Schluter-Balik Funeral Home & Cremation Service
(December 4, 1921 - June 2, 2013)
Helen Carolan, age 91, of Ridgeway, IA died Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse WI.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville, With Rev. Donald Hawes presiding. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 at the Balik Funeral Home in Spillville with a rosary at 4:00 there will also be visitation after 10:00 at the church on Thursday.
Helen Barbara (Soukup) Carolan was born on December 4, 1921, the daughter of William and Carrie (Ptacek) Soukup near Ridgeway, Iowa. Helen graduated from Ridgeway High School in 1939. Helen worked at the Ridgeway Post Office. She was united in marriage to Frederick Carolan on April 22, 1947, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville, Iowa. She and Fred lived above the Post Office in Ridgeway when they were first married. Helen worked for Ridgeway Poultry House for Lee and Grace Kecker and also was a noon cook at the Kozy Korner. Helen enjoyed quilting and making quilts for all of her grandchildren. She liked to play solitaire, read, and make carpet rags for rugs. She enjoyed traveling; making trips to Arizona, Washington, DC, Florida and Kentucky. She especially enjoyed visiting with friends and family, and was always ready to make a pot of coffee for all. Helen was a life-time member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and the Legion of Mary.
Helen’s survivors include her four sons: Kenneth (Norma) Carolan, Ridgeway, IA, Clifford (Judy) Carolan, Cresco, IA, Randal (Ellen) Carolan, Tucson, AZ and Mark (Ruth) Carolan, Ridgeway, IA. Two daughters-in-law: Vallori Carolan, Missouri Valley, IA, and Linda Carolan, Albany, WI. One sister-in-law: Grace Soukup, Decorah, IA. Eleven grandchildren: Stacy (Lauren) Carolan, Jenice (Christopher Hermanson) Carolan, Duane Carolan, Rick Wemark, Carrie (Hari Hassin) Carolan, Neal (Jamie) Carolan, Jenna Carolan, Jason (Sherri) Carolan, Nathan (Bridget) Carolan, Julie Carolan and Eric Carolan and twelve great grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents: William and Carrie (Ptacek) Soukup. Her husband: Frederick Carolan on May 10, 1998. Three sons: Walter Carolan in Nov. 2005; Roger Carolan in July 2005 and Stanley Carolan May 1981. One daughter-in-law: Joleen Carolan in 1994. Two brothers: Herman (Elvira) Soukup and Arnold Soukup. Brothers and sisters-in-law: Joe (Dorothy) Carolan, Tom (Margaret) Carolan, Jack (Julia) Carolan, Clem (Geraldine) Carolan, Philip Carolan, and Leonard (Cecelia) Carolan.