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Esther Helle
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Esther Eva Helle, 82, of Manchester, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home.
She was born July 7, 1934, in Waterloo, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Wieferich) Lahr. Esther was raised and attended school in the Hopkinton area.
On April 28, 1953, Esther married the love of her life, Eugene Helle, at Sand Springs, Iowa. They farmed together for many years east of Dundee. Upon retirement, they moved to Manchester.
Esther was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She enjoyed playing cards and attending dances with Gene.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Gene Helle of Manchester; her siblings, Donna (Loras) Manternach of Masonville, Joyce (Clarence) Freisinger of Minnesota and Kenneth (Mary) Lahr of Delhi; and one sister-in-law, Joan Lahr of Hopkinton.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Richard Lahr, in infancy, and James Lahr; and her mother- and father-in-law, Anna Stacia and William Helle.
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Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, by the Rev. John Kremer and the Rev. Richard Gaul. Visitation: 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. A Scripture service will be at 2 p.m. Friends also may call from 9 until 10 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday. Interment: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Manchester.

Posted on Friday, 29 July 2016