Neoma Helzeer - February 03, 2011Former Aurora resident Neoma Helzer, 88, of Grand Island, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 at Tiffany Square in Grand Island
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 11, at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Aurora. Rev. Michael Benischek will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Memorials may be made to the Nebraska Nature Conservancy or the Clay County Historical Society and Museum.
Neoma Christine Helzer, daughter of John and Ida (Nuss) Griess, was born on the family farm near Sutton on Aug. 11, 1922.
She grew up and graduated with honors from Sutton High School in 1940. Following her graduation she attended Kearney College for one summer session and then taught country school for three years.
Neoma was united in marriage to Paul Frederick Helzer on June 7, 1942 at her parents’ home in Clay County. Following their marriage they lived most of their life on a farm in Clay County where she was a homemaker and farmer’s wife. They retired from farming in 1980 and moved to Aurora. Paul passed away on Jan. 4, 1990. She moved to Grand Island in July of 1997.
Neoma was also an avid seamstress, 4-H leader and Sunday School teacher. She belonged to an Extension club for 30 years and served on the 4-H Council and the Clay County Extension Board.
She was a member of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ for 60 years. Neoma enjoyed word and card games and traveling.
Survivors include her son, Norman (Linda Mae) Helzer of Lincoln; two daughters, Linda (Ralph) Kulm of O’Neill and Arlis (Michael) Henry of Lindsborg, Kan.; six grandchildren, Scott Cerveny, Christopher Helzer, Debra Sturgeon, Tina Henry, Ross Cerveny and James Henry; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rudolph and Walter Griess; and three sisters, Linnea Benke, Talitha Wach and Sedonia Trautman.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; three brothers, Oscar Griess and Robert and Ivan Griess in infancy; two sisters, Annetta Roseburg and Marie Fitzgerald; daughter-in-law, Susan Helzer and great-grandson, Hunter Henry.