Helen Josephine Rhoades(1926 - 2014)

Helen Josephine Rhoades


Helen J. Rhoades, 87, passed from this life on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale, Iowa. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.

Helen was born in Quincy, Illinois on September 15, 1926. She moved to Urbandale in 1956.

She worked at Sears, Roebuck & Co until she retired in 1993. She and Merlyn L. Rhoades married on September 14, 1971.

Helen's charm, humor and warmth will be missed by her husband of 42 years, Merlyn Rhoades of Urbandale; daughter Gail A. Fagen and her husband Giorgio Asproni of Cagliari, Italy; son Michael J. Fagen and his wife Diana K. Fagen of Ankeny; and brother, Alfred J. Ebbing; grandsons Robert J. and Matthew J. Fagen, and 3 great grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence Fagen; parents, Anna Mary and Bernard J. Ebbing, and sister, Bernice Ebbing.

The family wants to specially thank the staff of the Trinity Center at Luther Park. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church or the Trinity Center. Online condolences are welcomed at www.IlesCares.com.


Funeral Home

Iles Funeral Home - Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322
(515) 276-4567

Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 13, 2014