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Helen Schone

Helen Schone, age 86 of Wall, S.D., died Thursday, August 26, 2010, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Helen Marjorie Johnson was born July 15, 1924, in Sturgis, S.D., the fourth of five children born to Maurice and Tillie (Karrels) Johnson. The family farmed a section of land near Vale at Nine Mile. She attended a one room school near their farm for the first few years of school, then they boarded in town and attended St. Martin's Academy in Sturgis. During the depression years, her father went to work for the government in land management and was sent to Wall, where Helen finished her schooling.

Helen was united in marriage to Robert P. "Bob" Schone on June 3, 1945, in Tacoma, Wash. After Bob's honorable discharge, they made their home in Richmond, Calif., before returning to Wall. In 1958, the family moved to Cedar Pass until 1965 when they moved to Estes Park, Colo. After Bob's retirement from the Rocky Mountain National Park, Bob and Helen returned to Quinn.

Shortly after Bob's death on July 9, 2003, Helen moved into Prairie Village in Wall, where she has since resided.

Helen enjoyed knitting, crocheting and made many handmade gifts for family and friends.

Survivors include three sons, Donnie Schone of Interior, Dennis Schone and his wife, Sharon, of Rapid City, and Doug Schone and his wife, Teresa, of Rapid City; a daughter, Debbie LeTellier and her husband, Lance, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Leslie Johnson and his wife, Lorraine, of Helena, Mont.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Bob, Helen was preceded in death by a son, Kent Schone, on November 13, 2008; and three brothers, Frank, Howard and Elmer Johnson.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Monday, August 30, at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, with Father Leo Hausmann as celebrant.

Music was provided by Rita Patterson, pianist, and Todd Schultz, vocalist. Reader was Terri Harris. Ushers were Bob Johnson and Gail Johnson. Pallbearers were Chad Schone, Justin LeTellier, Travis Schone, Logan LeTellier, Alex Schone, Aaron Schone and Austin Schone.

Interment was Monday, August 30, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

An online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com