Helen Marie Meyer, 87, of Dyersville, died peacefully Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at her home in Dyersville.
Friends and relatives of Helen called from 3-7 p.m., Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a wake service was held at 7:30 p.m. Friends also called after 9 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2019 at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with the Rev. Richard Ament presiding. Concelebrating was the Rev. Dennis Quint, fellow priests from the Archdiocese and Deacon Jim Steger assisting. Lector was Rose Meisch. Eucharistic Ministers were Joan Steger and Cookie Scherrman. Placing of the pall was done by Rachele Rickels, Pam Meyer, Clyde Meyer, Dennis Meyer, Mary Meyer, John Meyer, Teresa Bockenstedt, Mark Meyer, Geralyn Maloney and Chris Meyer. Giftbearers were Betty Weber, Betty Reuter and Gerri Skahill. Burial was held at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.
Honorary pallbearers for Helen were David and Marian Brunkan, Robert and Fran Brunkan and Bob and Catherine Wilhelm.
Casketbearers were Benjamin Bockenstedt, Justin Meyer, Michael Rickels, Tyler Raeder, Max Jepsen and Andrew Meyer.
Helen was born Nov. 15, 1931 in Monticello, daughter of Herman and Frances (Grace) Ament. She attended St. Paul school in Worthington, and graduated from St. Joseph Mercy’s School of Nursing in Dubuque, in 1953.
On June 26, 1954 she was united in marriage to Donald Meyer at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington. Don and Helen were blessed with 10 children, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Helen’s devotion to her Catholic faith was evident throughout her life in many ways. She enjoyed being involved in: the Christian Family Movement, Catholic Lay Ministry Program, Marriage Encounter, and St. Isadore bible study group. As an active parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Basilica, she served on the Welcome Committee, ministered as a Lector and was a member of the Resurrection Choir.
She also enjoyed volunteering for the Dyersville Historical Society, Oak Crest Nursing Home, Hospice of Dubuque and as a registered nurse for the Red Cross blood drives. Helen enjoyed her time with family at their cabin on Lake Delhi, traveling throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, golfing, gardening, and cards. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sincere friend.
Helen is survived by her 10 children, Rachele (Doug) Rickels, of Worthington; Pam Meyer, of Dyersville; Clyde (Nanci La Susa) Meyer, of Naperville, Ill.; Dennis Meyer (fiancee, Debbie Gomez) of Westminster, Colo.; Mary Meyer, of Dyersville, John (Laurie Bildstein) Meyer, of Dyersville; Teresa (Matt) Bockenstedt, of Cedar Rapids; Mark (Darla Carithers) Meyer, of Dubuque, Geralyn Maloney, of San Diego, Calif. and Chris Meyer of Sacramento, Calif.; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, the Rev. Richard Ament of Dubuque, IA.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Meyer; her parents; her siblings, Paul Ament, Carol Gudenkauf and Doris Ament.
To celebrate Helen, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Divine Word College, Dubuque County Right to Life, Eternal Word Network, Mary’s Inn Maternity Home and Hospice of Dubuque.
We would like to thank Dr. Hermann, Hospice of Dubuque and all those who reached out to Helen through cards and phone calls during her illness.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com