Obit: Helgerson, Carol Madeline (1929 - 2019)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Ewings, Helgerson, LaValley, Schottelkorb, Zuehl

----Source: The Cornell Courier - Sentinel (Cornell, Cadott, Holcombe, WI) 2/28/2019

Helgerson, Carol Madeline (LaValley) (14 JUL 1929 - 22 FEB 2019)

Carol Madeline Helgerson passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.

Carol was born July 14, 1929, the daughter of Wilfred and Martha LaValley. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and graduated from Cornell High School.

Carol and Bob were united in marriage Nov. 6, 1948, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cornell. They lived their entire married life in Cornell, celebrating 70 years of marriage in 2018.
They made their home on Eighth Street, until November of 2018, when they moved to Cornell Health Services.

To this marriage, four children were welcomed into their lives – Robert “Mike” (Nancy), Kathleen (Jim) Zuehl, Marilyn and Barbara Ewings.

She was a devoted wife, mother, musician, grandmother and homemaker. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran ALCW.

Carol played piano and organ at her church for over 60 years, using her musical abilities at services, choir, cantatas and countless other activities that required music to be played.

She was survived by husband – Robert; three children; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter – Marilyn; and siblings – Duane, Ottmar, Floyd, Clarice, Beatrice, Dorothy and Connie.

As their children grew, they enjoyed many activities as a family – camping, hunting, fishing, traveling and attending school activities. Later, celebrations of graduations, weddings, baptisms and the births of their grandchildren, they happily embraced.

After Bob’s retirement, they traveled extensively in the United States, and to Sweden, Germany, and Carol’s mother’s birth place, Norway. Many good friends were made in these travels.
Carol continued to be active with the activities at the church, particularly the music department. Knitting, sewing, reading and working crossword puzzles were her favorite hobbies.

Among their greatest blessings, are their beloved grandchildren, who lovingly call them Grandpa and Grandma – Matthew (Tracy), Andrew (Stephanie), Michael, Rachel (Marshall), Nathan (Roberta), Stephanie (David) and Jason (Erin); and great-grandchildren – Marit, Merrick, Björn, Graham, Ellie, Claire, Evan, Cadence Marilyn Kay, Maddie, Parker, Bryanna, Bryan, Makenzie and Morgan.

We are grateful for all the love and guidance they gave us, and values they instilled in all of us. We will dearly miss them but they are forever in our hearts – two beautiful souls called home.
“Memories keep a song in your heart,” so many memories and so many songs.

Their funeral services were held together at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 2, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cornell, with Pastor Andy Schottelkorb officiating. Interment was at the Cornell Cemetery. Visitation was from 9:30 a.m., until the time of service, Saturday, at the church.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Borton-Leiser Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.



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