Hartl, Helen D.
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Helen D. Hartl, 75, a long time Loyal resident, entered Eternal Life on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, with family by her side. Services for Helen will be Saturday, February 23, 2013, at St Anthony's Church, in Loyal. Visitation is 9 a.m. until the service time at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Kaleb Miller, Will Sallee, Max Gillette, Eric Pagenkopf, Tyler Jasurda, and David Smazal. Honorary Pallbearer is in memory of Dustin Domine.
Helen was born April 17, 1937, in a log cabin, in Milladore, on Blueberry Rd. She graduated from Auburndale High school in 1955. Helen married Roy Hartl on October 5, 1955, in Blenker, a marriage of love of mutual trust and dedication. Helen and Roy first worked on Roy's parent's farm in Unity, until they moved to Loyal in 1958. Helen worked for 17 years at Loyal Foods and 18 years as the manager of Loyal Drug Store and retired in 1999. In their earlier years they enjoyed square dancing, bowling, softball, playing cards and always talking and laughing together. She also sang in the church Choir at St. Anthony's. After retirement she enjoyed her lifelong hobby since age 16 of playing the accordion; performing with many bands as they stayed in Arizona during the winter months. During the rest of the seasons in Wisconsin they enjoyed packing up their camper on weekends to go to the many polka festivals, where she played her accordion in polka bands. She had a love of flowers and gardening and shared that love with her two daughters and four granddaughters. Another one of her enjoyments were her grandchildren. She told them a story when they were very small of how her dad nicknamed her "Hiney". From that moment on her grandchildren affectionately called her Grandma Hiney. Her enjoyment of her grandchildren was shown by the many activities her and Grandpa Roy did with them; taking them every summer to Yogi Bear Campground for days of fun in the sun or bringing them along to their polka dances where they taught their granddaughters how to waltz and polka. She also delighted in watching her grandchildren playing their many sports; volleyball, basketball, softball, football and baseball and watching them grow up to marry and have children of their own as she relished her three great-grandchildren.
Helen struggled with several cancers in her lifetime and always had a positive attitude through all of them starting with Breast Cancer in 1975 & 1983, Ovarian, Uterine, and Endometrial Cancer in 1987, Lung Cancer in 2009 and with courage and dignity she lost the final fight to Brain and Spinal Fluid Cancer.
She is lovingly survived by her husband, Roy of 57 years; her two daughters and son-in-laws, Shelley and Randy Domine, Loyal and Jody and Kerry Smith, Loyal. Her five grandchildren and spouses, Shawna (Domine) and Max Gillette, Mosinee, Breanne (Miller) and Will Sallee, Roseville, MN, Paige (Miller) and Eric Pagenkopf, Loyal, Megan Domine and friend Tyler Jasurda, Marshfield and Kaleb Miller, Spencer. She also has three great-grandchildren Ava Holly and Reese Elizabeth Gillette and Wallace Kellan Sallee.
She is also survived by her two brothers, Vernon Smazal, Auburndale; and Frank (Edie) Smazal, Milladore; and eight sisters, Gertie Sazama, Athens; Frannie (Albert) Schill, Arpin; Marie (Hank) Eron, Stevens Point; Volly (Gary) Hendrickson, Spencer; Betty Schlafke, Sheboygan; Lila (Daryl) Stewart, Seversville, TN; Laurie (Dick) Raab, Appleton; and Bev Rawlings, Keil. She is also survived by her two brothers-in-law, Walt Hartl, Medford; and Robert (Nancy) Hartl, Marshfield; and one sister-in-law, Margie (Wayne) Schulz, Spencer; and 65 nieces and nephews
She is preceded in death by her two grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Dustin Kyle Domine (5 years old) and Holly Elizabeth Domine (10 months old); her parents, Frank and Mayme Smazal; her In-laws, Louis and Bessie Hartl; her brother, Marvin Smazal and two siblings in their youth, Jimmy and Vivian Smazal; her brothers-in-law, Joe Sazama, Norbert, Edward, Billy, and Louis Jr. Hartl, and her special sister-in-law/cousin Violet (Smazal) Hartl and special sister-in-law, Dorla Smazal.
Thank you to 8 North Palliative Care, To the House of the Dove, and a special thanks to Helen's Oncologist, Dr.William Hocking from the Marshfield Clinic who has been there for her since 1983 as Helen very much appreciated his kind and compassionate care.
As a wife, our mom, our Grandma Hiney we can only say we will miss you deeply. We will miss your sense of humor, miss your love of music, miss calling you up on the phone just to talk, miss the fun and laughter during our family get-togethers and when the spring flowers bloom there you will be. And with that said our hope is the following words for you: "When they lay my limbs in the earth, then shall I truly dance."
Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Feb. 21, 2013