Helen Christina Schaal Knodel
Helen Christina Schaal was born June
30, 1903, in Yale, north of Bethune, to Samuel and Dorothea Bauder Schaal. She
was baptized in infancy and confirmed in Immanuel Lutheran Church of Bethune.
Helen grew up in the community, going to school and helping her parents. On
April 6, 1922, she was married to Edward Knodel. They lived on a farm northwest
of Burlington until 1962 when they moved to town due to ill health. To this
union five children were born: Mabel, who died in infancy, Arthur R., Lawrence,
Gladys, and Garven.
Her main interest was quilting. She made many quilts fro all her grandchildren
and many people in the community. She also spent many hours sewing and
crocheting, which were also her hobbies.
Helen had been in failing health the past two years, entering the Burlington
Rest Home two years ago. She entered Grace Manor Care Center on Sept. 17,
following several stays in Denver hospitals and the local hospital. On Oct. 28,
she entered the Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital and on Oct. 29 she passed
She was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers, two sisters, husband
Edward in 1983, and infant daughter Mabel. She is survived by three sons; Arthur
and Martha of Kanorado, Kan., Lawrence and Ruth of Burlington; daughter Gladys
and husband Jake of Goodland; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and
numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 4, 1991, at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel
Lutheran church of Bethune, with Rev. Ronald Powers officiating. Burial was in
the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, with Hendricks Mortuary in charge of
Rudy Schlichenmayer was the organist with the church choir providing the
Casket bearers were Arthur Knodel, Allen Knodel, John Knodel, Steven Knodel,
Timothy Wilkening, and Delbert Richardson. Honorary casket bearers were her
A memorial has been established for Immanuel Lutheran Church, and can be left at
the church or the Bank of Burlington.