Helen Irene Wikel
”1932 - 2010”

    Helen Irene Wikel

    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
      Matthew 5:4

      Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
      love leaves a memory no one can steal."
        Author: From a headstone in Ireland
          ~ Unknown

      Helen Irene Wikel
      Helen Irene Wikel passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2010. Graveside services for Helen Irene Wikel will be held on Monday, June 14, 2010, at 10 a.m., at Tahlequah City Cemetery, with Rev. D.J. McCarter officiating. Helen will be available for viewing at Hart Funeral Home from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Interment will follow services at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to the care of Hart Funeral Home of Tahlequah. Honorary pallbearers for Helen include her son, Jim Wikel, sons-in-law Carl Hornet and John Tillison, and her grandsons, Nathan Wikel, Justin Tillison, Jeff Tillison, and James Tillison. Helen Irene Wikel was born on Monday, Aug. 15, 1932, in Tiff City, Mo., the daughter of Valentine and Lola (Seals) Hardy. Helen graduated from Osage High School. On Oct. 25, 1952, Helen married Clifford W. Wikel. This union was blessed with three children: Jim, Janis, and Judy. In 1981, Helen moved to Tahlequah to be near her family. She was employed as a certified medication aide at Go Ye Village in Tahlequah. When she wasn’t working, Helen loved any day spent in the company of her grandchildren. An avid sports lover, Helen could be found watching her favorite teams, OU and the 49ers, playing football. She was spunky and very independent, a trait she passed on to her children. A Christian by faith, she was a member of the Baptist church. Helen was called to her eternal rest on Thursday, June 10, 2010, in Tulsa with her family at her side. Her presence will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was 77 years old. Helen is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clifford in 1997, and two brothers, Jerry and Percy Hardy. Those left to cherish her memory include her three loving children, Jim Wikel of Everett, Wa., Janis Hornet and husband, Carl, of Tahlequah, and Judy Tillison and husband, John, also of Tahlequah. Her sister in Miami is Naomi McFadden. Her legacy lives on in her six grandchildren, Nathan Wikel, Justin Tillison, Jeff Tillison, James Tillison, Jennifer Tillison, and Janel Tillison, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones. Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, 456-8823.
      Resource: The BigHeart Times July, 2010

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