Helen V. Kemper

Friday, November 18, 2011

Helen V. Kemper, age 102, of Alta, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 at North Lake Manor of Storm Lake. A funeral service was held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta with the Rev. Dr. Matthew Miller officiating. Burial was at the Scandinavian Cemetery of Alta. The Nicklas D Jensen Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Vivian (Peterson) Kemper was born Sept. 9, 1909 in Elk Township to Christian and Jennie Peterson. At the age of six months, her parents moved to a farm six miles north of Linn Grove. And she graduated from Linn Grove School in 1928.

On Aug. 19, 1930, she was united in marriage to Everette Walker and they made their home in Alta. To this union one child was born Chloe Marie. Helen enjoyed being a homemaker, crocheting, sewing, gardening, quilting and doing artwork. Helen was a Sunday school teacher at the Methodist church in Alta and belonged to the Nokomis study group. In 1950 her husband Everette passed away. She then went to work at The Tiny Tot Shop in Storm Lake.

In January of 1956 she was united in marriage to Van Kemper and relocated to Champaign, Illinois for his job with the railroad. Helen took a job in the spring of 1956 with Robeson's Department store and worked there until she retired in 1978. Helen and Van took many enjoyable trips during their retirement. In 1989 they moved back to Alta, to be closer to family. In November of 1990 Van passed away and Helen remained in their home until the age of 94. In 2004, Helen moved to Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake, Iowa and lived her remaining years there.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; a baby brother; her husband, Everette; her husband, Van; her sister, Gene (LeRoy) Dumkrieger; sister, Evelyne (Herb) Koch, brother, Emmet (Dorothy) Peterson; brother, Kenneth (Mildred) Peterson, son-in-law, Dwaine Specketer; and a great-great-grandson, Zailin Linke.

Those left to mourn her passing include her daughter, Chloe Specketer; grandchildren, Darcy Stevens, Diana (Chris) Niehaus, Donna (Stephan) Baxter and David Specketer; great grandchildren, Jennifer Stevens, Heather Stevens, Kayla Stevens, Elizabeth Niehaus, Andrew Niehaus, Kathryn Niehaus, Kimberly Niehaus, Jahred Baxter, Sarah Baxter, Jacob Baxter, Joshua Baxter and Darin Specketer; five great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She will be greatly missed by her family and staff at North Lake Manor.