Helen Irene Hostvet, age 91, of Amery, Wisconsin passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the Amery Regional Medical Center in Amery. She was born December 19, 1921 in Beadle County, South Dakota to Fred and Irene (Carrington) Daugherty.
She graduated from high school in Wessington, South Dakota and went to teachers college, then taught in a one room schoolhouse in the area.
She enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps (Women’s Army Corps) during WWII. While serving, she met Dale Hostvet; they were united in marriage in Orlando, Florida on December 23, 1944. After the war, she and Dale attended the University of Minnesota where they both graduated with degrees in journalism.
Helen and Dale enjoyed a long and happy marriage and raised six children. Helen’s interests included gardening, sewing for her home and family, quilting, knitting, baking, playing bridge, and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, especially birdwatching. Helen was also a community and church leader; she established New Richmond Daycare; worked for St. Croix County Health Center, New Richmond News, and Maple Manor Nursing Home; and later owned a business, Dale’s Ad Shop, with her husband in downtown New Richmond, Wisconsin.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers Ken Daugherty, George Daugherty, and David Daugherty, her sisters Beulah Goehring and Lori Johnson, and her son-in-law Don Swanson. She is survived by her children Judy (Joseph) Paulson, Janet (Earl) Creps, Mary (Robert) Arts, Marlin (Kay) Hostvet, Laurie Swanson, and Lisa Levang, ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery with Helen’s daughter and son-in-law Pastors Janet and Earl Creps officiating. Music will be provided by her granddaughter Kendra Swanson. A visitation will take place the hour before the service at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. with Helen’s grandson Seth Hostvet playing “Taps.”
Pallbearers will be Helen’s grandchildren Nathan Paulson, Elisabeth Paulson, Jana Arts, Elisa Arts, Serena Hostvet, Seth Hostvet, Karissa Swanson, Kendra Swanson, Leif Levang, and Lindsey Levang.
To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute visit www.williamsonwhite.com. Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery.
Helen Irene Hostvet 1921-2013