Carol (nee Glasshoff) Helmer, age 86, went to eternal peace while at The Residence in Oshkosh, WI on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 with family by her side.
She was born at ThedaClark Hospital in Neenah, WI on September 21, 1936 to Ernest “Ernie” and Nelda (nee Thorson) Glasshoff. Carol grew up and lived most of her life in the Fox Valley area, mainly Winneconne and Oshkosh. She briefly lived in Wichita, KS in her adult life. She graduated from Winneconne High School and soon married Ellwyn “Al” Helmer. They were married 65 years. They had five daughters. Family was very important to Carol and so was her faith. She was baptized, confirmed, and married in the Lutheran faith. She attended St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winneconne and later when they moved to Oshkosh, she became a member of Zion Lutheran Church. She became involved with the Sunday School and youth groups while her children were growing up.
Carol worked various jobs during her lifetime. She was a skilled secretary, medica center specialist; worked at Western State Bank (later named M&I Bank) while earning a banking degree and later finished up her working career as an Accounts Payable office worker for Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum). She enjoyed being a mother, sewing, quilting, gardening, traveling, cooking, Bingo, and playing cards. She even sewed Barbie Doll clothes for her girls. Many family members were the recipients of her beautifully made with love quilts and Afghans. While she wasn’t busy with the above, she would try to watch her beloved Packers and attend Family sports events.
Carol is survived by her sister, Judy (Guy) Poisson; daughters, Deb (Steve) Jungwirth, Sharon Schrank, Sue (Bob) Green, and Laura Rebeck; grandchildren, Jeremy (Erin) Jungwirth, Amanda (Russ) Bernal, Stacey Jungwirth, Joshua (McKenzie) Berndt, Ryan (Katie LaCombe) Berndt, Danielle Canchola, Stephanie (Greg) Brooks, Robbie Gorschels, Corey (Rachel Davis) Berndt, Linsey Schrank, and Matthew Rebeck; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; sister-in-law, Char (Jeff) Zielieke; brothers-in-law, Ben (Virginia Wodjac) Helmer and Norm (Anne) Helmer and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernie and Nelda Glasshoff; her in-laws, Carol and Fern Helmer; sister and brother-in-law, Lyla and Ozzie Hanold; brothers-in-law, Robert, DuWayne, Dave Helmer and Dave Grainger; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Grainger and Judy Clere; daughter, Pattie Berndt; sons-in-law, Keith Schrank, Dennis Berndt, and Jerry Rebeck.
A celebration of Carol’s life will be held at Zion Lutheran, 400 N. Sawyer St., Oshkosh, WI on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 with visitation beginning at 9:00am and lasting until time of service at 11:00am. Memorials may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church.
The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy’s Wound Clinic, Eden Meadows, The Residence, ADRC and Compassus Hospice for taking such compassionate care of our mother. The family would like to further thank Pastor Jeffrey Knoll for his time and caring comfort shown to us all.
Your family will miss you mom so much, but we know that you are at peace with Dad, Pattie and all our other family members there to greet you. We were truly blessed to have you as long as we did here. Go Pack Go! All the way to the Super Bowl!