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Helen Elizabeth Goodenough

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in Obituaries

 (5/1/14) Helen Elizabeth Goodenough, 86, of Melrose passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

Helen was born in La Crosse, WI, on November 28, 1927, to Walter and Elizabeth (Syvertson) Clark. She was a graduate of Melrose High School with the class 1945. Helen was united in marriage to Forrest (Frosty) Goodenough on April 27, 1946, at the United Methodist Church when the apple trees were abloom with their beauty, so apple blossoms were used for their wedding flowers. They were married for 56 years when Frosty passed away in 2002.

   Grandma was a hard working farm wife who always laid out a delicious meal for any hired help or carpenter crews. Frosty and Helen farmed a short while in Mindoro, and then purchased a farm on highway 54 near North Bend where they raised two farmer sons, Duane and Harley. She also worked 20 years at Fort McCoy.

   Helen was a member of the United Methodist Church, a 4-H leader, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Mill Creek Homemakers.

   She would always help the boys prepare their 4-H Brown Swiss for the county and state fairs, but also participated in the baking competitions herself, bringing home several ribbons. Grandma was always up for a dance at the Legion Hall or going out to eat with friends and family at 4-Corners. She and Grandpa enjoyed snowmobiling, pan fishing at several lakes, (Grandma was a very competitive fisherman.), camping and traveling with their motor home,

and getting together to play cards with their many friends and family. She claimed she was the champion checkers player at Melrose High School in her day, and taught her grandchildren how to play checkers and euchre.

   Helen is survived by her sons, Duane (Cheryl) and Harley (Ellen) Goodenough of Melrose; grandchildren, Julie (Cory) Nicolai and Joel (Amanda) Goodenough of Melrose, Gretchen (Dakota) Bockenhauer of Mineral Point and Garrett Goodenough of Melrose. Her great-grandchildren Ashlee and Cortney Nicolai and Jaeger Goodenough of Melrose, and her sisters-in-law Inga Clark, Connie Clark, and Joyce Pfaff also survive her as well as several nieces and nephews. Grandma's faithful cat, Churchill, will also miss her.

   Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Frosty, her parents, her brothers Clayton, Gerald, and Spencer Clark, her sister Alyce Bettis, her sister-in-law, Rosanne Clark, and brothers-in-law, Merlin Hanson and Gordon Bettis.

   Family and friends are invited to a visitation for Helen Goodenough at the Melrose United Church on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the church beginning at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be at the Melrose Cemetery. The Zwickey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

   Trump them all, Grandma, and rest in peace. You will be missed!

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