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Helen V. Eitzen
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A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Essex with Pastor Ann Albert officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at Nishna Valley Funeral & Cremation Service in Shenandoah. Burial will take place in the Guss Cemetery near Nodaway, Iowa. Memorials are being directed to Essex Fire & Rescue in Helen's name.

Helen Viola Eitzen, oldest of eight children of Charles Ray and Reva Irene (McCoy) Stamps, was born on January 20, 1928 in Guss, Iowa. She grew up on a farm and graduated as the class valedictorian from Gravity High School in 1945. Helen attended business school in Omaha, Nebraska where she completed several classes. After business school, Helen worked for Mobil Oil Corporation in Omaha, Production Credit Association in Clarinda, Shenandoah Hospital, and a short stint at the Blanchard Elevator. From there, Helen went to work for IAMO Telephone Company, retiring from there in 1994.

Helen married Norman C. Morris on the Bride and Groom Radio Program in Los Angeles, California. The couple made their home in Omaha and one child was born to this marriage, Terri Rene on October 29, 1955. The couple divorced and Helen and Terri moved to Clarinda, Iowa.

Helen married Ivan Eitzen on March 10, 1963 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, Iowa and moved onto the Eitzen family farm outside of Coin, Iowa. Ivan retired from farming in 1995 and Helen and Ivan moved to Essex, Iowa.

Helen was an active church goer all her life. She spent most of her adult years attending Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Essex. She was a member of the community quilting club in Essex.

Helen’s special interests and hobbies included sewing, gardening, horses, and watching Wheel of Fortune and Shark Tank. Most important of all to her was being involved in the lives of her grandsons, Nicholas, Kevin, Todd, and Adam.

Helen passed away on March 29, 2017 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha at the age of 89 years, 2 months, and 9 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Reva; beloved husband Ivan; brothers, Robert Stamps in infancy and Dean Stamps; brothers-in-law, Dean Thompson and Ermal Eitzen; mother-in-law Elizabeth Eitzen; niece Kim Stamps; and nephew Ted Reed.

Helen is survived by her daughter Terri Krause of Peru, NE; grandsons, Nicholas Krause and wife Heather of Syracuse, NE and their children, Keaton and Calli, Kevin Krause of Peru, Todd Krause and wife Michelle of Axtell, KS and their son Vonn, and Adam Krause and wife Elaine of Omaha; sister Ruth Thompson of Anchorage, AK; brothers, Curtiss Stamps and wife Darlene of Diagonal, IA, Larry Stamps and Vickie Brown of Gravity, IA, Garry Stamps and wife Judy of New Market, IA, and Carroll Stamps and wife Jan of Gravity; sisters-in-law, Rita Stamps of Corning, IA, and Kathryn Nelson of Omaha; aunts, Thelma Stamps of Clarinda, IA, and Beverly Vawter of Goodyear, AZ; many nieces and nephews whom she cared so much about; and other relatives and friends.

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service

405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601





10:00 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church

104 East St.
Essex, IA 51638

Celebration of Life Funeral Service

Cemetery Details


Guss Cemetery

J20 & Elk Ave
Nodaway, IA 50839

Memorial Contribution

Essex Fire & Rescue

412 Iowa Ave
Essex, Iowa 51638

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