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Helen Louise "Louise" Sierk

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Helen Louise Sierk "Louise" June 13, 1943- February 8, 2013 A child of God has gone home. Our sister, aunt and friend left this earth peacefully and suddenly of natural causes on February 8, 2013. Louise was born in Moline, Illinois to Marjorie H. and Lawrence A. Sierk. She moved with her family to Tucson, Arizona in 1949 and attended Sam Hughes elementary school, Mansfeld Junior High School and graduated in 1961 from Tucson High School. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Elementary Education. She was proud to have taught school for 35 years in San Bernardino, California. After her retirement Louise moved to Humboldt County to join her parents, who had previously retired in Fortuna, and her sister and her family. Louise always said that, even though she had no children of her own, she had thousands of "children" in the students that she taught. After she retired from Urbita Elementary school in San Bernardino she was still active in education as a substitute teacher enjoying the students she taught at Ambrosini School. She remembered all of her students and corresponded with many of them over the years. She was a very dedicated teacher and valued her calling to help form the many little lives that she touched. Louise was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, acted as the church librarian and was happy to help other members in any way she could. Louise loved music and singing in the choir. She was always happy and always willing to be helpful to anyone who needed her. Louise worked part time at the Antique Depot in Fortuna where she helped customers and did the bookkeeping. She loved to meet the customers and always had a smile for all of them. She was an active member of the Genealogy Club and worked diligently on her family chart. Louise was fond of telling of the family reunion she attended in Germany where she met and enjoyed many members of her family from Germany and the United States. She had continued a long distance connection with many of those family members via the internet. She loved her family and loved discovering her family history. She was on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Fortuna Library, attending meetings and helping with the annual book sale. Louise was a member of the Retired Teacher Association and she looked forward every year to working at the Little Red Schoolhouse at the Humboldt County Fair. She is survived by her sister Linda Mueller and husband Don and her sister Marsha Mather-Moreno and husband Jerry. She leaves her nieces and nephews Laurie Sutherland and husband Tracy, and Allison "Ahly" Mueller along with Diane Mather, James Mather, Jeffrey Mather, Deborah Mather and Jason Mather and their spouses and children. She loved them all. She is predeceased by her parents Larry and Marj Sierk And her niece Leslie Mueller. There will be a memorial service Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1444 Ross Hill Road in Fortuna with refreshments and storytelling to follow. Please join us in remembering Louise. Memorial donations may be made in the name of Louise Sierk, to the Friends of the Fortuna Library, 753 Fourteenth Street, Fortuna, California, 95540 or to a . Arrangements are under the care of Goble's Fortuna Mortuary, Fortuna, California. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standard.com, click obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, 2013
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