Helen (Frank) Ficek

Helen Ficek, 67, Beaver Dam, Wisc., formerly of New England and Dickinson, North Dakota went home to be with her Lord June 20, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Helen Ficek
Helen Ficek

Published June 27, 2013

The Herald

Helen was born Nov. 5, 1945, the daughter of Frank W. and Rose W. (Heck) Frank in New England. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in New England. Helen was married to Donald J. Ficek June 26, 1967, in Dickinson. She was employed with Richelieu Foods, Inc. in Beaver Dam for 28 years. Helen was an active member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Beaver Dam for many years.

Helen, my beautiful wife, our beautiful mother …Her most joyous years were spent raising and loving her four children and spending time with and loving her four grandchildren. She was always at their athletic and musical events, sewing her children’s and grandchildren’s clothing when they were young and making sure they had what they needed to succeed in school and life.

Helen had a passion for flowers, perennial flowers, to be exact, and her beautiful dahlia flower pots. She had a variety of flowers and they had to be planted in the right order and color. She was always conscious of nature’s beauty.

Her other passion was her garden. She spent countless hours in her garden tending to various vegetables, herbs, raspberry plants and fruit trees. You name it, she could grow it. The fruits of her labor (pun intended) were always served at her table. And then there is her love of cookbooks (current count is 350+) and cooking in general, trying old-fashioned German recipes. Helen enjoyed reading cookbooks like most people enjoy reading a good novel. She also looked forward to traveling and marveled how it was possible for her, a poor farm girl from North Dakota, to have those experiences. With her time on earth shortened, we have to trust Jesus that He has other plans for her. “Are you still with Me even though I am taking her.” (Message of faith)

Helen is survived by her husband, Donald, Beaver Dam, Wisc.; her children, Terri (Joe) Hammer, Columbus, Wisc., Dean Ficek, New York, Danielle Ficek, Oshkosh, Wisc., and Christopher Ficek, Mercer, Wisc.; her siblings, John (Sandi) Frank, Elk River, Minn., and Berni (Roger) Privratsky, Fargo, N.D.; four grandchildren, Jacob Hammer, Fitchburg, Wisc., and Emily Hammer, Maddie Hammer and Elijah Hammer, all of Columbus, Wisc.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank W. and Rose W. Frank, New England, N.D.; her brother, Anthony Frank, Brighton, Colo.; and her uncle, Tony Heck, Belfield, N.D. who entered the gates of heaven the same day as Helen.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated June 25, at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Beaver Dam, with the Rev. Michael Erwin officiating. Interment took place at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hillside Hospice, Beaver Dam, Wisc.

Helen’s family would like to extend a special thank you and are forever grateful to the volunteers and staff at Hillside Hospice and to Laurel W. Rice, MD, and her staff at UW Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, Wisc., for all their care and support.



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