Helen Marie Ropte, 93, of Thor, passed away November 11, 2012 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday November 16 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge with the Rev. Lyle Hansen officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park cemetery, Fort Dodge. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt.
Helen Ropte was born December 11, 1918 to Carl and Bertha (Rasch) Brattmiller at her parents home near Clare. Helen received her education at Clare graduating from high school in 1937. During high school she played on the basketball team and continued to love sports her entire life. She was united in marriage to Arthur Ropte June 8, 1941, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek Township, Webster County. The couple lived all of their married life in the Thor area, where they farmed for several years. Helen helped many families in the Eagle Grove and Thor area by being one of the best housekeepers in the area and she continued working as a housekeeper until she was over 80 years old. She loved gardening (vegetable and flowers) and canned many quarts even when she was 90 years of age. Helen was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and attended many Iowa football games. Helen was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran church and was very active in the local churches by being a Sunday School teacher, attending Ladies Aide, sewing at the Thor church and many other activities. Helen enjoyed getting together with the women's 500-card group, taking long walks and watching John Wayne movies.
Helen is survived by her sons; Marc of Thor, Tom of Tecumseh, Mo; daughters, Susan (Tim) Brock of Mountain Home, Arkansas and Mary Lou (Tom) Hiltabidle of Eagle Grove; grandchildren Erika (Forrest) Stolzer of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Justin Brock of Washington DC, Matthew Hiltabidle of Webster City, Arron Hiltabidle of Eagle Grove, Melinda Hiltabidle of Boone; sister, Maxine Lage of Fort Dodge. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arthur in 1991, brother Carl Brattmiller, Jr., sisters Irma Schultz, Lillian Posegate, Minne Baker and Delores Larson.