Helen Erichsen

Helen Lousia Erichsen passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at home in Des Moines at the age of 87.

Helen was born May 19, 1930 in Ute to Roy Lee and Louisa Albertina (Larsen) Sanders. 

Helen graduated from Danbury High School in 1947 and later graduated from business college in Omaha, Neb. She started, owned and operated Helen Erichsen Draperies and Design in Storm Lake, making custom draperies for many years until her retirement and subsequent move to Des Moines around 2005. She enjoyed her family and friends, sewing, needlework, gardening, cooking and playing Bridge.

Helen is survived by daughters Debbie (Scott) Friedrichsen of Schaller and Patrice (Larry) Fagen of Indianola; son-in-law Paul Thomas of Enterprise, Ala.; grandchildren: Jade (Liz) Handy, Dustin (Michelle) Handy, Casey Reppe, Jesse (Kelly) Fagen, Viana (Todd) Insley, Christie (Fred) Rudolph and Spring West; step-grandchildren: Stephanie (Justin) Hall, Christopher (Sallie) Thomas and Steven (Mendy) Thomas;  20 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Donna (George) Masche of Pittsburgh, Pa. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Paula Thomas; two sisters, Marie (Earl) York and Della (Karl) Graversen; brother, Leroy Sanders; grandsons: Shane Handy, Terry Hawke, Gary Hawke Jr. and Joshua Garrett.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct.14, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fraternal Order of Eagles, 6567 Bloomfield Rd., Des Moines. Internment will be in the Danbury Cemetery at a later date.