Helen Wirth, 83, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 2-5 PM at Hamilton's Funeral Home 3601 Westown Parkway, with Mass of Christian burial being held Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10 AM at St. Ambrose Cathedral 607 High St. Des Moines, with funeral Mass being held Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11 AM at St. Michael's Church 607 3rd St in Whittemore, Iowa, burial following at St. Michael's Cemetery.
Helen was born July 14, 1930 to James Leroy Farrell and Kathleen Ruth Walsh. She graduated from Presentation Academy in 1948 and went on to work in the accounting department with Farmer's Grain Dealers, eventually retiring from Cargill. She married, settling in the Des Moines area, and was blessed with many children and grandchildren. She belonged to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, lay associate with the School Sisters of St. Francis, and member of St. Ambrose and Sacred Heart parishes.
She is survived by her children Kathleen Holler, Carol (Roger) Ritter, Kevin Wirth, Tina (William) Merrill, Lutrica Wirth, Marsha (Tim) Klug, Kathleen (Ron) Kleywegt; grandchildren; Andrea, Sean, Samantha, Tiffany, Lucas, Richard, John, Evan, and Jacob; great grandchildren; Brandon, Bode, Jacksen; Sister, Emy Farrell, and brothers, Leo (Arddy) and Tom (JoAnn) Farrell. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, James and Kathleen, sisters, Mary and Celine; brothers, Kenneth and James.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Ambrose Maintenance Fund or St. Michael's Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneral Home.com