Helen Schoenbohm

Helen L. Schoenbohm

Wednesday, August 30th, 1922 - Monday, November 4th, 2019
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Helen L. Schoenbohm, 97, of Atlantic, formerly of Wiota, passed away November 4, 2019, at Heritage House in Atlantic.

Helen Lorraine was born on August 30, 1922, at home northeast of Cumberland, Iowa, the daughter of Roy Harold and Gladys (Tracy) Spies. She was baptized and confirmed at the Pine Grove Methodist Church in Massena. Helen attended rural school near Cumberland and graduated from Cumberland High School with the Class of 1939.

On March 16, 1940, she was united in marriage to Gilbert Harold Schoenbohm in Maryville, Missouri, and to this union four children were born, Harold, Sandra, Nedra, and Dennie. She was a farm wife working alongside Gib on the farm and raising their children. Helen was a master gardener always having a large flower and vegetable garden. She canned and froze countless quantities of her harvest. They treasured life on the farm until they moved to Heritage House on January 3, 2015. Gib died on October 2, 2017.

Helen was a member of First Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School for many years and was a member of the Ladies Aid Society. Helen loved to play cards and was a member of a neighborhood card club; 500, Hand and Foot, Pitch, and Pinochle were a few of her favorites. Helen played a large part in her kids 4-H experience; volunteering as a leader while they were growing up. Gib and Helen enjoyed camping and traveling south for the winter with their good friends. She enjoyed sewing and took time to teach her daughters. Most of all she cherished the time she spent with her family.

Helen is survived by her children, Harold Schoenbohm of Council Bluffs, Sandra Bowers of Wichita, Kansas, and Nedra (Delbert) Elmquist of Hamlin; seven grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren; sister, Jean Henkenius of Cumberland; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert “Gib” Schoenbohm; son, Dennie Schoenbohm; grandson, Russell Bowers; her parents; daughter-in-law, Mary Schoenbohm; son-in-law, Arnold Edwards; brothers, Allen Spies and Durward Spies; sisters-in-law, Louise Kloppenburg, Viola Dreager, Ruby Schoenbohm, and Hazel Schreiner.

Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2019, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.

A Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the First Lutheran Church, south of Wiota, with Pastor Mike Bodkins officiating. Burial will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery, south of Wiota.

Memorials are preferred to the First Lutheran Church of Wiota or the Heritage House Good Samaritan Fund.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Helen’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.


Helen L. Schoenbohm

August 30, 1922 - Cumberland, Iowa

November 4, 2019 - Atlantic, Iowa
At the age of
97 years, 2 months & 6 days

11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019
First Lutheran Church - Wiota, Iowa

Pastor Mike Bodkins

Jan Steffens

“Your Long Journey” recorded by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
“Lift High the Cross” #837
“Amazing Grace” #744
“Onward Christian Soldiers” #662

Jerry Edwards
Charles Edwards
Mike Schoenbohm
Ed Kemp
Curt Bowers
Mike Shetlar

Pam Tibken
Martha Tibken
Kim Tibken

First Lutheran Cemetery - Wiota, Iowa

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church or
the Heritage House Good Samaritan Fund

Please join the family for lunch in the church
fellowship hall following the services at the cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Roland Funeral Service
    204 E. 5th St.
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Wiota First Lutheran Church
    70139 Memphis Road
    WIOTA, IA 50274
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    Pastor Mike Bodkins
  • Interment

    Wiota First Lutheran Cemetery
    70139 Memphis Road
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  • Reception

    Wiota First Lutheran Church
    70139 Memphis Road
    WIOTA, IA 50274
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Vicki Heiken

Posted at 09:33am
I have such fond memories of Gib and Helen, well.....Gib always scaring me😆 and Helen always smiling. My mom would pack her ironing and me and we would go to Helens so they could iron together. It was always a good time, they were certainly best friends. Helen was always there at church and Sunday School too, where we spent lots of time together. Thinking of you and your family, they’ll forever be a good memory in my heart.

Pam Schlotzhauer

Posted at 06:18pm
Helen was a special lady and I enjoyed spending time with her. My sympathies to the family for your loss.

Vicki DeVoss

Posted at 10:07pm
My condolences to the family of Helen Schoenbohm. I remember as a child the Tracy picnics and all these wonderful Tracy women related to my mom and grandma Nell. As a child I remember both Helen and Gib as being friendly and joking with even shy kids like me. After my father died in 1979 and mom Hillis moved to Atlantic, her employer joked she had to have more cousins than anyone he ever met as they often came to Ben Franklin where she worked to have lunch together. She enjoyed time with Helen and Gib. So did I on every visit to Iowa. They were so kind and fun-loving no matter what happened. Neither of them will ever be really gone as they are people who live in the memories of many of us. I am sad I won't share any more good times with them but so grateful for knowing them both.

Love, Sis. (Linda J Kemp)

Posted at 06:41pm
With deepest sympathy,
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Laurie Hockenberry

Posted at 02:20pm

My condolences to Helen's family. She was a wonderful lady who always had a smile on her face and a nice word for all. I had the pleasure of playing cards with Helen & Gib a few times. They were both lovely people. May she rest in peace.

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