Helen Louise (Finken) Moffatt
Helen Louise (Finken) Moffatt, age 97, of Neola, Iowa, passed away June 1, 2019, at Atlantic Specialty Care in Atlantic, Iowa. Helen was born on July 26, 1921, in rural Beebeetown, Iowa, to the late Benhart J. and Mabel (O'Neill) Finken. She graduated from Beebeetown Consolidated High School in 1939 and attended school at Iowa State Teacher's College, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Helen taught school several years in a country school and at Beebeetown Consolidated. On February 24, 1946, Helen married Richard M. Moffatt in rural Beebeetown. They lived and farmed southeast of Beebeetown. Three daughters were born to this marriage: Sharon Elaine, Beverly Anne and Janice Kay.
After Richard's death in August of 1989, Helen remained on the farm until 1993 when she moved to Neola. Helen was very active in the Neola Presbyterian Church with UPW and Sunday School and Bible School classes. Helen was a member of the OBJ Club, the neighborhood Bunco group and the Harrison County Extension where she was chosen Master Homemaker. She was a substitute teacher for Tri-Center Community Schools for several years, was active with the Hoo Doo Food stand for many years, and was Grand Marshall for the parade in 1995, and also supported the Neola Senior Center. In addition to her husband, Helen was preceded in death by her brothers, Lynn Finken, Ellis Finken and Verne Finken; sister and husband, Eileen and James McClannahan; sister-in-law and husband, Irene and Clifford Thomas; brother-in-law and wife Sam and Bea Moffatt; and brother-in-law and wife, Jack and Clementine Moffatt.
Helen is survived by children, Sharon (Richard) Redinbaugh, of Centerville, Iowa, Beverly Moffatt of, Atlantic, Iowa, Janice (Jeffrey) Gubbels, of Council Bluffs; 8 grandchildren, Monty (Jaclyn) Redinbaugh, Mariah (John) Lase, Misty (Jerall Smith) Redinbaugh, Matthew (Michelle) Redinbaugh, Jill (Chuck) Rudy, Eric (Sarah) Gubbels, Chad (Elizabeth Trepp) Gubbels, Heather (Sam) Groenenboom; her 13 great-grandchildren, Layne Redinbaugh, Kiley and Luke Lase, Matthew and John Logsdon, Aurora Jade Smith Redinbaugh, Kyle and Wyatt Redinbaugh, Colton, Colin and Callie Rudy, Emma and Coraline Gubbels; sister-in-law, Shirley Finken.
Visitation with the family, Friday, 5 to 7 p.m., at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Funeral service, Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at Neola Presbyterian Church. Interment, Neola Township Cemetery with a lunch following at the church. The family will direct memorial contributions.