Helen L. Robelia, age 86, of Wabasha and formerly of Pepin, WI, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center in Wabasha.
Helen Lucille was born September 18, 1933, in Wabasha, MN, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Loechler) Kreye. She graduated from St. Felix High School, Wabasha. She married Robert Robelia October 26, 1957, at St. Felix Catholic Church, Wabasha. The couple moved from St. Paul to Goat Back Hill in rural Pepin in 1960 when they purchased a farm there. In May, 1989 they moved to Pepin and in 2015, she moved to Wabasha.
She worked with Bob on the farm, but also was also employed as a cook at Pepin Manor Nursing Home and at the Goodhue County Jail. Helen was a member of St. Felix Catholic Church, Wabasha; the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Auxiliary; Pepin’s Home Makers and she was also a 4-H Leader. She enjoyed baking and cooking for all her family and friends.
She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, George Robelia, Wabasha, MN, Thomas Robelia and Melissa Loechler, Wabasha, MN; daughters and son-in-law, Cindy Hase (Lyall Borth), Woodville, WI, Roberta Robelia, Altoona, WI; six grandchildren, Tatiana and Midoree Robelia, Bailey (Brandon) Nordby, Zachary Borth, Courtnee and Summerlynn Lebeter; three great-grandchildren, Brighton, Sean and Caitlyn Nordby; one brother Richard “Cracky” Kreye, Wabasha, MN; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Kreye, Durand, WI and Marcine Kreye, Pleasant Prairie, IL; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert, four sisters, six brothers and an infant brother.
A funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Felix Catholic Church, Wabasha with the Reverend Father Gregory Parrott and Deacon John Hust officiating. Interment will be at St. Felix Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jim Kreye, Charlie Kreye, Dean Passe, Ronald Robelia, Dr. Paul Robelia, and Jerry Zimmerman.
Family and friends may call at the Abbott Funeral Home, Wabasha on Tuesday, October 22 from 4-7 p.m. where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday one hour before the Mass.
Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.abbottfh.com
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