Funeral services for Cecelia Helmke, age 79, of Abilene will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021 at the Abilene Cemetery with Reverend Joseph Barlau officiating. Mrs. Helmke passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Village Manor Nursing Home.
She was born October 26, 1941 in Junction City, Kansas the daughter of Emil and Gertrude (Carlson) Strauss.
Cecelia worked as an Office Assistant for several businesses including the insurance and banking industries.
On April 19, 1964 she was united in marriage to Norman Helmke in Junction City. He survives of the home. Other survivors include her daughter Arlene and husband David Berven of Abilene, son Keith and wife Becky Helmke of Wellsville, Kansas, brother William Strauss of Junction City, three grandchildren Rochelle Krieger, Cody Berven, and Jacob Berven. Three great-grandchildren, Dezeray, Brooklyn, and Hudson. She was preceded in death by her sister Rosanna Upham, brother Emory Strauss, Emil H. Strauss, Jr., and her parents.
Family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5-6 P.M., at Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home of Abilene. Family suggests memorials be given to the Faith Lutheran Church of Abilene. Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW Third St., Abilene, Kansas 67410.