Helen L. Gradert, 92, of rural Cambridge, died Tuesday, April 29, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Cambridge Lutheran Church. The Rev. Randall Swanson officiated. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery, in Cambridge. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church or Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village.

Helen L. Gradert, 92, of rural Cambridge, died Tuesday, April 29, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Cambridge Lutheran Church. The Rev. Randall Swanson officiated. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery, in Cambridge. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church or Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village.

Helen Louise Nelson was born May 16, 1925, in Lynn Township, Henry County, the daughter of Floyd and Ruth (Swanson) Nelson. She was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1943. She then worked as a secretary for John Deere Co. in Moline for several years. Her marriage to Ralph E. Gradert took place on Feb. 22, 1947, in Orion. He passed away on June 23, 2008.

The couple farmed near Geneseo and moved to their present farm in Andover Township in 1953. Her memberships included the Cambridge Lutheran Church and the WELCA group of the church. She enjoyed playing cards, watching sporting events, and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen tried not to miss any of their sports and school activities.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Joy Gradert and Roger and Bobbi Gradert, all of Cambridge; five grandchildren, Keith (Melissa) Gradert, Annette (Justin) Wells, Kindra (Aaron) Callahan, Renee (Brian) Crabtree and Aubrey Gradert. Also surviving are four step-grandchildren, Heather (Jim) Weber, Brian Eilers, Danielle (Chance) Torrez and Nichole (James) Gorman; three great-grandchildren; and 11 step-great-grandchildren. Her parents; her husband; a brother, Sterling Nelson; and a step-granddaughter, Shawna Sloma, proceeded her in death.