Helen Marie Driscoll, 89,
of Marion, passed away on Mother's Day, May 13, 2018,
at Mercy Hallmar Residential Center, Cedar Rapids. A parish vigil service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. The family will greet friends after the vigil service until
7 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marion. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Helen was born Jan. 11, 1929, in Solon, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Anna Marie (Svoboda) Zajicek. She graduated from McKinley High School in Cedar Rapids. She went to nursing school at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. She became a nurse at Mercy Medical Center, where she met her husband, Tom. On Nov. 17, 1951, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, they were united in marriage. When she stopped working as a nurse, she cared for her own 10 kids and neighbors, with a quick Band-Aid or a cookie, depending upon the damage. Helen spent her retirement traveling with Tom in their motorhome. She loved to fly above the clouds. Their soaring took them to Taiwan, Hawaii and the South Pacific. Helen loved the white sands of Florida and the forest of Palisades. She lived with grace and an abundance of faith. This tiny woman could instigate people to rise and dance and realize life was fun. She taught us to leave this world with a smile, some dancing and a half a beer. Helen leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew her, and faith in a beautiful place beyond her pain .. where she laughs and dances again.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by her children, Marian (Mike) Loeffler, Wanda (Vance) Gordon, Gary (Lin) Driscoll, Carol (Brian) Davis, Joan (Steve) Forsyth, Brenda (Scott) Bertrand, Gregg (Kim) Driscoll, Brian (Sue) Driscoll and Sheila (Paul) Speral; son-in-law, Roy Rhodes; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews who were dear to her heart.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tom; daughter, Linda Rhodes; grandson, Jacob Driscoll; four brothers, Frank Zajicek Jr., Clarence Zajicek, Leonard Zajicek and Joseph Zajicek; and two sisters, Cecilia Scott and Betty Hamm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Helen's memory may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Hospice of Mercy.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Hallmar for the love, care and compassion they gave to Helen.
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