Helen Lousia Erichsen

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Helen Lousia Erichsen passed away Saturday, October 7, at home in Des Moines at the age of  87.  Helen was born May 19, 1930 in Ute, to Roy Lee and Louisa Albertina (Larsen) Sanders. 

Helen graduated from Danbury High School in Danbury, in 1947 and later graduated from business college in Omaha, NE. She started, owned and operated Helen Erichsen Draperies and Design, in Storm Lake, making custom draperies for many years until her retirement and subsequent move to Des Moines around 2005. She enjoyed her family and friends, sewing, needlework, gardening, cooking, and playing Bridge.

Helen is survived by daughters, Debbie (Scott) Friedrichsen of Schaller, and Patrice (Larry) Fagen of Indianola; son-in-law, Paul Thomas of Enterprise, AL; grandchildren, Jade (Liz) Handy, Dustin (Michelle) Handy, Casey Reppe, Jesse (Kelly) Fagen, Viana (Todd) Insley, Christie (Fred) Rudolph, and Spring West; step-grandchildren, Stephanie (Justin) Hall, Christopher (Sallie) Thomas, and Steven (Mendy) Thomas;  twenty great-grandchildren and five great great-grandchildren; and sister, Donna (George) Masche of Pittsburgh, PA. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Paula Thomas; two sisters, Marie (Earl) York and Della (Karl) Graversen; brother, Leroy Sanders; grandsons, Shane Handy, Terry Hawke, Gary Hawke Jr., and Joshua Garrett.   

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 6567 Bloomfield Rd., Des Moines. Internment will be in the Danbury Cemetery, Danbury, at a later date.