Margaret M. “Margie” Helle

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Margaret M. “Margie” Helle, 79, of New Vienna, passed away Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at home, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 16, at Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 17, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, conducted by Rev. John O’Connor.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Margie was born July 7, 1938, in Dyersville, the daughter of Leonard J. and Charlotte C. “Lottie” (Bockenstedt) Keppler. She married Matthias “Matt” Helle on Sept. 22, 1959, in Edgewood. Together they farmed in the Guttenberg area and moved to New Vienna in 1992. After moving to New Vienna, she began cleaning at Hennessy Catholic School and later at New Vienna Mutual Insurance Company. She was a member of St. Boniface Altar/Holy Name Society and New Vienna Garden Club. 

Survivors include seven children, Randy (Sue) Helle of Dyersville, Tom (Barb) Helle, Sandy (John) Auer, Nancy (Matt) Witham and Russ Helle (Darci Borcherding), all of Guttenberg, Susan (Tim) Muilenburg of Marion and Kevin Helle of New Vienna; 15 grandchildren; one grandson-in-law; brother, Don (Cathy) Keppler of Manchester; three sisters, Kay Hinners of Fort Dodge, Joyce (Stan) McBurnett of Enid, Okla., Deb (Mark) Rima of Cave Creek, Ariz.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marcie Keppler of Strawberry Point, Art (Germaine) Helle of Manchester, Rosie Helle of Edgewood, Dick (Connie) Helle of Peosta and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Matt in 2004; a son, William in infancy; granddaughter, Brandi Witham; her parents; father and mother-in-law, Matthias P. and Otilia H. (Gosen) Helle; brother, Dick Keppler; brothers-in-law, Jim Hinners and Greg Helle; niece, Michelle Rima; and nephew, Dave Helle.

In lieu of plants, flowers or other gifts, memorials are preferred to Hospice of Dubuque.

We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Allison, for their compassion, care and concern.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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