Helen Kenfield

Helen M. Kenfield (Schuster)

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Helen Madalyn Kenfield (nee Schuster), age 94, passed away on September 13, 2020 in her home at Jackson Crossings. She was born on September 29, 1925 in Elizabeth, CO to Frank and Eva (nee Castonia) Schuster. Helen was united in marriage to Richard Kenfield on June 7, 1949 in Moscow, Idaho. Helen was a caring and compassionate woman so it’s no wonder she devoted her professional life to caring for others. She received a nursing degree from Mercy School of Nursing in Oshkosh and worked as a Registered Nurse in doctor’s offices, hospitals and rounded out her career, in what she called her best job ever, as a school nurse at North Central Technical College in Wausau. Helen was a fantastic cook and loved her social activities. She belonged to bridge clubs as well as bowling leagues in Wausau. Her true passion however, was sewing. Her surviving family will cherish her memory in the countless number of sewing projects she did for them! After retiring, Helen and Richard loved to travel. Whether it was taking a bus trip to a Brewer game or a cruise down the Volga River, they truly loved spending time together.

Helen is survived by her children Mark (Maureen) Kenfield, Molly (Jim) Strachota and Tom (Lora) Kenfield; grandchildren Cassie (Chris) Martin, Andrew (Jordan) Strachota, Meaghan Kenfield, Lilli Kenfield, Ryan (Jenny) Bernardi and Kristen Kenfield and eight great-grandchildren. She is further survived by several nieces, nephews and other friends. Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Richard, her parents, her sisters Jo Schuster and Shirley (Don) Immerman and her son Peter (Linda) Kenfield.

A Memorial Service will be at 1:00PM on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Dr. West Bend, WI 53095) with Deacon Mike Koebel presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday, September 20th from 12:00PM until 12:45PM.

Helen’s family wishes to give a special thank you to the dedicated and loving staff at Jackson Crossings as well as the staff at Compassus Hospice Care.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 12:45pm
    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 1:00pm
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Deacon Mike Koebel


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Susanne Kettner

Posted at 10:40am
When Helen enjoyed her "best job ever" as school nurse at North Central Technical College in Wausau, she touched my life in sharing information about when her son, Peter had blastomycosis as a child. My two sons also had blastomycosis . They recovered as did Peter. However, my youngest son Jesse had many x-rays during the course of the disease. Apparently, so did Peter. I asked Helen if Peter ever had any health issues related to the repeated x-ray exposure? She shared with me that Peter was killed as a young man.
I shared my condolences with her. Ironically, my son Jesse was killed when he was 15 years old, so I, too, never was able to discern whether the repeated x-rays would have harmed his health. Helen was a great lady; I so much appreciated her candor and sharing Peter's story. Your family was blessed with a great wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I am thankful to God that Helen was able to counsel me when I was a young mom.

Tom Kenfield Posted at 10:30am

Thank you so much for for comforting words Susanne. She was a 'mom' to so many.

Kim S Pittsley

Posted at 07:04am
I was a nursing student at NTC when I first had the pleasure of meeting Helen. I was lucky enough to be her neighbor for over 20 years. She was a sweetheart. Take care. Kim Pittsley

Tom Kenfield Posted at 12:41pm

Thank you Kim, so nice to hear from you.

Mrs. Ann Meier

Posted at 11:25pm
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved mother, Helen. She will always be remembered as a kind and caring person who touched the lives of so many throughout her years of nursing and was much appreciated by all. May the wonderful memories of your mother provide your family with comfort until God's promises are fulfilled. Isaiah 26:19; Psalm 37:11, 29

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