In Memory of

Helen M. Hildreth

April 18, 1936 - December 27, 2021
From: Altoona, IA

Altoona – Helen M. Hildreth 85, passed away Monday, December 27, 2021 at her home in Altoona.  Graveside Services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Crown Hill Cemetery, Jolley, with Pastor Jim Davis officiating.  Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City is serving the family.

     Helen is survived by her sons, William (Rhonda) Hildreth of Johnston, and C.J. (Karen) Hildreth of Grimes; daughter Sherri (Keith) Butters of West Des Moines; grandchildren, Samantha, Breanne, Zach, and Brooke; step-grandchildren, Eric and Mollie; step-great-grandchildren, Collins, Winnie, Sullivan, Brady, and Griffin; sister Loretta (Neil) Koeppen of Rockwell City; and other relatives and friends.  Helen was preceded in death by her husband Ronald W. Hildreth; parents, John Herman and Esther (Geisinger) Stein; and brother Lawrence Stein.

     Helen Maxine Stein Hildreth was born April 18, 1936 in a farm house near Jolley, Iowa.  She attended schools in Jolley where she battled rheumatic fever as a child.  She graduated from Jolley High School with the Class of 1955, where she enjoyed basketball and cheerleading.  Following her education, Helen worked at the AFC Office in Rockwell City.  On April 18, 1959, she was united in marriage to Ronald W. Hildreth at Lytton, Iowa.  The couple had lived in Marcus, Anita, and then made their home in Altoona.  Helen worked as a school bus driver for Southeast Polk Schools and in the summers she worked at Adventureland.  She enjoyed her retirement spending time with her grandchildren.  Helen will be greatly missed especially during this holiday season. 

Graveside Services
1:00 p.m. - Thursday
December 30, 2021
Crown Hill Cemetery
Jolley, Iowa
Pastor Jim Davis
St. Paul's Lutheran & Presbyterian Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
William Hildreth
C.J. Hildreth
Sammie Hildreth
Keith Butters
Breanne Butters
Brooke Butters
Eddie Courter


Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 9:57 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Helen was such a sweet lady. I know she will be missed greatly.”
- Ruth Dunham

Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 9:35 AM
“So sorry. Sending love and prayers.”
- Jacki Carver

Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 10:37 AM
“Loved Aunt Helen- She was a kind-hearted woman- my favorite phrase of hers she'd frequently say, 'Bless your heart!' Sending prayers for strength to all her family.”
- Heather Hildreth

Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 9:09 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss I thoughts and prayers are with you at this time”
- Mary & Knute Lindquist

Monday, December 27, 2021 at 5:44 PM
“Blessings and prayers on your loss. ”
- Karen Fisher

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