Helen Konz Mathwig, 99, of St. James died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at the Garden Care Center in Cannon Falls.
Helen Konz Mathwig, 99, of St. James died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at the Garden Care Center in Cannon Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church in St. James with Father Timothy Hall as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Helen was born on the family farm north of Butterfield on April 11, 1917, to Peter and Helena (Fast) Heppner. She was the fifth of seven children in the family and grew up on the farm with four brothers and two sisters. She attended country school north of Butterfield. On Sept. 5, 1934, Helen married Felix Konz at the Catholic Church in Comfrey. They lived in Darfur where Helen was a homemaker. In 1943, they moved to St. James where they raised their six children, Janice, Allen, Gloria, Deloris, Brian and Diane. In 1967, their daughter Gloria was in need of a kidney transplant and Helen donated one of hers. Helen and Felix were married 40 years when Felix died from lung cancer in July 1974. During their 40 years together, Helen and Felix worked hard but enjoyed doing things like oldtime dancing and playing cards with friends. Helen worked as a sales clerk for JCPenney in St. James for 25 years. In January 1978, Helen married Marty Mathwig and moved to his farm in Dunnell. They spent their summers working hard on the farm, and wintering in Arizona. Marty died in January 1999 and one year later Helen sold their home in Arizona and permanently returned to Minnesota. In the fall of 2000, she moved from Dunnell to St. James. Helen loved to cook and was very good at it. She liked trying new recipes, especially desserts. One of her favorite pastimes was playing bridge. Helen was very much a caregiver, always ready to help out when needed.
She is survived by her children, Janice Meidl of Sioux Falls, S.D., Allen (Connie) Konz of St. James, Deloris Gorman of Prior Lake, Brian (Ann Blide) Konz of Cannon Falls, Diane (Dennis) Russell of Lincoln, Nebr.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by two husbands, Felix Konz and Martin Mathwig; daughter, Gloria Olson; grandson, Scott Meidl; son-in-law, Lyle Meidl; parents; four brothers; and two sisters.