Helen Garien

Posted August 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm


March 6, 1918 – Aug. 16, 2012

Helen Garien, age 94, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 at Higley Mansion, Cedar Rapids, following a sudden illness.  

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church, Monticello, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Al Polito officiated at the services.  Friends called from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.  

Helen Robertson was born March 6, 1918, in Wyoming, Iowa.  She was the daughter of John and Marie Bader, Robertson.  Helen attended rural schools in Jones County and the Monticello Community Schools.  She worked cleaning houses until she was married. 

Helen married Robert F. Garien on June 26, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa.  The couple lived for a brief time in Onlsow, and then moved to Monticello. 

  Helen has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church since she was 10 years old.  She was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Rebecca Circle.  She also belonged to the Lovell Homemakers Club.

Surviving are two sons, Robert L. (Jan), Marion and Alan R. of Rockford, Ill.; a daughter-in-law, Suzanne Garien, Clinton; seven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; 6 step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert F., on May 16, 1982; a son, Marlin, in 2010; two great-grandchildren; her sister, Martha Chapman; and a brother, James Robertson. 

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