Helen Jane Anholzer, age 95, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 13, 2023. She was born on February 3, 1928, in Kimberly, WI to Andrew and Gertrude (Busch) De Leeuw. On September 6, 1947, Helen married the love of her life Robert Anholzer when he returned from WWII. Together, they shared four children, enveloped another daughter from Nicaragua and shared many memories during their 52 years until his passing in 2009.
Helen enjoyed spending time with family at their cottage on Lake Metonga. She enjoyed fishing, doing crossword puzzles, taking cruises and travel. She and Bob travelled extensively during their lifetime with trips to Nicaragua and Europe, as well as stateside trips to Florida and to Saginaw MI to be with their honorary parish at St Joe’s.
Helen was a gifted cook, baker and confectioner- a role she developed in her large family growing up. She loved to bake, and the house always had desserts in process. During her later years, she taught her caregivers how to cook “the right way” sitting at the side of Helen who spent time showing them all the right techniques. She touched many lives with her "Dutch determination." She had an easy smile that lit up the room.
Helen is survived by her children: Tom (fiancée Linda Vaughan) Anholzer, Hortonville, Gary (Mary) Anholzer of Crandon, Karen (Fred) Stumpf of Darboy, Frida (Lee) Adrian of Darboy; grandchildren: Danielle (Kevin) Santry, Cole (Savannah) Anholzer, Olivia (special friend Pawan Benjamin) Stumpf, Helena Stumpf, Eric (Cecilia) Stumpf, Jason (Jen) Adrian, Vanessa (Brandon) Bennett, Marissa (Jeremy) Schiedemeyer and great grandchildren: Mason and Liam Santry, Clayton, Ella and Grayson Anholzer, Josiah Stumpf and Ruby Colquitt, Carson Adrian, and Aiden, Owen and Vera Bennett. She is further survived sisters: Margaret Willis, Pat Vande Hey, as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and of course her special Capuchin Sons.
Helen was preceded in passing by her husband, her parents, parents in law Elmer Anholzer and Mary (Gosser) Anholzer Dolven; and her son Father Dan Anholzer, OFM Cap, brothers and sisters: John (Vi) De Leeuw, Chris (Adeline) De Leeuw, Joe (Stella) De Leeuw, Jim De Leeuw, Andrew “Bud” (Joan) De Leeuw Jr., Katie (John) Van Beek, Mary (Earl) Deeg, Audrey (Bill) Hopsfensperger and brothers and sisters in law: Bob Willis, Jim Vande Hey, Phyllis (Mike) Goehler, William (Della) Anholzer, John (JoAnn) Anholzer, and Helen (Bob) Young.
The family would like to thank special Caregiver Tracy Bartlett from HomeInstead as well as special friend and caregiver Kathy Wells. In addition, special thanks to the staff at St Paul Elder Services and St Paul Hospice for their compassionate and loving care of mom these last years.
There will be a visitation for Helen on Tuesday June 27, 2023, at Wichmann Funeral Home-Jansen Fargo, 204 E Kimberly Ave, Kimberly, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm with a prayer service at 7:00pm. A funeral mass for Helen will take place on Wednesday June 28, 2023, at 11:00am at Holy Spirit Parish, 600 E Kimberly Ave, Kimberly, Friends and family may gather at the church from 9:00am until the start of mass. Helen will be laid to rest at Holy Name Cemetery, Kimberly.