Helen Louise Claeys, 84, of Geneseo, formerly of Atkinson, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, in Geneseo. A funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. Duane Jack officiated. Burial followed at St. Anthony Cemetery. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. A rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Helen Louise Claeys Memorial Fund.

Helen Louise Claeys, 84, of Geneseo, formerly of Atkinson, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, in Geneseo. A funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. Duane Jack officiated. Burial followed at St. Anthony Cemetery. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. A rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Helen Louise Claeys Memorial Fund.

Helen was born Feb. 22, 1933, in Atkinson, the daughter of Charles E. and Sophie C. (Verkruyse) Claeys. She graduated from Atkinson High School with the Class of 1951, and continued her education by taking night classes to achieve her CPS (Certified Professional Secretary). In conjunction to her CPS, Helen was part of the National Secretaries Association. She worked for Deere and Company as an export office staff supervisor for 35 years, from which she retired. Helen was a lifetime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, where she was a parish council member for 25 years, and was a member and past president of the Altar & Rosary Society. She also was a member of the John Deere Ladies Retirees and Friends of Trinity Hospital where she served as a past president for both organization. Helen was a member of the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary. She loved to travel and made quite the extensive hobby out of doing it. She enjoyed traveling both domestically and internationally. Most of all, Helen loved her family. She always watched her nieces and nephews play sports, and looked forward to all family gatherings.

Those left to cherish her memory include her brother-in-law, Merrill Taber; sister-in-law, Mary Helen Claeys; and her nieces and nephews: Tina (Bob) Floming, Kim (Marv) VerStraete, Brenda (Gary) Gripp, Mike (Pat) Taber, Matt Claeys, Anita Brieser-Park, Andy (Tracy) Claeys, Ann (Ron) DeSmith, Beth (Kurt) Roesner, Joe (Amy) Claeys, Mark Taber, Dave (Jen) Claeys, Tonya Taber, Luke (Christy) Claeys, and Lin (Justin) Ebbert; along with her 36 great-nieces and nephews; and her 20 great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marian Taber; brother, Charles H. (Mary Helen) Claeys; nephew-in-law, Christopher Brieser; and great-great-niece, Emma VerStraete.