Helen Mischke, age 89, of Yankton, SD passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at her residence at Majestic Bluffs in Yankton.
Funeral service will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Yankton with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Frankfort Cemetery in rural Crofton, NE. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, April 17, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday at the church.
Pallbearers are Gloria Smith-Rockhold, Arlene Drew, Val Parsley, Gail August, Randy Mischke, Barry Mischke, Tom Gilmore, Duane Wilken, Dean Wilken, Cam Lind, and Vern Lind. Honorary pallbearers will be Helen's grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Helen was born May 7, 1925 in Bloomfield, NE, to Henry W. and Emma (Ermels) Jensen and was the second of five daughters. She was baptized on June 28, 1925 at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield and confirmed on April 2, 1939 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Bloomfield by Rev. Rhode. She attended rural schools in different counties in Nebraska. She remembered her days at Pleasant Valley, NE near Hartington, NE and later at Liberty High School near Pleasant Valley. She transferred to Bloomfield High School for her Junior and Senior years, graduating in 1942. She began her teaching career at the age of 17 and taught four years in rural schools. She worked at Ross's Confectionery in Crofton, NE during the summer vacations. During her teenage years, every summer was spent living with her grandmother and grandfather Ermels helping them on their farm. The fun times were going along with her Aunt Louise and Uncles Joe and Albert, while they played for barn dances at the farm homes of neighbors. She took a leave of absence from teaching and moved to Omaha, NE where she worked in the office for Union Pacific Railroad. Not caring for large cities she returned to Crofton and resumed teaching.
On September 1, 1946, she married Cyrus Mischke in Sioux Falls, SD at the Lutheran Church by Rev. Harry Gregorson. Five children were born to this union: Steven, David, Beverly, James and Lisa. After her marriage, she joined the Evangelical Church of rural Crofton which later became the United Methodist church after their congregations joined. She became very active in many facets of the life of the church including teaching Sunday School, as a lay delegate to the State Conference in Lincoln, and as a Northeast District Representative to the Committee on Nominations.
Helen was a 4-H leader of the Lakeside Ramblers for many years while her children were members. She spent 25 years being her mother-in-law's helper and was responsible for caretaking of her parents for 8 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Yankton and a member of the United Methodist Women.
She enjoyed sewing, watching sports, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and traveling. Her traveling included two trips to attend the Olympic Games, Los Angeles in 1984 and Calgary in 1988. During her years in assisted living, her caregivers referred to her affectionately as "Miss Helen."
Survivors include her five children: Steve (Linda) Mischke of Gillette, WY; David Mischke of Worland, WY; Bev (Don) Reimer of Broomfield, CO; James (Robin) Mischke of Thermopolis, WY and Lisa Mischke (Tom Harner) of Lincoln, NE; 7 grandchildren: Seth, Ben, Heidi, Mia, Sarah, Laura, and Cyrus; 11 great grandchildren: Brooklyn, Tanner, Micah, Lane, Wyatt, Arlo, Esai, Parker, Mesa, Avery, and Fisher; sister, Lucille Brown of Dallas, TX and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 64 years, Cyrus; her parents, Henry and Emma Jensen; grandson, Brian; daughter-in-law, Susan; and 3 sisters: Evelyn Lind Pogany, Elmira Rempp Pesicka, and Gladys Heger Cooper.
Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Women's Mission Outreach or Habitat for Humanity.
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To my Mischke cousins: Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear mother and friend. May all your memories of her be pleasant and may you always remember her loving, caring way and her beautiful smile.
So very sorry for your loss.
Rod and Jana McCloud
Sorry about the death of your mother/grandmother. Wouldn't be able to attend any services for in Texas at the time. Helen was an enjoyable person to visit with and she always spoke highly of her children. She will be missed by many. May the blessing of the Lord be with all of you.
My thoughts and prayers for you Mischke cousins. May the beautiful memories you have, lend comfort for the pain you are feeling. I always very much enjoyed going to the Mischke farm for gatherings. So much love.
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear Mother. She was such a good friend of Mom's and will be deeply missed. I always enjoyed stopping to see her when I was in Majestic Bluffs.
Cyril and Laverta Mauch
Lisa, Tom, and Cyrus, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family. John 14:1
Bob and Muriel Harner
I'm sorry to hear of your mother's death. I always enjoyed visiting with her. She sent such nice cards to my mother when she was in the nursing home. It brought back many wonderful memories of our times in 4-H. She was a very talented lady. My prayers are with your families.
Cheryl (Buschkamp) Pinkelman
My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a good 4-H leader when it came to matching those plaids with Virgie will never forget her. Keep the memories alive.
My sincere sympathies to the family for the loss of your mother. She was one great lady and always enjoyed talking to her at the county fair. I am sure you have great memories of her and they will be with you forever. Good ole 4H memories and family reunions too. My prayers with all of you.
Joyce (Koertje) Bertschinger
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