Helen Margaret Jersey age 78 went to her heavenly home Saturday November 23, 2013. A mass of Christen burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday November 30, 2013 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Stevens Point. Rev. Todd Mlsner will officiate. Burial will be in the Guardian Angel Cemetery. Friends and family will gather to share memories from 4:00 - 8:00 PM on Friday at the Shuda funeral chapel in Stevens Point. A general rosary will be prayed at 6:30 PM at the funeral chapel. Visitation will also take place from 10:00 - 10:45 AM on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials for breast cancer and Alzehimer's disease research will be established in Helen's name.
Helen was born on May 7, 1935 in Clintonville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Herbert and Ella (Fredrick) Bovee. She graduated from Clintonville High School in 1953. During her time there she was involved in several organizations and elected to leadership roles in some. She especially enjoyed participation in class plays and all aspects of any available musical activities. Her love of music continued throughout her life. On August 4,1956 she married the love of her life, Joseph Ralph Jersey, a close friend while growing up at St. Rose Catholic Church in Clintonville.
Helen attended Wisconsin State Teachers College graduating in 1957 with a degree in elementary education. After her youngest child was in first grade Helen began her career at McKinley school in Stevens Point, teaching second grade for the next 30 years. Helen truly loved every minute of her work and had a warm place in her heart for every child in her class. Students and parents felt that she was special and was very much appreciated by those she touched. Helen often said "Every child in my class is going to feel successful every day". Helen had a patient, loving and caring demeanor and wanted to make a positive difference in every student's life. Helen retired in 1999.
Helen enjoyed playing the piano and singing with her children. She especially enjoyed singing with the church choir at Sunday Mass, funerals and holidays. She loved holiday seasons and her house was decorated inside and out like a wonderland. She deeply valued her growing family of son-in-laws and grandchildren. Helen was always a very loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her quiet, patient and gentle ways are family legend.
Summer camping was a very great treat for Helen which she did often with her husband. This was a time for taking walks and then relax by reading and listening to music at the camp fire with her dogs by her side and spoiling them with treats.
Helen is survived by her husband Joe, 5 children: Michael, Stevens Point, WI; Debra (Fred) Hoerter, Plover WI; Marie (Gary) Schrank, Coon Rapids, MN; Kathy (Ron) Holets, Rochester, MN; Mary (Howard) Clapp, Ozark, MO. and thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. Helen was preceded in death by her parents and her only sibling, Phyllis.
A very special thanks to her good, kind and faithful friend Ruth Lindstrom who helped make her last years at home happy and meaningful in many ways. Thanks also to Maple Ridge Memory Care of Plover whose caring staff looked after Helen's needs, however difficult, so lovingly during her last two and three fourths years of her life there. Heartland Hospice's assistance and compassion during the final weeks is also very much appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.Shudafuneral.com.
Shuda Funeral Chapel
3200 Stanley St Stevens Point, WI 54481
Published in Stevens Point Journal from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2013