HUMBOLDT – Helen McKenna Wickre, 70, of Humboldt, passed away January 16, 2013 at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Humboldt. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Church. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home of Humboldt is in charge of arrangements.
Helen is survived by her daughters, Kelly (Bud) Nostrom of Humboldt, Kristi (Kevin) Sholly of Clear Lake, and Karla (Jeff) Reed of Gardner, KS; son, Robert (Jennifer) McKenna of Spokane, WA; step-sons, Jerrod (Kristi) Wickre of Des Moines, and Jeremy (Terri) Wickre of Humboldt; 14 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Jerry McKenna and John Wickre; her brother, Harry Hayes; and an infant sister, Heddie Hayes.
Helen Irene Hayes, the daughter of Byron and Zoe (Spieker) Hayes, was born February 4, 1942 at Villisca, Iowa. As a young girl, she moved with her family to Humboldt where she graduated from Humboldt High School. In 1959, she married Jerry McKenna. Mr. McKenna passed away in 1989 and in November of 1990, she married John Wickre. Mr. Wickre passed away in 2010.
In 1980, Helen established Closets Yours and Mine in Humboldt, which she owned and operated until selling the business in 1997. In 1997, she and John established Video Concepts, selling the business in 2005. Finally, Helen established J&H Enterprises through which she distributed jewelry including her well-known angel pins.
Her extensive volunteer work included, the PTA; serving on the Music Boosters Board; founding member of the Do-Re-Mi’s singing group; Girl Scout and 4-H leader; Hospice Volunteer; Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the HCMH Auxiliary, President of the Worthwhile Club, founder of the Angel Fund at Zion Lutheran Church, and steering committee of the Humboldt Aquatic Center.