Helen J. Kamphuis

Date of Death: Feb 17, 2013
Helen J. Kamphuis
[highlight_text] (1924 – 2013) [/highlight_text] Helen J. Kamphuis, 88, of Waupun, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, February 17, 2013.


[leftcolumn]Helen was born April 30, 1924 in the town of Alto the daughter of William and Anna Gysbers Veleke. On September 24, 1946 she married Rueben Kamphuis in Alto. Following their marriage, Helen and Rueben farmed in the Alto area and then moved to Waupun in 1988. Helen was a member of First Reformed Church in Waupun where she was active with the XYZ Bible Study. As a past member of Alto Reformed Church, she was active in its Ladies Guild, Mission Society, Sunday School teaching, and Golden Lifer’s Bible Study. Helen enjoyed being with family and friends as well as entertaining. She enjoyed embroidery, baking, cooking and various games.

Helen is survived by her and Rueben’s children, Russell (Sue) Kamphuis of Malone, Shirley (Ron) Kastein of Delavan, LuAnn (Calvin) Buwalda of Waupun, Robert (Connie) Kamphuis of Mayville, Beth (Mike) Dittmann of Waupun; 15 grandchildren, Jill Poretz, Jacki Reese, Ryan Kamphuis, Joe Kamphuis, Andy Kamphuis, Nick Kamphuis, Kyle Kastein, Nickelle Sletteland, Ben Kastein, Kellie Loerop, Mike Buwalda, Matt Buwalda, Jon Buwalda, Jake Dittmann, and Dan Dittmann; sister-in-law, Esther Kamphuis of Waupun; brother-in-law, Alton Kamphuis of Sheboygan; 16 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rueben A. Kamphuis; a brother, Robert J. Veleke; a sister, Everdean H. Lemmenes; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gordon Kamphuis, Andy and Marjorie Kamphuis, Erna Kamphuis, and Howard Lemmenes; and a niece, Wendy Seidlitz.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives of Helen J. Kamphuis may call on the family on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.[rightcolumn]

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Helen J. Kamphuis will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11 a.m. at First Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Calvin Vande Zande officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery.



  1. Steve Kemps Says: February 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I was saddened to hear of Helen’s passing, our condolences go out to the Kamphuis families. She was a kind person and I am glad to have met her.
    Steve & Tish Kemps

  2. Carol Pierstorff Says: February 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm


    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing; my sympathies are with your family.

  3. Ed and Dana Karl Says: February 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Thinking of you both at this time of sorrow………HUGS

  4. Derek Pufahl Says: February 19, 2013 at 6:29 am

    On behalf of the Phoenix Coaters West Assembly team you have our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
    Derek Pufahl and the Assembly team.

  5. Mike & Cindy Jaeger Says: February 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Our Condolences to you and your family. Your family are in our Prayers.

  6. Jean & Augustine Campana Says: February 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

    We were saddened to learn of the loss of your mom. By everything we’ve read, she was an amazing woman to be sure and has left behind wonderful children and grandchildren to carry the Kamphuis name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Kasia Tomczak Says: February 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Meet You At The Gate

    A beautiful garden now stands alone,
    missing the one who nurtured it
    But now she is gone,
    Her flowers still bloom, and the sun it still shines,
    But the rain is like tear drops, for the ones left behind,
    The weeds lay waiting to take the gardens beauty away,
    But the beautiful memories of its keeper are in our hearts to stay,
    she loved every flower even some that were weeds,
    So much love she would plant with each little seed,
    But just like her flowers she was part of Gods plan,
    So when it was her time he reached down his hand,
    He look through the Garden searching for the best,
    That’s when he found Helen, it was her time to rest,
    It was hard for those who loved her, to just let her go,
    But God had a spot in his garden, that needed a gentle soul,
    So when you start missing Helen, remember if you just wait,
    When God has a spot in his garden, She’ll meet you at the gate….

    Beth, my deepest sympathy.

    Kasia Tomczak

  8. The Roets Family Says: February 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear Helen passed, but it is nice to read how great of a family she had and how much she was loved. God bless you Helen!

  9. Wayne and Cindi TeBeest Says: February 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    We would like to pass our sincere condolences on to Helen’s family. She and her husband always seemed to find the best in people and brought a smile to our faces. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

  10. Jim Schumacher Says: February 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Bob and family,
    Sue and I send prayers, may you be blessed during your celebration of your mom’s life.

    Jim and Sue Schumacher

  11. Tim and Kristi Fredrick and family Says: February 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    To Helen’s family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. Please accept our belated condolences, as we only read of her passing today. We live next door at 712 Rock River Ave. We always enjoyed chatting with Helen on her back porch. She was such a sweet lady! Our son, T.J., mowed lawn for her sometimes. We really enjoyed her homemade baked goods, too. We will miss having her as our neighbor.

  12. Cindy (Bentley) & Fly Vanderkin Says: March 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Our deep sympathy and prayers to her children, our classmates. We only just now read the online Beaver Dam paper and learned of her passing.

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