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Helen V. Fadenrecht

d. June 2, 2019

Hillsboro – Helen V. Fadenrecht, 96, died June 2, 2019 at Salem Home in Hillsboro.  She was born June 11, 1922 to Charlie and Caroline  (Seibel) Faul in Harvey, North Dakota.  She married Edwin J. Fadenrecht October 1, 1944 in Harvey, North Dakota.  Survivors include: son, Kirby (Donna) Fadenrecht of Hillsboro; daughter, Willa Jean (Ken) Reddig of Pinawa, Manitoba, Canada; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; brother, LeRoy Faul, (passed away June 12, 2019) Anamoose, N.D.  Predeceased by husband, Edwin J. Fadenrecht in 2010.  Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. June 29, 2019 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.  Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. June 28, 2019 at Hillsboro M.B. Church in Hillsboro.  Interment 10:00 a.m. June 29, 2019 at Hillsboro M.B. Church cemetery in Hillsboro.  Memorials to Tabor College designated for the Edwin J. and Helen V. (Faul) Fadenrecht Endowment Fund For Vocal Music Participation in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com

Life Sketch Taken From The Funeral Bulletin

            Helen Viola was born on June 11, 1922, the 7th child of Charlie F. and Caroline (Seibel) Faul, on the farm in Sheridan County, 15 miles south of Harvey, North Dakota.


            She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at Daily Vacation Bible School in 1936.  At age 14, she was baptized in the Coal Mine Lake nearby and joined the Harvey Country Church with Peter Wiens as pastor.


            As mom recalls, she loved being outside, spending more of her days helping there, rather than inside, and she considered herself a “tomboy”.  She attended a one room country school 1 ½ miles south of the farm to which she walked unless it was bad weather.


            After mom finished her 8th grade education, she went to work.  She really had wanted to go to high school, but she needed to earn money instead.  Her working career consisted of domestic labor, switchboard operator in Martin, N.D. and work at the Sweetheart Bakery in Minot, N.D.


            In 1942, she attended the Mennonite Brethren Bible Camp which was held at the Nazarene Camp grounds in Sawyer, N.D., where she met Edwin J. Fadenrecht at the water pump.  They were united in marriage on October 1, 1944, in the Harvey Country Church with Louie Seibel officiating. She then moved 120 miles away to join dad on his farm 8 miles NE of Munich, N.D., where they worked and farmed together for 44 years.


            On a snowy day, September 28, 1945, Willa Jean was born. In 1948 all decked out with a brand new maroon Plymouth, Edwin, Helen, Willa and mom’s sister, Alyce, circled the United States on a trip that lasted 3 months.  Mom called it their “Honeymoon”.  On December 8, 1955, Kirby Rae arrived to complete the family.


            Mother settled in as housewife, mother, gardener, farmer, seamstress and a great cook.  She loved flowers and grew lots of them.  She loved gardening and always had a large productive one. She milked cows and helped dad run a mini-dairy.


            She and dad became heavily involved in the Rosehill M.B. Church music ministry.  She supported dad in every way she could with the music program at church and with the farming.  Since mom has always loved children and was a bit of a magnet to them, she taught the Nursery Sunday School for many years. She also became very involved in many community activities.


            In 1983, mom was named the Cavalier County Farm Woman of the Year.  This was a great honor to her.  The painting that she received as part of the award had a prominent place in their home for many years.


            In 1988, Mom and Dad retired from farming and moved to Hillsboro, Kansas.  There they babysat their grandchildren part-time and participated whole heartedly in the Hillsboro M.B. Church, Tabor College and the local community. She participated in her Sunday School Class as treasurer, quilted every Tuesday at church and folded church bulletins till age 92.  She loved attending the Learning in Retirement Programat Tabor College, making and frying vereneka for the yearly MCC sale, and Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair, and helped out wherever she could.  She cared for Dad during his stay in the nursing home, visiting him every day and towards the end, helping feed him. 


            Mom enjoyed people, entertaining, cracking “jokes”, laughing and playing board games.  She always enjoyed excellent health until her fall in Morden, Manitoba, Canada, at her granddaughter’s home, one week before her 90th birthday.  After a few more falls and a fractured femur, she moved into Salem Home in September 2015.  She continued to have relatively good health until September 12, 2018, when she experienced a heart attack causing her heart to operate at only about 25%, but from which she rallied.  In February 2019, she incurred a respiratory infection and rallied again.  Noticeable changes in her breathing, energy and speech began May 26.  The Lord quietly called her home on Sunday afternoon June 2 with her niece, Cleobeth (Klein) Friesen, at her side praying for her and reading Psalms aloud to her.


            Helen is survived by daughter Willa, (husband Ken Reddig), granddaughter Chantel Reddig and her children Alexandra and Cole Zwiep, grandson Lamont Reddig (wife Dori Hamm), and their children Karolina and Teo Reddig; son Kirby, (wife Donna Rhodes), granddaughter Risa (Fadenrecht) Bennett (husband Ryan Bennett), grandson Macy Fadenrecht (wife Kayla Baum) and their children Hudson and Haven Fadenrecht.  One brother LeRoy (passed away June 12, 2019), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and cousins.


            Preceding her in death were her parents, Charlie F. and Caroline Faul; husband Edwin J. Fadenrecht, brothers: Artvin, Tony, Leander, Gideon, Robert, John, Bennie and Lawrence; sisters: Loretta, Linda, Hilda, Carolyn, JoAnn and Florence; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, several nephews and great nephews.


            Helen loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with her whole heart.  She read and studied the Bible as long as she was able.  She was an ardent prayer warrior, praying almost constantly for her family and many friends and acquaintances.  Her prayers were long and sincere as she laid her petitions before the Lord.  She looked forward to the day she would be with Jesus in heaven.  We are so happy she can be with her Lord, at last. “And so shall we ever be with the Lord.”  I Thessalonians 4:17


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3 thoughts on “Helen V. Fadenrecht

  1. To the family of Helen, I know loss is difficult, however, our God will be close to and will never leave you! Love & prayers! Mary

    • Thank you for your kind words, Mary. Mom was everyone’s sweetheart. She is laughing with Jesus now. So thankful for the heritage she passed on to us.

  2. I loved her so much!I enjoyed taking care of her.If you were having a bad day she would always put a smile on your face she was funny and loved a good conversation.

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