Helen Bretthauer, 84Helen Ann Bretthauer, age 84, of North Hudson, died in the early morning on Feb. 20 at her home in North Hudson.
Helen Ann Bretthauer, age 84, of North Hudson, died in the early morning on Feb. 20 at her home in North Hudson.
Helen was born on June 8, 1928, in Appleton, Wis., to Francis and Helen (Balliet) Brandherm. She attended and graduated from Menasha High School in 1946 and began her career as a secretary in Neenah, Wis. In the late '40s, Helen met a young Marine returning from service named James Bretthauer. The two were united in marriage on Aug. 21, 1948, in Menasha, Wis. The marriage was blessed with two daughters, Pamela and Patricia. In 1961, the Bretthauer family made a final move to North Hudson. Helen continued her career as an office manager for Jones Chemicals in North Hudson. She worked for Jones Chemicals until her retirement in the early '80s. James passed away in 1979, and Helen remained in North Hudson enjoying life with family and friends.
Anyone who knew Helen knew that she liked to make people smile. She provided her friends and family with much laughter and many memories. She was a fan of North Hudson's Pepper Fest and proudly held the title of "Miss Inspiration" in 1976. She was a practical joker and loved to tell "creative" stories about her career in show business. She enjoyed singing and dancing, bowling, cooking, gardening, and playing cards, but was always very content sitting around the kitchen table with family and friends. Helen had a strong faith and was a devout member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson.
Helen leaves behind many friends and family. This includes her daughters, Pam Irestone of North Hudson and Patty (Rick) Nelson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; favorite grandson, Scott (Deanna) Irestone of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Jane (Russ) Lowe of Waupaca, Wis.; as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Helen Brandherm, and husband of 31 years, James Bretthauer.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson. Visitation will take place for 1 hour prior to services at the church as well as from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home - Hudson chapel, 715-386-3725, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.
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