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January 16, 2019

12/20/2018 7:30:00 AM
Helen Rosella Schraufnagel

Helen Rosella Schraufnagel, age 94, of Rochester, Minn., and a former Rhinelander resident, passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 at Madonna Meadows in Rochester, Minn. Helen was born Wednesday, May 21, 1924, in Glidden, the daughter of John and Rose (Pryer) Gottinger. As a child, Helen lived in Glidden and was a 1942 graduate of Glidden High School. She was married on Aug. 29, 1942 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Glidden to Henry "Hank" Alexander Schraufnagel. After they were married, Hank returned to serving his country during World War II and Helen lived and worked in Milwaukee for a short time. She moved to Rhinelander and lived with family and waited for Hank's return, which occurred in 1945. He no sooner returned from serving his country when in 1946 Helen developed Polio. She was able to make a complete recovery. The couple purchased a home in Rhinelander, living on Messer Street until 1961. They then moved to Woodland Drive where Hank had built a home. Helen was a devoted wife and loving mother. She enjoyed gardening, and her love of learning never stopped as she took classes on woodworking, upholstering, canoeing and cross-country skiing. One of her big dreams was to continue her education and in the 1970s she attended UW- Stevens Point where she graduated with high honors with a degree in Social Work. She then was employed with some of the communities in northern Wisconsin and later was employed as a counselor at Lincoln Hills. Helen joined the Women's Resource Bureau at Nicolet College where she was a grief counselor for 10 years from 1982 until 1992. She returned to college attending UW-Madison in the mid 1990s and earned her Master's Degree in Social Work which she was most proud of. Helen always enjoyed traveling with Henry to Florida and after he passed away, her trips to Hawaii, Mexico and her yearly trips to Texas to stay with her daughter. She loved to read and enjoyed writing. Helen was involved with the School of the Arts studies and offered housing to students who needed a place to stay. She was always very active in the Catholic Church Community and was involved in CCD, the Eucharistic Ministry and also was involved in Jail Ministry through Oneida County. She loved knitting and crocheting with a group of local women from the community. She will be remembered for her cooking and candy making, especially her truffles.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew her, especially her children, Sandra Forrest of Glenbeulah, Rod Schraufnagel of Oshkosh, Daniel (Helga) Schraufnagel of Rochester, Minn., Cynthia (John) Miller of Cleburne, Texas; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Schraufnagel, on Jan. 8, 1982 and by two brothers and four sisters. The visitation for Helen will take place on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, located at the corner of King and Conro streets. Fr. Kevin Farrell will be officiating. Immediately following the mass there will be a procession to Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Cemetery. Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. You are invited to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2018
Article comment by: Michael McCabe

Our condolences on the loss of your mother.
Mike and Shirley (Oldenburg) McCabe

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