Helen Aalpoel

Date of Death: Dec 22, 2020
Helen Aalpoel

1931 - 2020

Helen Aalpoel, 89, of Waupun, passed away December 22, 2020 at Waupun Memorial Hospital.

Helen was born April 27, 1931 in the town of Alto, the daughter of Herman and Allie Bronkhorst Medema. On October 24, 1947 she married John Aalpoel Jr. in Waupun. Following their marriage the couple farmed in the town of Waupun until 1959. Helen was employed at Ideal Shoe Factory in Waupun for twelve years, waitressed at Hopp’s Restaurant for twelve years, and then owned and operated Helen’s Kitchen in Waupun for nine years, retiring in 1986. While a member of First Reformed Church, Helen taught Sunday School for several years. Helen was a hospice volunteer for seven years and a member of Edgewood Community Church in Waupun. Helen and John enjoyed wintering in Gulf Shores, Alabama for twelve years and two years in Tucson, Arizona.

Helen is survived by her three daughters: Marilyn (Michial) Ford of Waupun, Dianne (Mark) Hendricks of Alto, and Lori (Mitch) Woock of Portage; eight grandchildren: Chad Ford, Melanie (Erick) Gerritson, Jennifer (Jonathan) Scheuers, Heath (Marcelle) Hendricks, Jared (Shyla) Woock, Adam Woock, Zachary (Mariah) Woock, and Noah Woock; seven great-grandchildren: Alec, Kade, Brady, Cassie, Ethan, Ellise, and Luke; two sisters: Margaret Mittelstaedt of Waupun and Thelma Medema of Waupun; a brother, Rev. Ted (Julie) Medema of Alto; brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, John Aalpoel Jr. of Waupun; her parents; a great-grandchild, Alex; and four brothers, Alvin Medema, George Medema, John Medema, and Clayton Medema.

Private Services

Private services will be held.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers a memorial in Helen’s name will be started.



  1. Diane Posthuma Says: December 22, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I always enjoyed visiting with Helen when I was doing her hair

  2. MARILYN OLSON Says: December 24, 2020 at 9:41 am

    I got to know Helen in Gulf Shores, many years ago, and have kept in touch with birthday and Christmas cards since. I saw that she had gone into a home this past year, but didn’t know how her health was. I’m very sorry to hear of her passing, but now she is with John. Peace to her, and my sympathy to all the family. Marilyn Olson

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