GOWRIE - Helen P. Sandberg, age 95, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Barthell O.E.S. Home in Decorah, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the Lanyon Covenant Church with Pastor Marc Murchison officiating. Burial will be in the Lost Grove Township Cemetery, Harcourt. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 17 until service time at the church. Palmer Funeral Home of Gowrie is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include son, James (Karen) Sandberg of Harcourt and daughter Nancy (Rob) Shadwick of Decorah; grandchildren, Karen (Scott) Meyer, Michael Sandberg, Bryan, Steven (Mey) and Erin Shadwick; great-grandchildren, Kalena, Tessa, and Alexa Meyer, Ryley and Paige Sandberg and Sophie Shadwick; sister-in-law, Winnefred Crosly; brother-in-law, Gene Foster; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents, Earl and Etta (Whiting) Putnam; brother, Gerald; sisters, Alice Tobin, Lorraine Foster, and Jeannette Seitzinger; daughter-in-law, Kathy Sandberg; infant son, Robert Karl, and husband, Robert, who died in 1977.
Helen Putnam was born on April 11, 1917 in rural Hardin County. She attended rural school and graduated from Whitten High School in 1934. Helen attended State Teachers' College in Cedar Falls, U. of Southern California and Drake University from which she received a B.S. degree in 1966. She taught school in Lanyon, Randall, Gowrie, and Callender, retiring in 1976 after 31 years of teaching. Helen married Robert Sandberg in 1941 and they spent all their married life on a farm west of Lanyon. She moved from the farm to a house in Gowrie in 1996. Helen was an active member of the Lanyon Covenant Church where she served in several capacities. She was a member of the Gowrie Federated Women's Club, a member of the former Book Club, the Over Sixty Club, Retired Teachers, and Covenant Women's Ministeries.
Memorials may be given for the family's discretion.