Helen Jane Kossel

CARNEY – Helen Jane Kossel, 90, of Carney, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, Powers.

Helen was born Feb. 11, 1923, to the late Arthur and Anna (Rasmussen) Slottke in Carney. She attended Stephenson schools and was the valedictorian of SHS class of 1941. She played basketball for the Stephenson girls team in high school, and would to be a lifelong follower and supporter of the local basketball teams.

On Aug. 11, 1945, Helen married Frank Kossel at St Bruno Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 1985.

Helen was a faithful homemaker plus she worked on the family farm with her husband Frank. She later went to work as a custodian for the Carney Nadeau School. Helen was a member of St Bruno Catholic Church and St. Ann’s society. Helen was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 68 years, a Foster Grandparent at Carney Nadeau School, a position she was passionate about, and an avid stamp collector. She also enjoyed reading, quilting, gardening and playing games with her family, which she usually won.

Helen is survived by her three children, Carol (Paul) Larson, Roger (Linda) Kossel, and Diane (Dan) Waite; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Audrey Boyd of Bremerton, Wash. and Phyllis Christensen of Flint, Mich., nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and James Slottke.

Funeral services for Helen will be Friday, March 22, at St. Bruno Catholic Church in Nadeau at 5 p.m. (CDT). Friends may call from 2 p.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial. Father Michael Vichich officiating.

Burial in Nadeau Township Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in Helen’s name for the Foster Grandparent Program. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made on andersondiehm.com.