Helen M. Vaudt Shaw, 93, of Waverly, passed away on Nov. 27, 2011 at the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.
Helen Marie Vaudt Shaw was born on Nov. 2, 1918, the daughter of Henrich Gerhard (Hank) and Elva Eve (Lockard) Johnson in Eagle Grove. She graduated from the Marathon High School, Marathon, in 1937. She then attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake where she received her teaching certificate. On March 11, 1941, she was united in marriage to Albert W. Vaudt, Jr. (Jake) in San Francisco. The couple returned to Iowa in 1957, developed Slifer Manufacturing, building egg washers and then high pressure pumps. They relocated the business to Gowrie, and then to Humboldt. They sold the business and retired in 1968, and moved to Corozal Town, Belize. Health concerns brought them back to the United States a few years later and they settled in Harlingen, Texas. Jake died in 1990 and on June 16, 2001, Helen married John D. Shaw in Harlingen. John died in 2005 and in October of 2007, Helen moved back to Iowa to reside at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Home in Waverly.
She has been a member of various Lutheran churches in the communities that she lived, and was an honorary member of Harlingen Junior Service League. Helen enjoyed her church and volunteer activities, traveling, sewing and cards.
Helen's family includes one son, Daryl Vaudt of Quartzsite, Ariz.; two daughters, Karen (Denny) Mills of Cedar Falls, and Donna (Al) Millon of Harlingen, Texas; six grandchildren, Gina Benegas, Steve Vaudt, Ross Mills, Shawna Mills, Jill Farris and Sara Winningham; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one sister, Luella (Gene) Ryen of Waterloo; and one brother, Ron (Rosie) Johnson of Laurens. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Jake Vaudt and John Shaw; six sisters, Ivadel Mumford, Genevieve Cook, Viola Koster, Marlys Brown, Romell Johnson and Arlene Pomeroy; brother, Merlyn Johnson; and by a grandson, Jay Vaudt.
Family conducted memorial services on Dec. 2, 2011 at the Good Shepherd Chapel - Bartels in Waverly. Online condolences for Helen may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. The Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly was is charge of the arrangements.