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Helen Rose Wittig

Helen Rose Wittig

Helen Rose Wittig, age 97 of Hudson, formerly of Plum City, died Monday, July 12, 2021, at Red Cedar Canyon-Cedar Cove in Hudson.

Helen was born on July 13, 1924, in Durand. She was the daughter of Henry and Agnes (Berger) Brion. Helen grew up on a farm in the Town Maxville, rural Buffalo County and attended school in Nelson and Durand. After high school, Helen applied for and was accepted for a civil service job in Washington D.C. However, Helen turned down that job and married Joseph A. Wittig on November 15, 1944, in Durand. After marriage they farmed on the Wittig home farm in the Town of Lima and later moved to rural Plum City where they continued to farm and raise their family.

Helen enjoyed baking, cooking, gardening, playing bingo, sewing and taking care of her chickens. She was well known in the Plum City area for her raspberries and egg delivery. Helen liked to travel, go square dancing, being a silent card shark while playing cards and hosting parties. She was also a member of the Altar Society in St. John’s and volunteering at the senior center. Most of all Helen loved spending time with her children, family and friends.

Helen is survived by her children, Janet Ardolf of Maple Grove, MN, Steven (Vickie) of Durand, Karen (Steve) Traynor of Zimmerman, MN, Diane (Mark) Collett of Prescott, Jean (Arnie) Maxwell of Afton, MN, David (Debbie) of Maiden Rock, Jerome of Plum City, Gloria (Bill) Link of Hayward, Rosemary (Rick) Jones of Woodbury, MN and Doris (Kevin) Weinzirl of River Falls; 23 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren one sister, Henrietta Guillaume of Caledonia, MN; sister-in-law, Irene Brion of Durand, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Agnes Brion; husband, Joseph; son, Roger (Julie), son-in-law, Duane Ardolf and two grandchildren, Anthony Collett and Matthew Collett.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30AM Saturday, July 17, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Durand. Rev Emmanuel Asamoah-Bekoe will officiate. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Plum City. Visitation will be from 9:30AM until the time of services at the church on Saturday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Donja Su Pickering

    Condolences. I was just reading a "Grandma, Tell Me Your Memories" book that my Grandma completed for me many years ago. Tomorrow's entry has Helen as a close friend from childhood, and throughout my Grandma's adult life. Helen sounds like a lovely soul.

  2. Diane Fox

    Diane - It has been many years since I have seen you, but wanted to say. My sincere condolences to your family for the loss of your Mother.


    Condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mother and Joe's Grandmother. Our family knows the loss you feel now. Your Mother will be in a better place now.
    Gerry, Jeanette, Betty and Wally.

  4. Fran Bohlke

    Jan, so sorry in the loss of your Mom, my deepest sympathy! May she rest in the peace of the Lord.
    Love Fran

  5. Monica &John Krings

    Our sincere sympathy to your family. Helen was a great lady. Missed seeing her these past years.

  6. Ned & Anna Waltz

    So Sorry to hear about the passing of your mom.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Helen’s family.
    Ned & Anna Waltz

  7. Deb Rutledge

    Rosemary, Doris, Jeannie and Diane,
    My condolences to each of you and your families. May she Rest in Peace.

  8. JoAnn Flatjord

    Thoughts and prayers to the Wittig family.

  9. Jim & Helga Jones

    Our sincere condolences to the entire Family
    Love, strength and Prayers
    Jim & Helga Jones

  10. Dorothy Armstrong

    Dear Rosemary and family. So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Thinking of you and sending a hug.

  11. Bernie Souvignier

    Jan- we are so sorry for your loss. I know you will really miss your mother. May she Rest In Peace. Our sympathy, love Bill & Bernie

  12. Jane Brekken

    Doris my sympathies to you and your family. What a beautiful legacy Helen leaves with her family of loved ones. May she rest in peace.

  13. Audrey Ryan

    Prayers to the family. Helen and Joe were great neighbors.

  14. Dennis & Ramona Schneider

    Sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone.

  15. Steve and Nancy Peter

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Helen’s family. She was a wonderful aunt and will be missed by many.

  16. Jackie Sailer

    Sending my condolences to the Wittig family.

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