Helen Jane Stucy, 96, Bismarck, passed away peacefully January 18, 2016, at Sanford Health, Bismarck. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, January 22, 2016, at Faith Lutheran Church, 14th St. and Ave. C, Bismarck, with the Rev. Wes Aardahl officiating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the serve.
Helen was born in Towner, ND, October 17, 1919, to John and Amanda (Anderson) Schiele. She was raised and educated in Towner. On November 15, 1941, she married the love of her life, Charles Christian Stucy. They lived in a number of locations before settling in Bismarck. Growing up in Towner, Helen enjoyed helping with the family business and taking care of her brothers and sisters. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church choir in Towner, and enjoyed playing the piano by ear. Her father, John Schiele, was an accomplished accordion player and it is rumored that he played a time or two with Lawrence Welk in the early years.
Helen and her sister, Violet Rose, wrote and sang a jingle advertising their father’s business in Towner. She loved to reminisce about the dances she attended as a teenager and of how she taught the young men to dance.
Helen dedicated her life’s work to the raising and care of her family. She enjoyed cooking, flower gardening, attending her daughter’s events (none of which she ever missed), reading, keeping up with current events, participating in Faith Lutheran Bible study circles, teaching Sunday School at Faith Lutheran, and watching Lawrence Welk and polka parties on TV.
Helen was spirited and lively, outgoing, and had a generous heart. Before her husband’s death in 2007, Helen enjoyed going for drives and having coffee with him at Kirkwood Mall, as well as attending church services regularly at Faith Lutheran. Her grandsons, Christopher and Dustin Wolf, brought her immense joy, and she and Charles spent many years caring for them and attending their events.
She survived several medical challenges and was living independently in her home until September 2015, when she suffered a massive stroke. At that time, she was moved to St. Vincent’s Care Center, where she celebrated her 96th birthday and a joyous Christmas-even though debilitated slightly by her stroke, she still was excited to see her family, especially her grandsons. Helen taught us all a lesson on perseverance by her faith in God and strength of character.
Helen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Julie (Brian) Wolf, Bismarck; two grandsons and their fiancs, Christopher Wolf (Sarah Bohn) and Dustin Wolf (Katie Wiecks), all of Bismarck; one sister, Carol Solum, Rugby; one brother, Kenneth Schiele, Burlington; one sister-in-law, Valda Larson, Bismarck; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles; three sisters, Mavis Schiele, Norma Holmes and Violet Gessner; one brother, Ivan Schiele.
Memorials may be sent to Faith Lutheran Church.
Go to www.bismarckfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook or to send a message of condolence to the family.
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