Helen Josephine Huber, 98 passed away peacefully Monday January 7,2019 at the Matthew House in Auburn,NY.
Helen was born on June 29, 1920 on the family dairy farm of her parents, Joseph and Mary ( Williams) Peterson, in Dodgeville Township, Iowa County, Wisconsin. She was the sixth child and second daughter of eight children and was surrounded by the love of her siblings and parents who came from Norwegian and Welsh ancestors. Helen completed the first eight grades of school in the one- room country Bunker Hill School and graduated from Dodgeville High School, Class of 1937.
While attending the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, she met a special young man, David Hale of Kenosha and they were married , Spetember 23, 1939 at the Peterson Farm. Dave and Helen built a beautiful home, much of the construction done by themselves, in rural Pleasant Prairie near Kenosha, where they raised their three children, Mary, Carole and David. They were active in their children's lives and their neighborhood, living near Dave's family. They traveled back to the Peterson Farm for visits, especially in the summer and for annual Thanksgiving reunions. Dave and Helen loved to go dancing on Saturday nights, ending their evenings at heir favorite pizza restaurant in Kenosha. Sadly, their happiness came to an unexpected end when Dave was diagnosed with cancer and after an illness of two years, died at the age of 49 on March 4, 1965.
On July 17, 1972 Helen married Matthew Joseph ' Joe' Huber, a widower and long- time friend of both Helen and Dave. They lived in Kenosha and were able to enjoy some wonderful years of travel and leisure time in retirement. Joe passed away on March 4, 1996 from complications of diabetes.
As a devoted mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother, Helen dearly loved her family and was very proud of them. She was a strong woman, a problem- solver, an achiever, and a hard worker. She loved buying shoes, decorating her home, and collecting antiques.
Helen worked at a number of jobs , including an office assistant for Dr. Fred Wood of Kenosha and an insurance agent for the Metropolitan Life Company. She also worked more than 10 years at Kenosha's St. Catherine's Hospital as a transcriber in the x- Ray dept.
In June of 1999, after more than 60 years in the Kenosha area, Helen accepted her daughter Carole's invitation to come and live with her in Auburn,NY. Helen became Carole's helpmate for many years and in the last few years, Carole was a wonderful caregiver for Helen.
Helen is survived by two daughters, Mary ( James) Norgaard of Clarkridge, AR, Carole Hale of Auburn, NY a son David ( Joanne) Hale of Tuscaloosa, AL, She is further Survived by six grandchildren James ' Chip' Norgaard, Amy Norgaard, Alisa ( Archie) Gamble, Billy ' Bee' Casteel Jr., Sara ( Christopher) Caldwell, John ( Amie) Turner, six- great- grandchildren, a sister- in- law , Dorothy Peterson and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by both husbands David Hale and Joe Huber, a sister Elizabeth Hickey, six Peterson brothers DuWayne, Phillip, Dean, Frederick, Douglas, Byron, and a granddaughter Tamera Norgaard.
A visitation will be held this Saturday, January 12th from 10:00 am until 11:00 am with a service to immediately follow at 11:00 am, all in the chapel at Sunset Ridge Cemetery, Kenosha.
In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made in Helen's memory to a local Hospice care facility of your choice.
Arrangements by Pettigrass Funeral Home in Auburn and the Kenosha Funeral Services.