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Helen Mathews

May 10, 1920 — February 16, 2015

Helen B. Mathews, 94, of Eureka, IL passed away at 5:15 pm on Monday, February 16, 2015 at Maple Lawn Health Center in Eureka.

She was born on May 10, 1920 in Cresco, IA a daughter of John and Emma Reinke Biel. She married John Mathews, Jr. on December 23, 1943 in Charles City, IA. He passed away on April 2, 1983.

Surviving are three daughters, Jeanne (Jim) Runyon of Steckborn, Switzerland; Sue (Bernie) Bucher of Goodfield, IL; Marilyn (Mark) Fornwall of Maui, HI; nine grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandson Brian Fornwall, and two brothers Don and Harold Biel.

Helen graduated from Iowa State University in 1943 with a dietary degree. She lived in Iowa until 1958 then the family moved to Kalamazoo, MI. A few years after her husband's death she moved to Tennessee to be closer to family. She then moved to Denver, Colorado in 1999 and lived there for 2 years. In 2001 she moved to Maple Lawn Cottages. She made many friends each place she lived because she was an avid bridge player. Helen was also well known for being a willing volunteer at every place she lived.

In her later years, she enjoyed her family, especially her great-grandchildren. She will be missed by many.

Her family would like to express their deepest gratitude to those special people at Maple Lawn who showed such loving care to their Mom. It made it so much easier on the daughters who lived so far away. Also a special thank you to Dr. Chris Hughes who provided outstanding care to her.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 2-4 pm at Maple Lawn Memorial Hall. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Rev. Joe Burns will officiate. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will be in Olio Township Cemetery. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or Maple Lawn Health Center. Online tributes and condolences may be made at


FEB 21. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)

Maple Lawn Homes Memorial Hall
Eureka, IL


FEB 23. 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (CST)

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Eureka, IL

Funeral service

FEB 23. 10:30 AM (CST)

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Eureka, IL

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