John and Sandy Bentley, Steven and Jill Hunt, Jeremy and Angie McColley, Paul and Kasey HuntInspiring Sunset was purchased for the family of Helen J. Richardson by Tribute Store. Send Flowers
Helen and I shared a bedroom growing up. She would brush my hair every night, and I would brush hers. We both liked to read and would use a flashlight after lights were supposed to be out. She loved rock and roll and especially loved Elvis Presley. She would keep changing radio stations until she could find his songs playing. She taught me how to dance to rock and roll and also introduced me to country music. We would share dreams. Her boyfriend was a tall blond steel guitar player named Fred. He was a few years older than she was, and she was in love with him. My sister was eight years older than me and after she graduated she moved into Fort Dodge. I missed her. She did end up marrying that handsome guitar player.
Helen was full of hopes dreams and very proud of her 5 children. Helen taught me to believe in myself and I knew when times would get confusing, or if I was sad that she would take time to listen.
She was also generous. 0n one of my daughter Tanya and my visits, Tanya because attached to a black cat. Wouldn’t you know it? That cat ended up going home with us.
My sister was a great sport and her smile would light up a room. She made Christmas’s fun. She had quite a life and left our a legacy of five children and grandchildren. She so loved her grandchildren. She was a beautiful woman, who had a big heart and a beautiful smile. I will always remember her smiling.
Thinking of your family during this difficult time.Stairway To The Heavens was purchased for the family of Helen J. Richardson by Tribute Store. Send Flowers
Deepest sympathy to you and your familyHope And Healing was purchased for the family of Helen J. Richardson by Love Tammi and Yo. Send Flowers
So very sorry for your loss. We are sure you all have beautiful memories and they will NEVER be lost. Our prayers are with you
I really enjoyed visiting with Helen and hearing so many stories. She was a loving,kind and beautiful woman. I also enjoyed meeting her children and of course Ziva. She will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers for you all💜
Aunt Helen was always one of my favorite aunts, her smile always lit up a room. My thoughts and prayers are with all you. Love to all.Abundant Greens was purchased for the family of Helen J. Richardson by Tanya Hefley. Send Flowers
Helen Miklo was born in the fall of 1939. World War II had just broken out in Europe. Hitler had taken over Czechoslovakia in March. German troops invaded Poland in September. Although the U.S. would not enter the war for another two years, news of the conflict was on the radio and in the newspapers every day. At home the Great Depression lingered but conditions were improving due to President Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. Unemployment was still high at 15%, but a marked improvement when compared to the 25% unemployment rate in 1933.
During these eventful times the Bohemian Hall was preparing for the grand opening of a new structure just south of Fort Dodge in Elkhorn Township. It was the gathering place for Czech families of Webster County for dancing and social meetings. Steve and Betty Miklo loved to dance to the polkas and waltzes that would be played there, but they did not take part in the opening because they were expecting the birth of Helen, their second child, who was born on October 2. Like her older sister Pauline, Helen was born at home. The family lived near the gypsum mills southeast of Fort Dodge and just north of Coalville in a house that did not have electricity or running water. Steve was working in the gypsum mills and helping his stepmother, Emera, run the Miklo’s small dairy. Betty stayed at home to take care of her children and to help with farm chores. This is the world in which Helen began her rich and productive life.