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Jeanne Margaret (Helf) Kade

August 8, 2022 | 6 comments

Jeanne Margaret (Helf) Kade, age 95, of Onalaska, WI, died from Alzheimer’s disease at Onalaska Care Center on August 7, 2022. Formerly of Sheboygan, WI, Jeanne moved to Onalaska, WI in 2016 to be near her niece and family due to declining health.

Jeanne was born on February 25, 1927, in Hilbert, WI to George and Margaret (Mihm) Helf, the youngest of the 7 siblings. She graduated from Kiel High School in 1945. In 1964, Jeanne married Walton Kade, and he preceded her in death in June 2000.

Jeanne’s professional career started at the Dairy Herd Improvement Association at the Sheboygan County Court House. Next, she was an Administrative Assistant and then Payroll Assistant at H.C. Prange and Prange Way for 36 years. She retired in 1992.

In her retirement Jeanne volunteered in the Foster Grandparent Program at Jefferson Elementary in Sheboygan. Each school year Jeanne tutored kindergarteners in Mrs. Peg Reynold’s classroom 2 times a week for 14 years. She cherished this friendship with Mrs. Reynolds and seeing the students grow in learning. Jefferson Elementary was also where Jeanne’s oldest sister Ceil taught at the start of her teaching career. A full circle experience!

Jeanne had a life-long passion for dogs. She never met a dog she didn’t like and her home always had a dog living with her. She also loved going to the band concerts at Fountain Park, and musicals offered in the city with friends. She cherished her siblings and families and was an integral part in her nieces and nephews’ lives.

Throughout her life, Jeanne loved her dear friendships, which ranged from Kiel High School days, workplaces, volunteers she met, and neighbors. They all were drawn to her smile, compassion, kindness and zest for fun. She saw the good in people and believed that good could happen. Her Catholic faith grounded her for 95 plus years.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jeanne was preceded in death by her sisters Ceil Froming and Doris Mikolic, her brothers Jerome, Aurel, Marcel, and

Gerald Helf, their spouses, her nephew Thomas Helf and her last beloved dog Harrigan.

Her family thanks the Onalaska Care Center, Prairie Home Assisted Living, and Onalaska Miracle Ear for the care, support, and respect they gave to Aunt Jeanne.

Due to Covid risks, there will be no formal funeral service. Please consider having a memorial Mass offered for Jeanne at your respective parishes where you live. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery at an undetermined date.

Jeanne requested that memorials be sent to the Sheboygan Co. Humane Society, 3209 N. 21st St. Sheboygan, WI 53083.

To honor Jeanne’s legacy, treat others with respect and kindness, especially when difficult to do so. You are free Aunt Jeanne! Rest In Eternal Peace.

Online condolences may be left at couleecremation.com.

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6 Comments

  1. Mike & Lisa Helf

    Rest In Peace Dear Aunt Jeanne. So many fond memories.., where do I begin. Your beautiful smile, always looking like a movie star with your lovely hair. Your love of Harrigan, and all dogs reflects your love and compassion. You touched many lives. Jeanne loved to reminisce the love of her brothers. She was always loving and kind. She appreciated all her family with miles of smiles. May the perpetual light shine upon your beautiful and elegant soul. Mike & Lisa Helf

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  2. Barb Loken

    Linda and Lon

    Our most sincerest sympathies on the loss of your Aunt Jeanne. She was so fortunate to have you both in her life and always looking out for her welfare. I’m sure your life will seem empty without her.

    Peace to you and your family
    Red and Barb Loken

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  3. Mary Schweitzer

    I loved my Aunt Jeanne. She came to our house a lot when I was growing up. She tried to teach me to dance. She slept with me in my double bed and we had so much fun. Everyone loved when she visited. She loved all my dogs. She was a wonderful kind woman.

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  4. Karen Wallace

    With Deepest Sympathy in your loss of your Aunt Jeanne. I worked at PH and was honored to help take care of her. She was a lady of strong faith and sometimes I would interrupt her when she would be reciting the rosary! She had beautiful hair. When I would help her with her pm cares and help tuck her in, she would always say thank you dear! ❤ RIP Jeanne! Fly high with the angels! 💕

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    • Mike & Lisa Helf

      Bless your soul, Thank you for being an Angel to my Sweet Aunt Jeanne! May your wants and needs be blessed in a very special way.

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  5. Carolyn Schwartz

    I am so sorry for your loss. You talked so often of what a loving and caring lady Jeanne was. I felt like I knew her a bit through you. What a well lived life she had and how blessed she and your family has been to have such a loving relationship all these years.

    She is at peace now, and your family has loving memories of Jeanne as a special gift. Love to your family …

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