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“To Helen's Family,We just received our copy of the Hutchinson Leader here in California and read that Helen had passed away. May she rest in peace....Read More »
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“Well Helen, it's done. I love you and I will miss you so much. You've been a wonderful friend and I will never forget our memories together at PSC....Read More »
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Helen Christine Kohls was born on August 10, 1914, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Robert and Helena (Wendorff) Dobratz. Helen was baptized as an infant on September 3, 1914, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on August 15, 1926, both at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. She received her elementary education in Hutchinson and was a graduate of the Hutchinson High School Class of 1932. On October 1, 1937, Helen was united in marriage to Ernest W. Tews at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with 4 children. Helen and Ernest resided in Hutchinson. They shared 34 years of marriage, until Ernest W. passed away in January of 1974. On June 7, 1975, Helen was united in marriage to Ben Kohls at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Acoma Township, McLeod County, Minnesota. Helen and Ben resided in Hutchinson. They shared 9 years of marriage, until Ben passed away in May 1984. In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Helen held employment as a housekeeper for Elaine Clay in Hutchinson for 38 years. She also held employment as a sales clerk at Carrs Flowers, Bretzke's and Corson's in Hutchinson. Helen retired in 1977. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, where she was a member of Dorcas. Helen enjoyed dancing, and playing cards. She also liked to sew and made many quilts for family and friends. Helen especially enjoyed the time she spent with her children and grandchildren. Helen moved to Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson on October 25, 2006. She passed away there on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the age of 98 years. Blessed be her memory. Helen is survived by her: Children, Gene Tews and his wife, Sharon of Excelsior, MN, Glenn Tews and his wife, Joyce of Hutchinson, MN, Donna Tews of Hutchinson, MN; Grandchildren, Mark Tews and his wife, Kristi, David Tews and his special friend, Linda Garcia, Jim Tews, Matthew Tews and his wife, Cheryl, Andy Tews and his wife, Rachel, William Tews and his fiancée, Jennifer Hilton, Nick Tews and his wife, Crystal, Jani Tews; Great Grandchildren, Matt Tews and his wife, Brianna, Marisa Tews, Mikkayla Tews, Natasha Tews, Erin Tews, Zachary Wacker, Amanda Tews, Cody A. Tews and Christian Tews; Nieces, Nephews, many other relatives and friends. Helen is preceded in death by her: Parents, Robert and Helen Dobratz; First Husband, Ernest W. Tews; Second Husband, Ben Kohls; Son, Gary Tews; Brothers, Otto Dobratz, Fred Dobratz, Bernard Dobratz in infancy; Step-Son, Clifford Kohls; Nieces, Dortohy Dobratz, Shirley Christensen; Sisters-In-Law, Frieda Krueger, Florence Tews, Alice Dobratz, Mildred Dobratz; Brother-In-Law, Richard Krueger .

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