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In Memory of Helen Benedict

Helen Marie Benedict, 89, of Hammond, WI, passed away the afternoon of Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 at Hammond Health Services. She was born in the fall of 1930 to parents Robert & Theresa Hurd in River Falls, WI. Helen graduated from Hammond High School. Growing up, she took great enjoyment in helping her dad out at the drug store & soda fountain. In her adulthood, Helen was employed as a clerk for St. Croix County for over 25 years. Outside of work, Helen kept busy over the years with her many hobbies. She was a staple at the Baldwin Bowling Alley as a member of multiple bowling leagues. Helen was also a proud member of both the Ladies Guild of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond, WI, & the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. She was an avid gardener, & took care of not only her own gardens & much-loved geraniums at home, but also tended to the flowers & memorials at the gravesites of her beloved family. Helen traveled many times to the local casinos, & spent time outdoors at the cabin. If you couldn’t find Helen at any of these places, chances are she was enjoying one of her walks around town, or a brandy with friends at Bill’s Bar. Helen was a talented cook, singer, & Yahtzee champion; but what she’ll be remembered for most is her love for her family & nurturing spirit towards her grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Helen will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to have known her.

Helen will remain in the hearts of her four children, Barry (Linda) Benedict of Chetek, WI, Brenda (Jeff Hammond) Landowski of Menomonee Falls, WI, Becky (Jeff) Deters of Circle Pines, MN, & Brady (Julie) Benedict of Hammond, WI; grandchildren, Missy (John) Kuhn, Tony (Elizabeth Frank) Benedict, Andrea (Brad) Errthum, Britt (Bryan) Gehring, Brian (Amanda Sarnow) Landowski, Angela (Jonah Kinne) Kackman, & Andrew (Connie Tomczak) Deters; grand-dog, Taz; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family & friends. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald; & parents, Robert & Theresa Hurd; brother, Jim Hurd; & sister, June Foss.

A Private Burial will be held for Helen at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery of Hammond, WI, followed by a Memorial Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Hammond at a later date. For future service updates, please contact O’Connell Family Funeral Home, of Baldwin, WI via phone at 715-684-3434, email baldwin@oconnellfamilyfuneralhomes.com, or webpage https://oconnellfuneralhomes.com/. Memorials for Helen’s family can be mailed to: O’Connell Family Funeral Home, Care of Helen Benedict Family, 1010 Newton St. Baldwin, WI 54002, to be forwarded on your behalf.

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    • Sorry to hear of Helen’s passing.
      I knew Helen through Yvonne Brown and Phoebe Cote. The bowling stories told always brought laughter to our ride to work.
      Helen always had a ready smile and good advice. I enjoyed catching up with her once in a while either at the village hall or while out walking.
      Good memories.

    • So sorry to hear about Helen. She and my mom Yvonne Brown were good friends and used to bowl together. Those ladies had fun on those bowling nights. I can still hear their laughs! Thinking of you all.

    • Sorry for your loss. I would enjoy chats with Helen when I would stop at the County Department to see my mom. She was warm, fun and at times gave me some good advice. Although I have not seen her in quite awhile I have thought of her and your family often. Prayers and peace to all of you. Vickie

    • So very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. No doubt she will be missed by all who knew her and I am glad I had the opportunity to meet her. Prayers and hugs to your family.

    • Dear Benedict family, we are so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful woman. We are so glad we got to know her through the Highway Department and church. She always had a smile and kind words. She was definitely a treasure. May you find peace knowing she had such a positive impact on so many people.
      With deepest sympathy.
      John and Jane Bond

    • I had the pleasure of working with Helen at the Highway Department. My opinion in her position was one as a true professional. Always had it together, as long as she could get that first cup (gut bomb!) employee coffee to start her day.