THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Helen M. Lynch
Issue Date: February 14, 2018
Helen M. Lynch passed away February 3, 2018 at Northland Lutheran Home.
She was born in the Town of Cedar River MI in January, 1920, in a log cabin in a snow storm. Her mother was Anna Elizabeth Gates who married William Christopher Wagner. She had eight brothers and sisters. Four died in infancy. Her brother Bill died by drowning at eighteen.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Raymond and her sisters, Catherine Haschke and Carol Goes.
Helen remembered well the hardships of the depression. Her father worked at many construction sites in the 1920's and the family moved often.
She married Bernard Edward Lynch on February, 9 1938 at St. Joseph Church and he preceded her in death on January, 1, 1993. They lived on a farm at McAllister in the Town of Wagner.
Helen always had room at the table for anyone who came along. She loved to mention that you never starved when you raised your own animals and produce on a farm. When her large family was growing, she would bake nine large loaves of bread every two days. It was interesting to watch her or Bernard start with flour and turn it into bread. They purchased flour in 50 pound sacks.
Before electricity came to the farm, Helen would can much of the meat at the late fall butchering of meat for the family. In a typical year, she canned 100 quarts of tomatoes. She also canned some of the other produce such as apples and pickles and a variety of jams and jellies with special emphasis on wild berries. One year (probably 1953) of abundant wild blackberries, she canned 100 quarts of blackberries.
Helen was a woman of strong character who accomplished much. She was not a 21st century woman. She never learned to ride a bike or drive a car. However, she successfully raised ten children.
She felt her children were her greatest accomplishment and never failed to mention that all of them graduated from high school and several of them had gone to college or technical school. She did not believe that any child should be discarded. Over the years there were frequent temporary residents at the Lynch farm.
Helen's Catholic faith was very important to her. Her last years were spent at Luther Manor. In her last year and even though she received the sacraments at the nursing home, she said she truly missed going to Sunday Mass.
When her children were growing up she said a daily rosary with them. As a young woman she was an active member of the St. Edward parish Altar Society which evolved into the St. Edward Christian Mothers.
Helen is survived by six sons, Jerome (Marie) of Roseville, MN, Daniel of Oshkosh, Roger and Michael (Sue), both of McAllister, Dennis of Monterey, CA and Kevin (Jackie) of McAllister; three daughters, Sharon (James) Barnhill of Berryville, VA, Colleen Dempski of Menominee and Anita (Kevin) Cooper of West Bend; IL; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, brothers and sisters and husband, Bernard, she was preceded in death by a son, Timothy and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at SS. Joseph & Edward Parish on Saturday, February 17th from 9:30am-11am. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11am with Rev. Jess Berdol officiating. Burial will be in St. Edward's Cemetery. Thielen Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers please make donations to either SS. Joseph and Edward Parish of Walsh or to Northland Lutheran Home of Marinette.