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Wanda Helmer 05/22/2023

Wanda Helmer, age 86 of River Falls, WI, died on Monday, May 22, 2023, at Our House in River Falls. Wanda was born the daughter of Clarence Sr. and Harriet (White) Kahabka on February 16, 1937, in Plum City, WI. She grew up on a farm south of Lund, WI and graduated from Pepin High School with the class of 1955. Wanda attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls for 2 years, and stayed in River Falls the rest of her life. Wanda was married to Jack Helmer. The couple had 3 children and later divorced. Wanda worked at 3M for a few years until they started their family. She also spent many years in the shipping department at UFE in River Falls. Wanda met Mel Warren, and they spent the past 42 years together. She was part of the “Desert Club”, enjoyed biking and bus trips with Mel. She was an excellent cook and loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Wanda was a hardworking, dedicated woman. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Harriet Kahabka; brother, Clarence (Bernice) Kahabka; and sister, Gail Hoff. Wanda is survived by her soul mate, Mel Warren; children, Mark (Mary) Helmer, Tracey (Sheldon) Kempf, Diane (Mark) Sproul; step-children, Greg (Sheila) Warren, Rich (Keri) Warren, Cindy (Pat) Yunker, Sue Gibb; grandchildren, Emily (Bennie) Berg, Wesley (Hallie) Sylla, Courtney (Quentin) Kempf, Katie Sproul, Tyler Sproul; step-grandchildren, Jessica (Travis) Strautman, Jared (Crystal) Warren, Kendall (Travis) Warren, Kelsie (Logan) Paul, Lindsey (Ben) Johnson, Maddie (Riley) Rehnelt, Adam (Cass) Yunker, Sara (Alex) Gibb, Brian Gibb, Kim Horton, Jeremy and Gayle Doverspike, and Shannon and Melissa Doverspike; many great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 11 am at Luther Memorial Church 420 S 4th Street, River Falls, WI. Visitation was also on Thursday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls, WI. Memorials may be directed to: Susan G. Komen fight to end breast cancer. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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  • Heidi A knegendorf Posted May 23, 2023 3:41 pm

    Rest in peace dear were loved.

  • Gretchen Rozeboom, SCC Trap Team Posted May 23, 2023 6:24 pm

    Mel and family-
    Wishing you comfort in the days ahead.

  • Dave mansell Posted May 23, 2023 9:51 pm

    Thinking of you my friend!!!!!

  • JEAN LARSON Posted May 24, 2023 11:56 am

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Julie Swenson Posted May 24, 2023 2:03 pm

    Thinking of you Mel, sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers, with sympathy, Ed and Julie Swenson

  • Kaleena Hoffman Posted May 25, 2023 12:40 pm

    I am thinking of you and your family, Tracey. Now both your mother and my father (Chuck) are at peace. They both had such great care at Our House. Please take care of yourself and give yourself grace as you move forward.

  • Mike Boucher Posted September 8, 2023 6:26 pm

    Wanda was great to work for.
    To the family of Wanda I’m sure she will be missed!

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