Helen Thatcher

Helen Marlene Thatcher

Monday, February 27th, 1933 - Sunday, November 17th, 2019
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Helen Marlene Thatcher passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019 after a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Helen was born on February 27,1933, to Madeline and Ralph Wheeler in Austin, MN. Helen grew up in Austin, MN and graduated from Austin High School in 1951. Helen met Robert Thatcher at the Austin Municipal swimming pool while in high school. After high school, Helen attended Williams Woods College in Missouri.

She and Robert married in 1952 and were married for 67 years. Following their wedding, Helen and Robert moved to Oklahoma where Robert graduated from Oklahoma University. They then returned to Austin, MN where Robert worked at Hormel. Helen was a member of Women’s Association Austin Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Star, Floral Club, PEO Chapter AQ, Book Club, and Collectors Club. She was an active bridge and mahjong player. She enjoyed golf, tennis, needlepoint and travel. Helen and Robert took their grandchildren on many trips around the United States and Europe. Helen and Robert went on trips around the world together over the course of their lives.

Helen will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, kindness, generosity, and love for her family.

She will be greatly missed and is survived by her husband, Robert, three children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren: Jerry Allen (Lu Ann) Thatcher and their son Jerry Robert; Jeffrey (Jeanne) Thatcher and their children Molly and Aaron Smolinski (Grant and Violet), Robert (Roberta) Thatcher (Ian and Rhys), and Ian Thatcher; Jayna (James) Heimark and their children Helen Ann and Craig Heimark.

A private service will be held for family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Helen’s name to the ALS Association at ALSA.ORG, by phone at (888) 949-2577 or by mail to The ALS Association PO Box 37022 Boone, IA 50037.

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Greg Grose

Posted at 07:47pm
Bob and family,
We are very sad to hear about the passing of my cousin, Helen. Your family is in our prayers during this difficult time. Helen was a very special person and we hope you find peace in the memories you have of her.

Ivanna , Alex, Liana and Sophia

Posted at 06:11pm
When someone you love becomes a MEMORY , the memory becomes a Treasure. With deepest sympathy.
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Bob Brinkman

Posted at 10:59pm
Dear Bob and Family,
We are so saddened and sorry for the loss of your dear wife and mother, Helen. She was such a kind and fun lady.
In this time of sadness, may you be comforted in the knowledge that others care and may your precious memories and the sympathy of friends help to comfort you at this time.
God Bless You All and may He give you extra strength through this difficult time.
With Concern and Friendship,
Bob & LaVonne Brinkman


Joseph Gosha

Posted at 06:17pm
I am sorry for your loss, and ask that God comfort you in your season of grief. Joe Gosha

Juana Cruz

Posted at 03:34pm
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (Romans 15:13; John 5:28, 29).

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