Helene Anne Edel, 86

Helene Anne Edel, 86, of Marshalltown, peacefully passed away at her home on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Helene Anne Schemmel was born on September 2, 1932, in Granville, Iowa, to Alphonse and Rose Spieler Schemmel. Helene graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1950 and went on to receive her Associates Degree in Office Administration from Ottumwa Heights. Immediately following, she moved to Washington D.C. to work at the US Chamber of Commerce. On June 27, 1953, Helene was united in marriage to Matthew Edel at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marshalltown.

Helene was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother. In addition to her work at home and on the family farm, Helene worked as a secretary at Marshall County R.E.C., Charon’s Green House and for the Marshalltown Mental Health Center. She was an active member of St. Henry Catholic Church and enjoyed volunteering at the House of Compassion, the Emergency Food Box and Public Library. Above all Helene was devoted to God and lived her life sharing her faith with others.

Helene is survived by her children: Jeanne (Steve) Armstrong, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Greg (Jenny) Edel, of Marshalltown, Anne (Curt) Sinks, of Aurora, Colorado, Joe (Leisa) Edel, of Marshalltown, Sharon (Terry) Whaley, of Marshalltown, Chuck (Susan) Edel, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Doug Edel, of Anamosa, Ken (Sara) Edel, of Charlotte, North Carolina, Marisue Edel, of Marshalltown and Daughter-In-Law Peg Edel, of Marshalltown. Grandchildren: Jayne and Michael Armstrong, Raina Edel, Connor Sinks, Josh, Zach and Johnny Edel, Jake (Heidi), Nick (Baylie) and Rachel Whaley, Abbey, Gabe, Katie and Ellie Edel and Matt and Margaret Ann Edel. She is also survived by her brothers; Don (Mary Lou) Schemmel, Leon (Ruth) Schemmel, Tom (Mary Pat) Schemmel, Bob (Susie) Schemmel, as well as her many nieces and nephews, in-laws and other loving family members.

Helene is rejoining her husband Matthew; daughter in infancy Margaret and her son Jim.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in Marshalltown. A Rosary service will be held at 4:30 PM, Wednesday, December 5th, immediately followed by visitation from until 7:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit www.mitchellfh.com or call 641-844-1234. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Helene and her family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial funds may be directed to the family which will then be distributed to CIRSI (Central Iowa Residential Services Inc.), Marshall County ARC and St. Henry Catholic Church.