Helen Marie Kaleas

Helen Marie Kaleas

Helen Kaleas, age 96 and lifelong resident of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 at Our House in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

The Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Wisconsin Dells with Father Eric Sternberg celebrating. Visitation will be held at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.

Helen was born Easter Sunday, April 4, 1920 in Hartford, Wisconsin the daughter of Bernard and Hilda (Olson) Conway. On January 25, 1941 she married Richard Kaleas. He preceded her in death in February of 1981.

Helen had worked as a grocery store clerk for many years but where she really applied herself was by volunteering her time and efforts and this too gave her much enjoyment and satisfaction. Being a dedicated and devoted member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church she was instrumental in functions at the church, the Catholic Women’s Club and coordinating funeral luncheons; and she volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Society store and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and past president. In 2007 she was recognized by the City of Wisconsin Dells as a Grand Marshall in the WoZhaWa celebration parade along with Frank Schoeninger for her contributions and involvement in the community.

Helen is survived by sons, James (Jean) Kaleas of Madison, Wisconsin and John “Jack” Kaleas of Seattle, Washington; a daughter, Mary Ann (Gary) Kaleas-Mattei of Wisconsin Dells; grandchildren, Aaron Kaleas, Kimberly (Paul) Carroll, Nicole (Shawn) Weible and Laura Kaleas and great grandchildren, Mariah, Elizabeth, Zander and twins, Avery and Elliotte. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; and a son, Jeffrey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Cecilia Catholic Church would be appreciated.

The family would like to thank Fr. Jay Poster and members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Baraboo for their visits; Jeff Buss for providing sacraments; Dr. Flygt and the staff at Our House in Baraboo for their friendship and care and St. Croix Hospice.