May 22, 1924 - March 18, 2017


A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville for Helen Ann Waverek, age 92 of Avon who passed away at home on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Reverend Gregory Miller, OSB will officiate. Interment of cremated remains will take place at Calvary Cemetery in St. Cloud.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Parish Center and after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the parish center. Arrangements were by the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Joseph.

Helen was born on May 22, 1924 in St. Cloud to the late Joseph and Martha (Schyma) Netter. She graduated from Technical High School in 1942 and she worked at Woolworth’s during her high school years. Helen went to Hall Mercantile in Foley where she was a salesperson. She then moved to Elwood, Illinois with two of her sisters where they all worked for Elwood Ordinance in the ammunition factory, supporting the war effort. She also worked in Minneapolis at the Cornelius Company as an inspector. Helen returned to the St. Cloud area and was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Alphonse Waverek, on November 28, 1944 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in St. Cloud. They lived in St. Cloud until 1974 where they belonged to St. Anthony’s Parish. She was a loving wife and mother to eight. Helen was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish, a former member of St. Anthony’s Parish and Christian Women where she was a treasurer and school volunteer. She was also a den mother for the Cub Scouts.

Helen enjoyed bowling in her early years. She also enjoyed walking, gardening, feeding the hummingbirds and all the animals, playing cards with her sisters and taking pictures. One of her greatest feats was learning to swim as an adult. Helen was a huge Twins and Vikings fan who never missed watching a game. Above all, Helen treasured spending time with her family.

Helen is survived by her children, Toni Teigen of Rochester, Tom (Sandi) of Kalispell, Montana, Annette (Rob) Wurl of Solana Beach, California, Barb (Jim) Reedstrom of Duluth, John of Lolo, Montana, Mary of Avon, Natalie (Dennis) Chalmers of Northbrook, Illinois and Joe (Sylvia) of Champlin; 17 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; brother, Joe (MaryHelen) Netter of Norco, California; and sisters, Florence Joswick of Watkins, Marcy (Jack) Dockendorf of St. Cloud, Marti Stanton of Chandler, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Al in 2014; brothers, Felix, Carl, John and Tommy Netter; and sisters, Clara Netter and Christine Cundy.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to St. John the Baptist Parish Center, 14241 Fruit Farm Road, St. Joseph, MN 56374.