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Helen L. Leavens - 89

8/24/1929 - 5/19/2019

Clinton, IA

     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. 

Celebration of Life:

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.


  • Sheila Franzen

    on 05/20/19


    Our sincere sympathy in the passing of Helen.

    Sheila & Don Franzen

  • Jim Dose

    on 05/21/19

    Helen was a wonderful person. I have had a soft spot in my heart for her for many years. She will be missed by her family and those who loved her. Becky and I offer our deepest sympathy.

  • Eric & Vicky Trager

    on 05/21/19

    Char: our hearts go out to you, Dave, and your family.  Helen was a sweet lady and we know you will miss her terribly.

    Deepest Sympathy,

    Eric & Vicky

  • Bill Dawson

    on 05/21/19

    Dear Chuck, Char, Jan, and Karen,

          I am thinking of you all at this time. Your beloved wife and mother and friend to so many will be truly missed. Yet, I will be forever grateful that I had the pleasure of having Helen in my life space. So many fond memories of her contagious smile and laugh, as well as, her kind, caring demeanor.   She was such a treasure to all!  "Life can be the same after a trinket has been lost, But never after the loss of a treasure." Helen Leavens was a treasure! 

  • Dave Steiner

    on 05/21/19

    One of the Best! She was one of the nicest people I have ever met! 

  • Patty Haferbier Matheis

    on 05/21/19

    To the family of Helen, I have so many memories of her growing up. Always wanting her to wait on me at Rastrellis, she had a huge smile to go with her kind heart. Even when she came into Sweetheart she always took time to make small talk. Gods Blessings to you all. Patty
  • Boni Hugunin

    on 05/21/19

    KL and family,

    So sorry for your loss.  I am blessed to have been invited to share time with your family.  R.I.P. Helen.  May God hold you in the palm of his hands.  Condolences and prayers of comfort.

    Boni and John


  • Marsha Pestka Hopkins

    on 05/21/19

    Sorry to read about your loss. My sympathy to each of you. Mothers leave a huge hole in a family. Hugs and prayers.
  • Barb Stevenson

    on 05/23/19

    sorry for your loss.

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