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 Alberta A. <I>Jenkins</I> Rommel

Alberta A. Jenkins Rommel

Death 1 Jan 2013 (aged 92)
Burial Cremated, Other
Memorial ID 103781514 · View Source
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Alberta A. Helgesen Rommel, 92, of Sparta, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. She was born the 2nd child of ten children to Walter and Alice (Wegner) Jenkins on February 24, 1920 in Jenkins Valley, Town of Little Falls, Monroe County, WI. She attended Jenkins Valley School through the 8th grade.

On June 8, 1938, Alberta was united in marriage to Wayne G. Helgesen and they resided in the Sparta area all their life. Two children were born to this union, Gary Lynn Helgesen and Sherry Gayle Helgesen. As a family, they spent many good times watching Cataract baseball games and having picnics with close friends.

Alberta and Wayne drove twice to Alaska while Gary was stationed there. They also spent many hours trout fishing in Monroe County streams, and playing cards in their card group. Alberta was also employed as a clerk in various Sparta dress shops.

After Wayne's sudden death in 1969, Alberta married Norman Rommel of Melrose in 1972. They spent many winters in Arizona until his death in 1984. Alberta enjoyed cooking, backyard bird watching, and her strong coffee.

In February 1997, Alberta sold her Sparta home and moved into the independent living quarters at the Sparta Morrow Memorial Home where she enjoyed the companionship of many elderly people, socializing and playing cards. During this time she also endured the loss of both of her children.

Alberta is survived by her daughter-in-law, Mary Helgesen of Elizabeth, CO; grandchildren, Lynn (Arden) Sampsel, Tammy Helgesen, and Brenen (Susan) Helgesen; great grandchildren, Amanda Engel, and Becky, Bret, and Dane Helgesen, all of the Denver, CO area. She is also survived by 4 sisters, Dot/Leola (Gordon) Hutson of Davenport, FL, Shirley (Ken) Snow of Sparta, Carole (Lawrence) Ruedy of Sparta, and Betty (Loren) Kirkeeng of Sedona, AZ; 2 brothers, Harley Jenkins of Sparta and Harold/Chip (Maryke) Jenkins of Camarillo, CA. She is further survived by sisters-in-law, Mildred Jenkins and Rosella Jenkins, and by other relatives and friends in Sparta and Melrose.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her children; her husbands; a sister, Bernice Baumbach; brothers, Cleo Jenkins and Francis Jenkins; and a sister-in-law, Dolores Jenkins.

As per Alberta's wishes, her body will be cremated and there will be no funeral services. The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.


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  • Added: 19 Jan 2013
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