Helen M. Elwell


Helen Elwell, age 85, of Oak Park, passed away Nov. 6, 2023, at her home. Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 10 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was at the church Friday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Helen Marie Elwell was born Dec. 20, 1937, in Foley, to Joe and Catherine (Katchmarek) DuHamel. She graduated from Foley High School and married Louis Elwell Nov. 24, 1956, at St. John’s Catholic Church. She lived all her life in the Foley area. She worked as a cook at St. John’s Area School and later worked as the produce manager at Coborn’s in Foley for many years. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers.

She is survived by her son, Ronald (Carolyn) of Milaca, son-in-law, Randy Rymer of Rice and granddaughters: Nicole (Mark) Sauer of Rice; Samantha (Robert) Ratka of Foley; Rachel Rymer of Rice; Heather (Ryan) Helmin of Rice as well as great-grandchildren: Brayden and Jerret Sauer and Raelyn and Jackson Helmin, and a sister, Diane Hilde of Oak Park. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Colette Rymer; brothers James, Richard and Kenneth; and two infant brothers Bob and John as well as an infant grandchild and an infant great-grandchild.