Helen Alice Howard

Date of Death: Jan 19, 2017
Helen Alice Howard

1927 - 2017

Helen Alice (Pluim) Howard, 89, formerly of Waupun, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Four Winds Manor in Verona, WI in the gentle care of their staff and Heartland Hospice.

Helen was born March 9, 1927 in Waupun, the daughter of the late Thomas and Della VandeSlunt Pluim. On August 27, 1947 she was united in marriage to Robert Thomas Howard in Dubuque, IA. Helen lived most of her life in the community of Waupun. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and loved spending time with her family. Helen was a member of Pella Lutheran Church and the Ladies Auxiliary to the local Bently-Hull VFW. She was also active as a volunteer in her children’s and grandchildren’s schools, the church, and Boy Scouts. She received the honor of the Waupun Chamber of Commerce Mother of the Year award in 1966. Outside of taking care of her family and home, she enjoyed bowling and watching the Packers play, attending games even before Lambeau Stadium was built.

Those Helen leaves behind to cherish her memory include 2 daughters: Lonnie (Robert) Vollendorf of Eau Claire and Jan (Jeffrey) Roets of Waupun; 2 sons: Mitchell (Joann) Howard of McFarland and Michael (Lynn) Howard of Waunakee; 9 grandchildren: Jennifer (Pete) Fleming of Elk Mound, Elizabeth (Justin) Sausker of Jamison, PA, Charles (Jennifer) Roets of Waupun, Jill (Tyler) Harder of Princeton, Rachel (Patrick) Flanagan of Fond du Lac, Michelle Howard of Monona, Rob Howard of Middleton, Kelsey Howard of Waunakee, and Kate (Jacob) Getz of Barneveld; 13 great-grandchildren: Brielle and Rylan Harder, William, Ashley and Alexandra Sausker, Madelyn and Landon Flanagan, Timothy Fleming, Grace, Gwen, Adler and Davis Roets, and Maci Getz; 3 sisters: Thelma (Jud) Schlieve of Winneconne, Marlene (Ken) Schlagel of Beaver Dam, and Diane Farr of Nevada; 2 sisters-in-law: Lorraine (Pluim) Beers of Sheboygan, and Shirley Pluim of Waupun.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; 5 brothers: Alvin, Delmar, Harvey, Lester, and Louis Pluim; a sister, Bertha Doolan; 13 brothers-in-law; and 12 sisters-in-law.


Friends and relatives may call on the family at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Helen Howard will be held Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Werner Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Rev. David Brynelson officiating.


Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens in the town of Trenton.



  1. Michael Meton Says: January 24, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Mitch and Joann, Am sorry to read that your mom has passed away. I noticed that she was living in Verona, maybe by request of you and Joann. We are all at retirement age now so you were very fortunate to have her with you all these years. Cherish your memories of her and if you aren’t retired yet I hope you will be able to shortly. Haven’t seen you since our GEF I days. Best Wishes

  2. Pam Koerner Says: January 27, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Sorry to hear of Aunt Helen’s passing, thoughts & prayers for all you & your families.

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