Helen A. Faber, age 91, of Urbank, died Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Urbank with Fr. Peter VanderWeyst officiating. Music is provided by organist, Becky Koep, church choir, and vocalist, Dedra Zwieg. Burial is at the church cemetery.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.
Helen Ann Faber was born July 23, 1923, on the same farm and the same house that was homesteaded and built by her grandparents who had emigrated from Germany. Being the youngest of 11 children, she spent most of her life on the family farm taking care of her parents Peter and Emma (Hartman) Faber and her brothers. Helen was a strong woman who didn't believe in any type of self-indulgence, but a disciplined life working in every area of the farm as did many women of her day. However, she always found time for the sporting dogs and the horses that were used in the fields of that era where her beloved peacocks and chickens roamed free. Helen was always very close to her church, the Sacred Heart Church of Urbank. She took care of the blessed virgin grotto next to the church for many years planting and maintaining the flowers, working with the other ladies on church bazaars, quilting projects, and helping to keep the church altar beautiful. She was blessed with good health for most of her life, having never seen a doctor until she was 91 years old. However, because of arthritis, she remained at home the last seven years and was attended by three devoted health care workers, Patti Hanson, Teck Ratajesak, and Julie Anderson. They brought her great joy, laughter, and contact with the outside world. Birds became her passion, so they established a bird complex outside her window. Patti stated Helen gave much more to them in words of wisdom, encouragement and help about life's problems. She will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, Leo Faber, Ed Faber, Pete Faber, Joe Faber, Tony Faber, Nick Faber and Al Faber; three sisters, Marie Wright, Anna Faber and Della Krassas; and niece, Louise Faber Hawkinson; and two nephews, Ray Faber and Chuck Wright.
Helen is survived by her two sisters-in-law, Esther Faber of Alexandria and Alvina Faber of Miltona; 24 nieces and nephews, Jim Krassas, Helene Krassas Morrell, Bernard Faber, Kenneth Faber, Emily Faber, Hank Faber, Ricky Faber, Hilda Faber Johnson, Jimmy Faber, Freddy Faber, Allen Faber, Judy Faber Woodle, Barbara Faber Kuhl, Marvin Wright, Ray Wright, Kay Wright, Johnny Faber, Billy Faber, Roseann Faber, Dorothy Faber Johnson, Irene Faber Remarke, Pauline Faber Roy, Margaret Faber Maahs, and Theresa Faber Anderson; along with numerous great-nieces and nephews.