Helen O'Connor

Helen A. O’Connor, age 98, of Capa, died Monday evening, January 5, 2004, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, at St. William’s Catholic Church in Midland, with a rosary and prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at St. William’s Catholic Church in Midland.

Interment will be in the Midland Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Philip is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Agnes Poler was born February 3, 1906, at Garland, SD, the daughter of Walter and Catherine (McConnville) Poler.

In 1907, the family moved to a homestead 15 miles north of Capa, SD, where her father was the postmaster at Bunker, SD, and her mother taught in rural schools.

Helen attended a rural grade school near Bunker with her three brothers and one sister in Capa. She attended St. Martin’s Academy in Sturgis.

With the exception of a few years near Burlington, CO, Helen lived her entire life in Capa from August 10, 1945, until February 27, 1976.

Helen was united in marriage to Henry O’Connor in 1923.

Helen will always be remembered for her "green thumb" in being able to make plants grow, and of her great love of animals and of Capa.

Grateful for having shared her life include her two sons David O’Connor and his wife, Delores of Lake Stevens, Washington and Philip O’Connor of Capa; four grandsons; two granddaughters; four great-granddaughters; eight great-grandsons; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Henry O’Connor, in 1946; three brothers, Walter, Francis and Patrick Poler; and one sister, Mary Walsh Livermore.

A memorial has been established.