Obit: Vircks, Helen A. (1889 - 1932)
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----Sources: WEEKLY CLARION (Dorchester, Clark Co., WI) 08/19/1932

Vircks, Helen A. (24 MAR 1889 - 17 AUG 1932)

Funeral services for Mrs. M.E. Vicks, who passed away at Memorial Hospital at Wausau last Wednesday evening, were held Saturday afternoon at the home at 1:30 and at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 2:00 with Rev. J. Brandt officiating. Burial took place in the Memorial Cemetery with Wm. Kuehl, E.G. Beisner, John Habeck, Martin Parsons, Carl Harder, Albert Bischoff, Chas. Lindboe, and Herman Holtz acting as pallbearers.

Helen Augusta Stahnke was born March 24, 1889 at Stetsonville, the daughter of Charles and Amelia (Bendin) Stahnke and was 43 years, 4 months and 23 days old at time of death. She grew to womanhood there and on June 8, 1910, she was united in marriage to Max E. Vircks, of the same village. The Vircks spent their first five years of married life in Athens, moving to Dorchester (Clark Co., Wis.) in 1916. To this union three sons were born, who with their father, mourn the loss of a dearly beloved wife and mother. About a year and a half ago Mrs. Vicks became ill and the cause was diagnosed as cancer. Since that time everything possible was done to conquer the disease and allay her suffering, and the end came quietly after she had been in the Wausau Memorial Hospital a few weeks.

Besides her husband she leaves three sons, Clarence, Lester, and Marvin, her father, Chas. Stahnke, two sister, Mrs. George Platteter, Stetsonville, Mrs. Ray Crook, Milwaukee, and one brother, Theodore Stahnke, Interwald.

A quiet lovable lady whose place in her home as a wife, mother, and neighbor can never be filled, Mrs. Vircks will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. In church work as well, her sweet disposition and untiring efforts leaves a place that only time can erase. Her knowledge of the end only made her the sweeter and move lovable and gave her strength of Christian fortitude that can come only to those who have placed all in the Master’s hands. The actual loss is bitter to accept, yet with the passing of the temporal body her many thoughtful deeds of motherly and wifely love shall live in the hearts of those left behind and her spirit shall continue to guide and influence with the same loving hand. She is gone from this world to a better one where she but waits the day for the family circle to be complete once more. In truth her faith has made it possible to say "She is not dead, she sleeps in the arms of her Savior."

The host of friends join us in offering the hand of sympathy and fellowship to the mourning ones in this dark hour.

Out of town relatives and friends present for the services were Mrs. Ray Crook and daughter, June, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Bendin and son, Art, Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Sonneman, Mrs. Herman Boltz, and Mrs. Herman Korff, Watertown, Mrs. Herman Schuett, Neosho, Miss Anna and Herman Bischoff, Miss Luella and Myron Schwanke and Henry Lorenz, Fountain City, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Stahnke and family Interwald, Mr. and Mrs. George Platteter and family, Stetsonville, Mr. and Mrs. Opdycke, Mrs. Stabnow and Mrs. John Meng, Greenwood, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mueller, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Vircks, Athens and a host of other friends and relatives from Stetsonville, Athens, Abbotsford and Dorchester, Wis.



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