Helen Kathryn (Otting) Laban, of Bernard, passed away at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.
Friends and relatives of Helen may call from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday at the Funeral Home.
Services for Helen will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Garryowen, with the Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Concelebrating will be the Rev. Paul Otting. Mass servers will be Hailey Wulfekuhle, Emma Egan and Ben Egan. Lectors will be Julie Koopmann and Melissa King. Eucharistic Ministers will be Janet Laban, Greg Leytem and Sr. Marlene McDonnell. Placing of the pall will be done by Shirley McDermott, Joe Laban, Bob Laban, Kathy Wosoba, Micki Roe, Bill Laban and Julie Leytem. Giftbearers will be Gabrielle Laban, Carla Wosoba and Angela Ptacek. Burial will be held in St. Patrick Cemetery in Garryowen.
Casketbearers for Helen will be Ken McDermott, Tim McDermott, Jake Laban, Jeff Laban, LeRoy Wosoba, Alex Laban, Christopher Roe and Andrew Leytem.
Helen was born Dec. 20, 1919 to Joseph and Kathryn (Ressler) Otting and was the second youngest of 13 children. She attended St. Patrick’s School, Garryowen and at age 19 married Andy Laban Sept. 26, 1939 at St. Patrick Church. He preceded her in death Jan. 11, 1986.
Helen was raised on a farm just west of Bernard and after their marriage, she and Andy raised their family of seven children on a farm near St. Patrick Church, North Garryowen, where they were lifetime members. Over the years they milked Brown Swiss cows, raised Shorthorn cattle, hogs, chickens, geese and crops for their livestock. Throughout her long life, she loved gardening and growing flowers of all different varieties. Spring was her favorite season when she could hunt mushrooms, and fish for bullheads in their pond. She was also a voracious reader. She loved to bake breads and cookies, especially for her family whom she loved most of all. She was a 4-H leader for all of her children over the years and always looked forward to the Jackson County Fair. After Andy’s passing in 1986, she remained on the homeplace until she was 95.
She spent the last four years at Shady Rest Care Center where she was well cared for and was known and loved by all for her quick wit, sense of humor, and sweet demeanor. Helen lived a full and wonderful life, full of family and friends who will forever feel the impact of her love, wisdom, and devotion.
Helen is survived by her children, Shirley (Linus) McDermott, of Cascade, Joe (Linda) Laban and Bob (Mary Lee) Laban, both of Bernard, Kathy (Gary) Wosoba, of Monmouth, Micki (Steve) Roe, of LeMars, Bill (Janet) Laban, of Dubuque and Julie (Greg) Leytem, of Swisher. She has 34 grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andy; infant daughter, Mary Katherine, great-grand daughter Amy Gavin; great-grandson Ryder Mendelke; five brothers and seven sisters.
Thank you to Sherry Kelchen and the staff at Shady Rest Care Center for their wonderful care over the past four years. Also, thank you to Fr. Doug Loecke for his many visits.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com