February 15, 1929 - November 15, 2021
Puyallup, Washington - Helen was born in Grant County South Dakota on February 15, 1929 to Loarf and Hilda Westphal the fourth of 11 children. She met and married Wayne Wilke on November 29, 1949 and resided in Murdock Minnesota with his family on their farm. They moved their growing family to Washington in 1965.
Helen raised her 8 children and was a much-loved grandmother and great grandma as well. She was renown for her cooking and baking skills, with neighborhood kids always looking for a treat. Her grandchildren recount learning their ABC's, math tables, and reading when visiting their beloved grandma. She loved teaching her family how to bake her goodies.
Upon Wayne's retirement they moved from Tacoma to the Summit area where Helen baked her "goodies" and tended her flowers. After Wayne's passing in 2002 she moved to the Midland area and most recently lived at her daughter's home in South Hill where she passed away. Her death leaves a big hole in her families' hearts, and she will be missed by one and all. Rest in peace Mama.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Arthur (Bud) Westphal, James Westphal, Robert Westphal and sisters Loretta Theline and Margaret Jensen. She is survived by her children Carol Johnson (Terry), Gary Wilke, Connie Junge (Jim), Randy Wilke (Becky), Judy Bruns (Herb), Debbie Blum, Roni Wilke, and Scott Wilke. Surviving siblings include Ruth Schliep, Jean Carstens, Elaine Mohr, Mavis Mohr, and Marilyn Windholz. Grandchildren include Amy Roosa (Jason), Brynn Brady (Joe), Mike Junge (Angela), Jennifer Junge, Patrick Junge (Erika), Matt Wilke (Candace), Mary Martin (Dean), Christian Blum, Kate Estrada (Victor), Alyssa Wilke, Andrew Wilke, and Claire Wilke. Helen also had 15 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Services will be held on Friday, November 26th @ 11:00 am at St John of the Woods Catholic Church located at 9903 24th Ave E. Masks will be required for all attending. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice
Published by News Tribune (Tacoma) on Nov. 24, 2021.