Helen Richardson, 82, for­m­erly of Barnum and Lehigh, passed away on Wednes­day, Jan­uary 12, 2022 at Humboldt County Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 20th at Holy Trinity Church. Burial will follow at Lehigh Cemetery in Lehigh. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Laufersweiler Funeral Home.

Survivors include her children Anna Marie (Jack) Stewart of Yucca Valley, CA, Jeannie A. Smith (John) Pendergraft of Hayes, VA, Jackie Kelso of Fort Dodge, Fred (Wendi) Schmieder of Fort Dodge, Richard (Susan) Schmieder of Jesup, 14 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, siblings Pauline Ball of Fort Dodge, Jim Miklo of Island Park, ID, Rose Mary (George) Hefley of Omaha, NE, Barbara (Dan) Hunt of Clare, Beth (Mike) Mortenson of LeMars, Don (Donna) Miklo of Clare, Robert Miklo (Matthew Lage) of Iowa City, Kathy (Jimmy) Kenny of Vincent, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Schmieder, parents Steve and Betty (Jondle) Miklo, 2nd husband Darrel “Swede” Richardson, brother Johny Miklo, her granddaughter Crystal Schooley and her grandson Andrew Schmieder.

Helen Jean Miklo was born on October 2, 1939 in Fort Dodge. She was raised and educated most of her life in Clare. She graduated from St. Matthew’s High School in 1957. On January 25, 1958, Helen was united in marriage to Fred Schmieder at St. Matthew’s Church in Clare. The couple established their home in Fort Dodge, and later lived in Aurelia, Lehigh, Spencer, and then they returned to Barnum. Fred passed away in 1977. Helen lived in Barnum for 28 years. She was united in marriage to Darrel Richardson on September 2, 2006 in Barnum. The couple made their home in Lehigh. Helen worked for New York Life Insurance Company for 30 years retiring in 2010. She was a past member of Fort Dodge Association of Life Underwriters and Holy Trinity Church.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.