91, of Wagner
Funeral services are 10:30 A.M, Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Wagner. Burial is in the ZCBJ Cemetery, rural Wagner. Visitation is Friday from 4 to 7 PM, followed by a 7 PM Prayer Service at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Wagner.
Helen Mildred Chernotik, daughter of Hans and Carolena (Wiechmann) Jespersen, was born May 7, 1922, on the family farm four miles north of Wagner. She passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society in Wagner, surrounded by her family.
Helen attended country school. She graduated from Wagner High School in 1939 and attended Mitchell Business College. She started work as a bookkeeper at Crabbs Transport Service and Gamble Store in 1940.
Helen married Jerry J. Chernotik on March 8, 1941 in Stanton, NE. They made their home on a farm 3 1/2 miles north of Wagner where they raised their family. She worked at Wagner School as a reading tutor form 1970-1980.
Helen was baptized Nov. 14, 1943 at the Wagner Methodist Church and was a member for 70 years.
She moved to Heritage Court after Jerrys death on March 10, 1992. She volunteered in the dining room there for 13 years. She became an avid card player enjoying pinochle and 500 with the residents. In 2005, she moved to Westside Estates where she resided until Dec. 31, 2011, when she entered GSC due to declining health.
Helens hands were always busy crocheting, doing crafts, ceramics, macrame and knitting. In 1980, she learned to quilt and that became her passion. She hand quilted numerous quilts that are treasured by her family and friends. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, the Hospital Auxiliary and one time the Country Quilters.
She loved her family very much and some of her favorite things were: her LUV2QLT license plate, making peanut brittle to give away at Christmas, Christian music, shopping with her sister and niece and visiting Colorado.
Thankful for sharing her life are her daughter, Jan (Jack) Lassen of Pickstown, SD; son, Thomas W Chernotik (Susan) of Sioux Falls, SD; five grandchildren: Cindy (Mike) Tuttle, Charles (Carol) Chernotik, Gerald Chernotik, Julie Forester and Thomas Chernotik Jr.; two step-grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren: Danielle, Chuck Jr., Erin, Matt, Adam, Kyle, Kaci, Dustin, Morgan and Ruger; two great great grandchildren: Trinity and Konrad; sister Arlene Merkwan and several nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her infant son Robert LeRoy (1941); husband; parents; brothers: Elmer (1964), Edmund (1987), Ramon (2007), Glenn (2011).