Mary Helen Claeys, 75, of Atkinson, died Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Unit, in Geneseo. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, in Atkinson. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. A rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Mary Helen Claeys Memorial Fund.

Mary Helen Claeys, 75, of Atkinson, died Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Unit, in Geneseo. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, in Atkinson. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. A rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Mary Helen Claeys Memorial Fund.

Mary Helen was born March 17, 1943, in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Joe and Laura (Debbaut) Bulens. She graduated from Assumption High School. Mary Helen was united in marriage to Charles “Chuck” Claeys on Aug. 18, 1962, in Davenport. He preceded her in death on April 11, 2015. Mary Helen spent her life as a homemaker. She was a member at St. Anthony Catholic Church where she served on the Altar and Rosary Society and also collected cookbooks, so it was only fitting that she co-chaired St Anthony’s cookbook committee. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and crocheting. Mary Helen loved to read and also enjoyed her travel adventures with her friends. Mary Helen’s life centered around her children and grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Matt Claeys, of Otterbein, Ind.; Andy (Tracy) Claeys, of Chanhassen, Minn; Joe (Amy) Claeys, of Chaska, Minn.; Dave (Jen) Claeys, of DeWitt, Iowa; Luke (Christy) Claeys, of Shawnee, Kan.; Ann (Ron) DeSmith, of Atkinson; and Beth (Kurt) Roesner, of Lake in the Hills; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barb (Jim) Kuriger. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Laura; and her husband, Charles.