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Helen Schoeneck - Departed on Feb 18, 2019 - Green Bay, WI
Helen Schoeneck - Departed on Feb 18, 2019 - Green Bay, WI

Helen Schoeneck

Born in Elcho, WI on Nov 04, 1918

Died on Feb 18, 2019 and resided in Green Bay, WI

Our mother was born on November 4, 1918 to Jess and Alvina nee Lee Olmsted in Elcho, WI. She was named Alvina Cecilia after her mother who passed away the next day during the Spanish Flu Epidemic. She became a child of God at her baptism on November 11, 1918. This was Armistice Day marking the end of World War I. Her future husband was ringing the church bell a few miles away to commemorate the end of the war but years later he would tell her it was because he was rejoicing in her baptism.

Mom’s brother Charles and sister Bernice went to live with relatives, Louis and Louise Boettcher in Elcho. Tiny baby Alvina went to live with the doctor and his wife. At the age of nine months she was adopted by friends of the family, Louis and Laura Tessendorf. Her first train ride was from Elcho to her new home in Antigo. Tessendorf’s renamed her Helen Louise.

Helen attended grade school and high school in Antigo, graduating with the class of 1937. She still had her Senior Yearbook 81 years later!

By now, Helen knew that Charles and Bernice were her siblings. Bernice introduced her to Reinhard Schoeneck. Reiny, as he was known by family and friends was a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WELS) in Theinsville, WI. He had served at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New London, WI upon his graduation. As an adult, Helen confessed her faith in her Lord and was confirmed at the Lutheran Church. Helen and Reiny were married on June 25, 1939 at St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church in Deerbrook, WI. They moved to Rice Lake, WI where they lived in a small apartment and Reiny served as pastor at the Lutheran Church.

Helen was Reiny’s faithful helper as he also served churches in Plum City, West Allis, Coleman, WI, and finally near New Ulm, MN. On Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1962, Reiny suffered a massive and fatal heart attack.

Sons David and Jonathan were born in Plum City and daughter Lois in West Allis. After Reiny’s death, Helen moved her young family into New Ulm. She was just 44 years old with David 16, Jon almost 14, and Lois 10. Mom spent countless hours with me (Lois) at Mayo Clinic, hospital stays, and for my surgeries. While living in New Ulm our home was always open to our many friends that attended high school and Dr. Martin Luther College. Mom considered them her “adopted” children and have stayed in touch with them over the years.

Helen worked various jobs in New Ulm, the longest as office and medical assistant for a lady podiatrist. With her children off on their own, Helen moved to Appleton, WI in 1977 to be closer to her sister. There she earned her Certified Nursing Assistant degree and worked doing home health care until she was 85 years old. Helen would say she took care of “old” people who were often younger than she was!

In 2006, Helen moved to Green Bay to be closer to daughter Lois and son-in-law, Bruce. Until her heart attack on February 6th, she lived independently in her apartment at Moraine Ridge. Being the oldest member of the congregation, she faithfully attended services and Bible Class at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Lois and Bruce.

Mom was blessed to turn 100 on November 4, 2018. Over 75 family members and friends attended her birthday party. My brothers and I shared our favorite memories of Mom. Family and friends sang “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” a favorite song sung to her by Reiny years ago. Mom’s humor was strong to the end. Shortly before her party I was filling out some paperwork concerning her health. We discussed the Do Not Resuscitate order. Mom said it was fine to leave it because she had lived a long life and was ready to meet her Savior. A few seconds later she said, “Unless it’s the day before my party!”

During her 100-year lifetime, Mom has been, in her own quiet and unassuming way, a beacon of Christian faith and strength for her family, a kind and loving role model to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and a true and faithful friend to many. Matthew 25:23 “Well done, good and faithful servant.” To God be the Glory!

Helen was preceded in death by her birth and adopted parents, husband Reinhard, her brother Charles, her sister Bernice and husband Pastor Henry Pussehl, many brothers and sisters-in-law, her first son (a stillborn), and two grandsons Matthew and Mark Reineck. Helen is survived by son David and Carol of West St. Paul, MN, son Jonathan and Deborah of Jackson, WI, and daughter Lois and Bruce Reineck of De Pere, WI. She is further survived by grandchildren and great grandchildren: Katie Schoeneck of West St. Paul, MN; Joshua and Melanie Schoeneck of Jackson, WI and their children Elizabeth, Joel, Gabe, Faith, and Silas; Pastor Caleb and Mary Schoeneck of College Station, TX and their children Rachel, Katie, and Natalie; Christine (Reineck) and Josh Rowlands of Oshkosh, WI and their children Sarah and Robert Burger, Jenna and Tyler Rowlands; Coral (Reineck) and Jason Hildebrandt of Fort Collins, CO and their daughter Aspen. She is further survived by sister-in-law, Phyllis Schoeneck, many nieces and nephews, a special friend of 70 years, Marcia Schoessow, Mary Richter and many more of her “adopted” children, and many special friends.

The funeral service for Helen will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 514 S. Clay St., Green Bay. Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 AM with the service following at 11:00 AM conducted by Pastor Nathan Nass.

The family would like to thank Pastor Zabell and Pastor Nass for their prayers and support, the staff at Moraine Ridge, the many wonderful caring nurses at Bellin Hospital and Woodside Rehabilitation, Dr. Bozena Biernat, PA Beth Wagner and Cardiology Associates of Bellin Health and her very kind eye specialist Dr. Brian Perkovich.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the WELS Jesus Cares Ministry for people with special needs or to Martin Luther College (WELS), New Ulm, MN where son Jon and daughter Lois attended to become Lutheran School Teachers.


Funeral Service: Saturday Feb 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church

Visitation: Saturday Feb 23, 2019, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church

Served by Proko-Wall Funeral Director: Josh Vandenbush

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