- January 25, 1936 - November 29, 2015
- Iowa City, Iowa
of Helen's Passing
- Memorials in Helen's name may be directed to:
University Of Iowa Childrens Hospital C/O University of Iowa Foundation
PO Box 4550
Iowa City, IA 52244
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“Steve and Mary Beth, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. The memories are flooding my mind from Plum Street. I remember your Mom and Dad...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Jim Croker - Iowa City, IA
“Steve, Mary Beth,and Family, I am sorry to hear of your Mother's passing, I worked with her in the Cashiers office at the U of Ia. until she retired....Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: David Lair - Coralville, IA
“Helen was my class mate , class of 1954. Leland was my firt cousin her brother in law. She sure did a lot with her life. I so enjoyed reading...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Marilyn Jensen - Coralville, IA
“Helen was a second mother to me and the rest of us Kennedys. She and Bob brought us along on fishing trips, camping trips and all other kinds of fun...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Joe Kennedy - Woodinville, WA
“Dear Steve, Mary Beth, and Family,
Prayers to you. We will never forget your Mom!
May you have some comfort knowing that she is now in God's gentle...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Celeste and Dave Vincent - IA
“Her Popsicles were legendary! As were her chocolate chip cookies and pancakes. Such a wonderful cook! So many great memories of Helen. Rest in...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Eileen Patterson - Nevada, IA
Helen Jean Gordon, 79, a lifelong resident of Iowa City, died Sunday, November 29, 2015 at her daughter, Mary Beth Gordon Kokjohn's home in Clinton, surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral Services will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Gay & Ciha Funeral Home, Iowa City with Rev. Dr. Barrie Tritle officiating. Visitation will be after 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery Friday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Helen was born January, 25, 1936 in Iowa City, the daughter of Jack and Virginia Yanaush. She graduated from Iowa City High School in 1954. Helen married Robert E. Gordon June 9, 1956 at St. Mary's Catholic Church Iowa City. Robert passed away November 24, 1980.
Helen worked at Northwestern Bell and Oral B before she became a mother and raised her two children, Steve and Mary Beth with her husband, "Bob." Together they gave their children numerous outdoor experiences including tent camping throughout the US, picnic potlucks at the Housel farm, gardening, and made homemade popsicles for all the neighbors to enjoy.
Following her husband's death, she began to create a wonderful life for herself. She reentered the workforce by becoming a cashier in the Business Office at the University of Iowa for 18 years. Soon she became an avid Hawkeye fan, and eventually followed all sports, but especially the Hawks and St Louis Cardinals. She continued her passion of the US and overseas travel through the Friends of Hills Bank and Trust, took bus trips to play the slot machines at area casinos, and enjoyed her long conversations with her best friend, Nancy Petersen.
A very special thank you to Bill and Jenny Anciaux and Doug and Sandy Vollstedt who made it possible for her to stay in her home until this past year when she moved to Legacy Assisted Living.
Helen is survived by her mother, Virginia Vae Yanaush; son Steve M. Gordon and his children, Avery and Aria; a daughter Mary Beth Kokjohn and her children, Rebecca, Christina, and Jacquelyn; and great -grandson, Owen, Rebecca's son; a nephew Todd A. (Karla) Smith and their children Megan, Jared (Kelsey), Kathryn, Kailyn, and a niece Heather L. (Dana) Holeman.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Gordon; father, Jack Yanaush; her sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Le Smith; and son-in-law, Bruce W. Kokjohn.
Memorials in Helen's name may be directed to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital c/o University of Iowa Foundation, and Mercy Hospice of Clinton, Iowa.