Helen Farnsworth, 84, Cresco

--Farnsworth, Helen 2Helen E. Farnsworth age 84, of Cresco, Iowa and formerly of Lime Springs, Iowa, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at the Cresco Care Center. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Lime Springs Community Center. Interment will be in the spring at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lime Springs. Friends may call from 3–6 p.m. Friday at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco and at the Lime Springs Community Center for an hour prior to services.

Helen was born Aug. 12, 1929 in Forest City Township of Howard County, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Sir) Necas. She attended Forest City country school through the eighth grade and then attended Lime Springs High School. On April 22, 1946 she married Gerald Farnsworth in Lime Springs.

She and Gerald farmed their entire married life. When he died in 1995, she moved to Cresco. She enjoyed socializing, gardening and was an excellent Czech cook. When she entered the Cresco Care Center in November of 2010 she enjoyed all activities especially quilting and crafts. Helen was a long-time member of the Lime Springs United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Lime Springs American Legion Auxiliary, the Birthday Club, the Howard County Hospital Auxiliary and was a 4-H leader. Most of all Helen enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Helen is survived by three sons Donald (Nancy) Farnsworth of Marshalltown, Iowa, David (Jann) Farnsworth of Cresco and Terry (Kerry) Farnsworth of Morton, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Nathan, Aaron, Debbie, Tracy, Russell, Lori, Ian and Christy; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Bernard (Floriene) Necas of Dubuque, Iowa; brothers and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary (W. L. ‘Champ’) Champion; and two brothers and sisters-in-law: Frank (Gladys) Necas and Leslie (Virginia) Necas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Lime Springs United Methodist Church.


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