Helen L. Leavens


Helen L. Leavens, age 89 of Clinton, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019 at her home. In following Helen's wishes cremation rites will be accorded. A celebration of life will take place from 11 AM until 2 PM on June 15, 2019 at Rastrelli's. Burial will be at a later date in the Albany Cemetery. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Helen was born in Garden Plain, IL on Augus24, 1929, the daughter of Theodore and Ruth (Senior) Sikkema. She graduated from Erie High School in 1947. Helen married Charles Leavens on September 11, 1953 in Albany. Prior to her marriage and several years after, Helen worked at First Trust and Savings Bank in Albany as a teller. While raising her family she worked as a waitress at Rastrelli's and Gene's Tap in Fulton. She had been a member of the Albany Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially taking care of her grandchildren. Helen had many talents but loved making home-made jelly and distributing it to friends and family.

Helen is survived by her husband, Chuck; three daughters, Charlotte (David) Daehler of Thomson, IL, Karen Herrig of Camanche and Janice (Herb) Benshoof of Noblesville, IN; seven grandchildren, Lynne (Garth) Simeon, Janine (Jordon) Zantingh, Elizabeth (Ian) Knutsen, Krista (Brian) Deur, Kari (Eric) Dyjak, Allison Benshoof and Ryan Benshoof; seven great grandchildren, Norah, Atticus, Myleigh, Madelyn, Charlie, Avary and Austin and two sisters, Phyllis Sikkema of Albany and Patsy Titus of East Moline. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Lorna Jean, and son-in-law Adam Herrig. Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.
Published on May 20, 2019
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8 posts

Denny giebelstein
Jun 03, 2019
To Chuck and family, I am so sorry of Helen`s passing. I know what it is to lose someone so wonderful. My thoughts and prayers are with you
James Benshoof
Jun 01, 2019
Helen caught me acting a fool at Herb and Jan's wedding. I have apoligized. She was very kind.
Pat Bronkema
May 25, 2019
Sorry to hear of Helen passing---She was one of my dear Albany Friends. Such a pleasant lady with always a smile for you. Sharing my sadness and sympathy with her family. May she now be resting in peace---From a Friend, Pat.
Lory Broadrick-Rickertsen
May 22, 2019
I'm sorry for your loss Charlotte. I will always remember your birthday sleepover and we swam in the mud hole. She was a kind soul! May you and yours find comfort in all your memories! God Bless
Sheila Gould Smith
May 21, 2019
Chuck and family, so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jim and Karen Rastrelli
May 21, 2019
What a nice friend. We had a lot of fun times while working. God Bless you ,Chuck and your family.
Roxanne Holcomb
May 20, 2019
Dear Chuck and Girls,
So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts.
Mike and Linda Foltz
May 20, 2019
We send our Deepest Sympathies to her Family. I didn’t know her personally but I know her daughter Char, and she must have been a sweet Mother as she raised a Beautiful and Kind Daughter in You Char. May God be with you and bring you comfort in the days ahead. ❤️