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Tillie J. Helgerson

ROCK VALLEY, IOWA – Tillie J. Helgerson, 95, of Rock Valley, passed away of natural causes on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.

   Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time.  A private family graveside service will take place on Monday, April 20, 2020 at the Valley View Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Verlyn Boone of the First Reformed Church officiating. The family is planning to have a public memorial service at a later date. The family prefers memorials in Tillie’s name be directed to the First Reformed Church 1501 16th Street in Rock Valley. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

   She is survived by her 4 loving children, James (Penny), Roger (Dee), Carol Carter (Dan), Anne Sneller (Allan); 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Alice Hanson of Casper, Wyoming and Kay DeVos of Rock Valley, Iowa.

   Tillie worked over 30 years in food service at Rock Valley Public School while working several other jobs to provide for her family. She volunteered at the Senior Citizen’s Center and at 1st Reformed Church, where she was a faithful member for 70 years. She loved stitching beautiful gifts for family and friends and playing cards and games. Tillie was happy to spend her last 6 years at Whispering Heights Nursing Home under the loving care of their fantastic staff.

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Thoughts and Prayers to you and your family for your loss of your mom. She was a great lady I met her through my grandma Francis Klein that lived in Rock Valley. They was close friends years ago. Hugs to you all thinking of your guys Willy and Sandy Pedro Sheldon,Ia

Sandy Pedro Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

Tillie Helgerson family:

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Your mother was an extraordinary Lady. We will all miss her very much.
Darlene Helgerson Schwartz

Darlene Helgerson Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

Tillie was a wonderful person. She had to be a great mother because of the wonderful children she raised. I also respected her for being such a hard worker. Tillie was also a great "foster mom" to so many Hope Haven clients. She had so much patience and love. Was she ever without that smile? My sympathy to all of you - Jim, Roger, Caroline and Ann and families. God gave her many good years, but it will still be a hard loss for many people!

Freida Vander Sluis Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

Carol & family, Just looking at the smile on her face brought back memories. I did not eat in the cafeteria very often, but i remember Tillie!!!!!! She was always smiling. She was a very kind and gentle soul. Whenever I was in Rock Valley and heard her name - it brought a smile to my face. I'm so sorry for your lost. You are all in my prayers.

Bonnie Buma Apr 19 2020 12:00 AM

We were saddened to hear of Aunt Tillies passing. But also happy she is out of pain and in heaven now living with our Lord and Savior. Our prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Stay safe everyone. Love Barb and Murry.

Barb and Murry Van Dyke Apr 18 2020 12:00 AM

Roger and Dee, please accept our sincere condolences on your mother's passing. We we keep you in our thoughts over the coming months.

Tim and Sandi McDonald Apr 18 2020 12:00 AM

I was able to participate in playing games with Tillie at Whispering Heights with my Hope Haven clients. She was such a joy and so patient with the clients. She was a great lady! She will be missed!

Stephanie Apr 17 2020 12:00 AM