Joann Mary Helle
, - July 04, 2006

Visitation: 4 to 8 PM with a Scripture Service at 8pm July 06, 2006 at Leonard Funeral Home - Edgewood, IA and after 9:30 am Friday at the church.
Funeral Service: 10:30 AM July 07, 2006 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Colesburg, IA
Interment: July 07, 2006 at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Colesburg, IA

Joann Mary Helle, 77, of Colesburg died July 4, 2006, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home of an extended illness. She was born September 2, 1928, at rural Colesburg where she grew up, the daughter of Ray and Hilda (Bruggeman) Hogan. She was educated and graduated from Colesburg High School. Joann was united in marriage to James Helle on October 17, 1950. They were married fifty-five years. To this union five children were born. Joann was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Colesburg. During her lifetime, along with being a full time homemaker and a partner in their farming operation, she was also employed by Ertls in Dyersville and Clayton County DHIA. Joann loved family activities, especially time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed golfing, crocheting, cards, traveling with friends and Hawkeye parties. She is survived by her husband James Helle of Colesburg, children, Barbara (Layton) Hansel of Greeley, Sharon (Michael) Schmelzer of Garnavillo, Gordon (LouAnn) Helle of Elkader, Sandy (Randy) Backes of Edgewood and Steve (Shelly) Helle, of Colesburg; sixteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three brothers, Vincent (Helen) Hogan of Luxemburg, Jack (Carolyn) Hogan of Colesburg and Phil (Deanna) Hogan of New Vienna and a sister, Ellen (Laverne) Domeyer of Petersburg. Joann was preceded in death by her parents. - 2007-01-05