NIAGARA TOWNSHIP — Helen Mae Krull, 90, of Niagara Township, died Monday, June 24, 2019, at Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford.
She was born Dec. 13, 1928, in Niagara, the daughter of the late Nelson and Georgianna (Wellever) Chapman.
Because they lived on a rural farm she had to stay with relatives in Marinette, Wis., in order to attend high school. She graduated from Marinette High School in 1946.
While working in Milwaukee she met and married her husband, Herman Krull, on Oct. 25, 1947. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1999.
Early in their marriage, the couple lived in Iowa, Milwaukee and Beecher, Wis. They settled back in Niagara Township, where they raised their family.
Helen worked at the Niagara Post Office as a postal clerk for over 20 years and was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers. She enjoyed her job, delivering mail in what she always thought of as the beautiful village of Niagara.
She and Herman gladly shared the bounty of their garden. They loved the adventure of traveling throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Germany. She loved being outdoors, having been raised as a farm girl, riding horses, taking walks and gardening. Helen also loved baseball.
Most of all she was dedicated to her family, so she coordinated Chapman family reunions to bring them all together. She was faithful in visiting shut-ins, offering rides and sending cards.
She was an active member of the Niagara Happy Helpers-Homemakers Club. She lived life purposefully, which included being a founding member of the local chapter of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Throughout her life, it was important for her to be involved in her community church, which started with Evangelical Covenant Church, Mission Chapel, on Chapman Road, Niagara Union Protestant Church, and then First United Methodist Church in Iron Mountain.
Helen is survived by two daughters and a stepdaughter: Beth (Dave) Canavera, Judy (Tim) Smith, and Sandra (George) Pabich; 14 grandchildren: Scott, Terese, Nathan, Jacqueline, Dolly, Zac, Erin, Andrew, Wade, Stephanie, Kerry, Phyllis, George and Arianne; 22 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by two children, Bruce (LC) Krull and Kathy Oien; brothers, William, Earl, Dan and Guy Chapman; and sisters, Adelaide Trulock, Kathryn Haywood and Lu Ebben.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 30 at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m., with Tim Smith officiating.
Private interment services will be held at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Niagara.
Condolences to the family of Helen may be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements announced by Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.