Helen Leu
March 5, 2011

Helen Leu
Mar 5, 2011

Iframe toggler
Free Grief Support
Plan Your Future
Free Newsletter

Helen Gertrude Leu, one of seven children of Nellie Jane (Wright) and William Whiting Wheeler, was born on March 7, 1919 at her parents' farm southeast of Glenwood, Iowa. She attended Little Brick Country School near her home and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1936. Helen attended Peru State Teachers College at Peru, Nebraska and then taught for eight years at the country schools of Little Brick, Reasoner and Old Pacific near Glenwood.

In 1944, Helen attended Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated in 1948. She accepted a nursing position at Nebraska Methodist Hospital and also cared for her nephew who was confined to an iron-lung machine in Omaha. She later worked at the Children's Clinic for area pediatricians.

Helen and Bruno Adolph Leu were married on September 25, 1953 at St. John's Lutheran Church at rural Hastings, Iowa. The couple made their home in rural Hastings where Bruno farmed and Helen was the Nursing Director for the Nishna Cottage Nursing Home in Malvern, Iowa.

When their marriage was blessed with the birth of their son, Lawrence William in 1956, Helen left nursing to become a full time mother and farm wife. Helen and Bruno were active members of St. John's Lutheran Church where Helen had served as president of Ladies Aid and Bruno held offices and helped with the janitorial duties. They were also active in the community, where Helen was a Cub Scout Den Leader and Bruno, an assistant scoutmaster. Helen was a member and officer of the Malvern Band Parents and volunteered her nursing skills at the local American Red Cross Blood Bank. The family enjoyed traveling and Helen and Bruno eventually reached all 48 states and later enjoyed spending several winters in Arizona.

Bruno retired from farming in 1981, and he and Helen moved to Glenwood, Iowa where Bruno worked as the maintenance person for their housing complex. They became members of Trinity Lutheran Church and Helen joined Dorcas Circle.

In May of 2008, Helen and Bruno moved to Duff's Friendship Villa in Nebraska City, Nebraska. They had been there only a few days when Bruno passed away on May 23, 2008, at the age of 90 years. They had been blessed with 54 years of marriage.

Helen continued to live in Nebraska City. She passed away on March 4, 2011 at the age of 91 years, 11 months and 27 days. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bruno; brothers, Charles Wheeler and wife Helen, and William "Bert" Wheeler; sisters, Jessie Wheeler, Beulah Inman and husband Herman, and Thelma McClurkin and husband Ernest "Mac"; and brother-in-law August Pontow.

Helen is survived by her son Lawrence Leu and wife Dawn of Nebraska City, NE; grandchildren, Bryan Leu of Nebraska City, Brittany Leu of Omaha, NE, Whittney Kelley of Lincoln, NE, and Savannah Kelley of Nebraska City; sister Phyllis Pontow of Hastings, IA; sister-in-law Margaret "Peggy" Wheeler of Tabor, IA; nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends.


Cindy Carnes on Mar 14, 2011

Larry I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Deepest sympathy and prayers to you. Cindy

Jan O'Neil on Mar 8, 2011

We are sorry to hear about Helen. She was such a good roommate for my mom, Jackie. She was so caring, considerate, and kind. We are keeping her and her family in our prayers.

Wieser Family on Mar 7, 2011

Larry, Dawn, Whittney & Savannah,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What a wonderful person Helen was, never thinking of herself always making sure everyone else was taken care of. I'm sure it was an amazing reunion at heavens gate! Love you guys!!

Rev. Robert Lindau on Mar 7, 2011

Dear Friends in Christ:
What joy is Helens as she is now reunited with her dear Bruno in the glories of their heavenly home. It was certainly my joy and privilege to have been their pastor and to have known them and the great faith they shared in their Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray that our Lord will give you comfort and peace at this time and strengthen you in your faith that one day you may join Bruno and Helen in Heaven.
Blessings in Christ
Pastor Robert Lindau, Emeritus

Deb & Terry Smith on Mar 6, 2011

Larry and family...hey cousin, so sorry to hear about mom. May your memories and the love of family and friends surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.


There are no videos to display


Add a photo

The services for Helen have not yet been added. Please sign up below to be notified when the services are ready.

Get Notified When a Service is Added

Have a floral question? Call +1 888 455 4590

Show Your Support

Express your deepest sympathy with a beautiful flower arrangement. ​Free same day delivery​ by local florists.

Healing Registry Unavailable at the Moment!


Product Name




Your Shopping Cart is Empty

Jane Doe ×

What's your email address?

What Would You Like Written on the Card?

Choose a Delivery Date

* Note: Delivery is only available on highlighted dates for flowers ONLY. Sunday delivery will not be available on all flower purchases.

Where Would You Like To Deliver To


No obituaries found

Product Details


Product Name



Iframe toggler
Free Grief Support
Plan Your Future
Free Newsletter

Sign in to add your memory

We will never post without permission

Share Photo/Memorial Tributes

Add to Your Calendar

Obit Checkin

Obituary Notifications

Grief Support

Get Updates - tribute notifications

Thank you for sharing your memory of Helen

Help show your support by providing a gift of flowers and spreading the word.

Gift of Flowers

Offer comfort and support to the family with beautiful flowers and spreads

Browse Flowers

Spread the Word

Help friends and acquaintances of Helen leave memories by sharing to Facebook

Share on Facebook
Proud Member: