Helen Marlene Thatcher, 86

Published 7:01 am Friday, November 22, 2019

Helen Marlene Thatcher, 86, passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, after a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Helen was born on Feb. 27,1933, to Madeline and Ralph Wheeler in Austin, Minnesota. Helen grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1951. Helen met Robert Thatcher at the Austin Municipal swimming pool while in high school. After high school, Helen attended Williams Woods College in Missouri.

Helen Marlene Thatcher, 86

She and Robert married in 1952 and were married for 67 years. Following their wedding, Helen and Robert moved to Oklahoma, where Robert graduated from Oklahoma University. They then returned to Austin, where Robert worked at Hormel. Helen was a member of Women’s Association Austin Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Star, Floral Club, PEO Chapter AQ, Book Club and Collectors Club. She was an active bridge and mahjong player. She enjoyed golf, tennis, needlepoint and travel. Helen and Robert took their grandchildren on many trips around the United States and Europe. Helen and Robert went on trips around the world together over the course of their lives.

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Helen will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, kindness, generosity, and love for her family.

She will be greatly missed and is survived by her husband, Robert; and three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Jerry Allen (Lu Ann) Thatcher and their son, Jerry Robert, Jeffrey (Jeanne) Thatcher and their children, Molly and Aaron Smolinski (Grant and Violet), Robert (Roberta) Thatcher (Ian and Rhys), and Ian Thatcher, and Jayna  (James) Heimark and their children, Helen Ann and Craig Heimark.

A private service will be held for family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Helen’s name to the ALS Association at alsa.org, by phone at (888) 949-2577, or by mail to The ALS Association PO Box 37022 Boone, IA 50037. Online condolences may be made at www.marksfuneralservice.com.