowa
Sharon A. (David) Boyce, Buffalo, New York
Joseph P. (Vicki) Vorwald, Indianola, Iowa
John G. (Mehrangiz) Vorwald, Germantown, Maryland
Jeanne F. (Dion) Duckett, Franklin, Ohio
18 Grandchildren: Emily and Vince; Ed, Mike, Laura and Val; Amy;
Jessica, Joey and Christina; Andrew, Alex and Cyrus;
Aileen, Bevin, Cassidy, Elizabeth and David
1 Sister: Anne (Paul) Powers, Dubuque, Iowa
2 Brothers: Richard Jahn, Dubuque, Iowa
Eugene (Marge) Jahn, East Dubuque, Illinois
1 Brother-in-law: Gerald Ramm, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nieces, nephews and cousins
She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Francis R. Vorwald; 2 Sisters: Murella Ramm and Adele (Joseph) DiNova; 1 Brother: Roger (Gloria) Jahn; 1 Sister-in-law: Joanne Jahn
Memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Parish
The family would like to thank Dr. Longo and Dr. Sims, Fr. Schaefer and the Pastoral Care Staff, the Nurses and Staff of Mercy Medical Center for their excellent care of Helen