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Helen Hinrichsen

Helen Hinrichsen

Sioux City

Helen Katherine Hinrichsen, 89, of Sioux City, residing at Holy Spirit Retirement Community, died Oct. 4, 2018, at a Sioux City hospital.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, with viewing beginning at 9 a.m., and a rosary at 10 a.m., at the Holy Spirit Retirement Home Chapel, 1701 W. 25th Street. Burial will be Tuesday in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery at Plainview, Neb. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today, with a rosary at 4:30 p.m., at Christy-Smith Funeral Home, Larkin Chapel, 2320 Outer Drive North. Please enter on the Division Street side. The family invites you to join us in celebrating her remarkable life. Thoughts and prayers may be posted to her page at

Helen was born in Elgin, Neb., in 1928. She was the daughter of Mike and Catherine DeMuth. In 1948, she married Kenneth D. Hinrichsen in Plainview.

As a wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, friend, lay Carmelite, and member of the Confraternity of Mary as well as an active member of the Catholic community wherever she has lived (including Holy Spirit, Trinity Heights, St Michael's of Sioux City, St. Michael of So. Sioux City, Nativity, Immaculate Conception and St. Paul's in Plainview, Neb. Helen will continue to inspire those she touched deeply. Her love was freely given through a lifetime of parenting, praying, volunteering, sewing and baking lasagna. 

She is survived by her children and their families, Randy and Sherri Hinrichsen of Turner, Ore., Doug and Margie Hinrichsen of Le Compton, Kan., Lynn Hinrichsen of Aurora, Colo., Jolene Hinrichsen of Albany, Ore., Janel Hinrichsen of Tuba City, Ariz., Renee Hinrichsen of Topeka, Kan., Julie Pappenfort of Nixa, Mo., Lily (Carol) Hinrichsen of Bristol, Vermont, Lori Hinrichsen of Montpelier, Vermont, and Michelle and Vic Paltz of St. Helena, Neb.; as well as 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Julie Hinrichsen and her husband, Russell Dyke of Topeka, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Don DeMuth, Dolores Thomas and Ray DeMuth; her parents; her husband; and her children, Joan, Kent and Michael; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to Friendship House in Sioux City, Iowa.


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