Helen Veleke

Date of Death: Aug 07, 2021
Helen Veleke

1926 - 2021

Helen Veleke, 95, of Oshkosh, formerly of Waupun, passed away Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Eden Meadows in Oshkosh.


Helen was born May 15, 1926 in Waupun the daughter of Gerrit and Hattie Tobak Greenfield. On February 6, 1947 she married Lyle Veleke in Waupun. Following their marriage the couple resided in Waupun until 2009 at which time they moved to Oshkosh. Over the years Helen was employed at Teeple Shoe Factory and Electri Wire Corporation from which she retired after 20 years. Helen was a charter member of Trinity Reformed Church in Waupun where she was a member of the Women’s Guild, sang in the choir for over 50 years, was a Sunday School teacher and taught Catechism classes. Helen loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Being with them at family gatherings was one of the joys of her life. She and Lyle also enjoyed many years of boating together. She was an avid gardener, cross stitcher, and loved to read.


Helen is survived by her son, Bob (Jodi) Veleke of Clintonville, WI; daughter, Donna (Brad) Cooper of Oshkosh; four granddaughters: Rachelle (James) Smith, Stacey (Rick) Rahmlow, Angela (Greg) Lund, and Kristin Veleke (Kimberly Detherage); great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Angie Tank of Waupun; and brother-in-law, Paul Veleke of Ripon.


Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, in 2012; grandson, Richard Lee Westhuis; two brothers-in-law, Ray Greenfield and Wesley Greenfield; four sisters, Genevieve Navis, Gertie Kuik, Alice Van Der Laan, and Ruby Van Der Laan.


Funeral services for Helen Veleke will take place Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Cathie Vander Velden officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

Memorial Contributions

All memorials will be directed to Miravida Living Center in Oshkosh.



  1. Bruce Westerveld Says: August 9, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Bob and Jodi: You have our sympathy. Our prayers are with you.

    Bruce and Jane Westerveld

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