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St Leo Catholic Church
Friday October 15th, 2021
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Helen L Vavruska

Helen L. Vavruska, age 95 of Tyndall, passed away Monday, October 11, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society, Tyndall.

Her funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Tyndall.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 15 with a 7 p.m. Rosary and prayer service at the church.

Burial will be at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery, Tyndall.

Helen Ludmila Vavruska was born Tuesday, January 5, 1926 to Frank J. and Ludmila (nee Vacek) Carda in Bon Homme County near Tabor, South Dakota.

Helen was a dress maker. She spent 2 years in Omaha, Nebraska where she worked for Cuttahay Packing Plant. She married Ernest Vavruska October 12, 1948 at Tabor. This is when her life as a farm wife began. She and Ernest farmed 3 miles north east of Tyndall. They were blessed with four sons, Ernest R., Edward, David and Steven.

Helen worked at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center for 12 years while still working on the farm. She moved to Tyndall in 1999 from the farm. Helen was a faithful member of St. Leo Catholic Church. She was a member of St. Leo Altar Society where she served a time as band chairman and president. She was also a member of Catholic Foresters and Catholic Workman. For over 70 years, Helen was active with the American Legion Auxiliary where she served terms as president and secretary.

Helen enjoyed many years with the Tyndall Women’s Bowling League, where she and her teammates won several honors. She enjoyed raising chickens for hatching and sold eggs during her time on the farm. She was remembered for her homemade noodles and kolaches. One of Helen's highlights in her life was taking a trip to Czechoslovakia to visit her relatives.

Helen passed away Monday, October 11, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society, Tyndall, at the age of 95.

Helen is survived by her four sons, Ernest R. of Watertown, Edward and wife Teri, David and wife Jolene and Steven and wife Teresa all of Tyndall; grandchildren Carisa (Brooks), Carie (John), Curtis (Jessi), Joe (Bonnie), Jon (Julie), Amy (Rob), Stephanie (Nick), Ryan (Sarah); great-grandchildren Brooke, Breanna, Riley, Blake, Marcus, Kyan, Logan, Carson, Kaylee, Ashlynn, Taylor, Austin, Jurni, William, Willow, Ja’La, Bennett, Evelyn, Vivian, Tenley, Daxton, Landon, Piper, Lawson, and Aubrey and great-great grandchildren Aspen and Aurora.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 44 years, Ernest E. October 29, 1992; brothers, Stanley at the age of 4 years, Joseph (Rozella) Carda and Clarence (Maxine) Carda; and daughter-in-law, Colleen Vavruska, September 8, 2020.

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My deepest sympathy to the family. I loved visiting with Aunt Helen and Grandma Carda. She was my favorite aunt, even though I was not worthy to receive her prized kolache recipe.

Theresa Carda Oct 15 2021 6:13 PM

My sympathy to yo DAVE and your family! Your mother was a very pretty lady and lived a long life!

Jerralynne Tjeerdsma Oct 15 2021 12:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Helen Vavruska

Cornelius Finck Oct 15 2021 8:27 AM

To the family of Helen, my sincere condolences to all of you. She was a great person and will be missed. May God rest her soul in peace

Joe Kostal Oct 14 2021 9:11 AM

Loved going to Ant Helen's when we stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Carda, there was always so much going on at their place. Would stop and see her after seeing Grandma in her latter years. She taught my wife how to properly make egg noodles on one of our visits. Many fun times with her and the boys, so many fond memories.

Ronald Carda Oct 14 2021 6:45 AM

Sending my condolences to the family

Sonia Carda Oct 13 2021 2:26 PM

Rest in peace Aunt Helen. I still remember you, Uncle Ernie and the boys speaking Bohemian around your mother, that fascinated me. I always tried to make sure to stop by when in Tyndall, at least to catch up on the courthouse activity and your grands and great-grands. You will be missed.

Mark Vavruska Oct 13 2021 12:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Helen Vavruska

Mark Vavruska Oct 13 2021 11:59 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Helen Vavruska

Shirley Herrboldt Oct 13 2021 10:43 AM