Effingham Daily News
---- — Helen L. Wendte, 91, of Effingham, passed away at 10:29 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Effingham. Burial will be in Arborcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, July 17, at Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham, and one hour prior to service time Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.
Helen was born March 13, 1922, in Effingham County, the daughter of Lloyd and Nellie (Blunt) Wiles. She married Gilbert Stortzum in 1941 and he passed away in 1967. Helen later married Wilbert Wendte in 1985 and he preceded her in death in 2005. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Effingham, was a former cook for the Unit 40 School District and was later employed at Walmart in Effingham.
Helen is survived by her two sons, Kent (Mary Ann) Stortzum of Effingham and Kevin Stortzum of Lexington, Ky.; three stepsons, David (Bea) Wendte of Effingham, Roland (Lori) Wendte of Dieterich and J.R. Wendte of Lake Sara; stepdaughter, Janet Antonio of Monticello; three grandchildren, Jason (Lisa) Stortzum of Cumming, Ga., Kim (Bill) Lane of Dieterich and Aaron (Monica) Stortzum of Teutopolis; as well as seven great-grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; sister, Mae Poynter, stepdaughter, Judy Niebrugge and grandson, Douglas Stortzum.
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