Helen Stayskal, 92, of Marshalltown, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Southridge Nursing and Rehab Center, in Marshalltown. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Marshalltown. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., with a Vigil service and Rosary at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the Main Street Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, in Marshalltown. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Helen A. Stayskal was born in Toledo, June 7, 1920, to Joseph Paul Kunc and Magadalene Rebik. She attended both public and St. Patrick Catholic Schools in Tama. After high school graduation, she taught country school for nine years at Otter Creek and Carroll Townships. During summers she worked for Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids. Helen and six other gals lived on A Avenue and had yearly family reunions up until recently. She was united in marriage to Edward Charles Stayskal on May 21, 1946, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church east of Toledo by Reverend John P. Chicak. Later she and her husband moved to St. Louis where he attended Logan Chiropractic College. While there, they worked for Reinhart Catering Corporation. After Edward's graduation, Helen was office assistant, laundry aide, x-ray technician and homemaker. She enjoyed dancing, baking, fishing and playing cards. She played bridge in numerous clubs and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Chapter of the Local VFW. Helen was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church since 1961, and an active member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
Helen is survived by her two sons; Gary (Kathy) Stayskal, of Emporia, Kan., and Greg (Marion) Stayskal, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three grandchildren: Breanna Stayskal, of Grand Rapids, Mich., Megan (Eric) Hess, of Pittsboro, N.C., Nick Stayskal, of Decorah, and a brother, Bernard (Jan) Kunc, of Kimberling City, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edward; her parents; a brother, Lester Kunc and two sisters: Mildred Dostal and Pauline Phipps.