Helen Irene Flahive, 97, of Ottumwa, died at 9:10 a.m. Jan. 5, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa.
She was born Oct. 15, 1923 in Marion County, to Lewis and Katherine Waisner Wallace. She married Leo “Red” Flahive Jan. 8, 1947 in Lovilia, and he preceded her in death Dec. 24, 1993.
A 1940 graduate of Albia High School, Helen worked at J.C. Penney in Albia, the Eagle’s Club in Ottumwa, and retired from the Wapello County Courthouse in 1985 after 16 years as night janitor with her husband.
A member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ottumwa, Helen enjoyed sewing on her treadle sewing machine, playing bingo and her trips to the casinos. Helen loved the holidays when all the kids and grandkids were home.
Surviving are two daughters, Kathy Stater of Ottumwa and Peggy (Dan) Reelitz of Pleasant Hill; a son, Patrick (Elizabeth) Flahive of Bettendorf; seven grandchildren, Allison Stater of Ottumwa, Andrea Stater (Leon McCuller) of Waukee, Melinda Peters (John) Ehrenfeld of Oswego, Ill., Eddie Peters (Hilary Kelly) of Galesburg, Ill., Tyler Christian (Robyn Levitan) of Charlotte, N.C.; Lauren Flahive of Clive, and Erinn Flahive (Tyler) Waltz of Urbandale; four great-grandchildren, Nora and Lyla Ehrenfeld, Jameson Christian and James Patrick (JP) Waltz; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Donna Peters; sons-in-law, Ed Peters and George Stater; a granddaughter, Natalie Stater; brothers, Robert, Teddy and Jim Wallace; and sisters, Ruby Clark and Florence Campbell.
Limited open visitation was held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at Reece Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.rfh-ia.com.
A private Christian Wake service was held at Reece Funeral Home. For those unable to be at the service it was shown at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page.
Private funeral mass was held at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Patrick Hilgendorf presiding. For those unable to attend the service, it could be watched live at 10 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2021, on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Albia.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church.