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Helen Louise Nielsen

July 7, 1932 March 16, 2020
Helen Louise Nielsen
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Helen Louise Nielsen, age 87, of Sioux Center, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 16, 2020, at Sioux Center Health.

There will be a private family funeral service on Friday, March 20, at the New Hope Evangelical Free Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jeffrey Whitt will officiate. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

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Helen Louise Nielsen was born on July 7, 1932, to Edward and Helen (Smith) L’Huillier in Marquette, Michigan. She was the oldest of thirteen children. She was educated in Jackson, Michigan, and graduated from St. John’s High School in 1950. After high school, she enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia, and then was transferred to San Antonio, Texas. She went on to serve at the Murphy Army Hospital in Waltham, Massachusetts, and was a Sergeant for the Army during the Korean War. After three years in the service, she received an honorable discharge on July 26, 1954. She went on to work as a secretary at Manhattan Recreation Center for five years. Louise moved to Worthington, Minnesota, and eventually to Sioux Center, where she worked at the Sioux Center Veterinary Clinic until 1989. Roy Nielsen, Jr. DVM and Louise started Revival Animal Health in the basement of their home in 1989 and Louise worked as Office Manager until 1994 when they sold the business to their eldest son, Roy Nielsen, III.

On March 16, 1957, Louise was united in marriage to Roy Nielsen, Jr. in Manhattan, Kansas. They were blessed with six children. Throughout their marriage, they were able to travel to many places both in this country and abroad. Roy and Louise loved their trips to Las Vegas for veterinary conferences as well as trips to Israel, Hawaii, and the Cayman Islands. The adventures they shared will live on as wonderful memories.

Louise was known for her playful sense of humor, even in trying moments. She cared for people and always looked for the best in everyone. Her family and loved ones were very important to her. Anyone that crossed Louise’s path was sure to hear that she had six children, three boys, three girls, three left-handers, three right-handers, three with brown eyes, three with blue eyes, three born in the ’50s, and three born in the ’60s. Louise was a big Iowa State University fan; on the days of basketball or football games, you could always find her wearing ISU attire. She never turned down an offer to ride along with family members to Bob’s Drive Inn in Le Mars. She loved Bob’s dogs! When relaxing at home, she loved to watch the squirrels and birds in the yard. Most importantly, Louise had a strong faith in God, and she deeply cared about living out the gospel. She was a member of the New Hope congregation.

Louise is survived by her six children, Roy (Marie) Nielsen, of Orange City; Elva (Rodney) Wells, of Sioux Center; Thomas Nielsen, of Canton, South Dakota; Karen (Larry) Miedema, of Sioux Center; Jennifer (Todd) Van Briesen, of Sioux Center; and Jean-Paul (Jill) Nielsen, of Elk Point, South Dakota; eleven grandchildren, Stephanie (Kyle) Den Herder, Brian Nielsen, Nathan (Becky) Miedema, David Miedema, Mark Miedema, Drew Nielsen, Chyann Van Briesen, Corbin Van Briesen, Mason Moeller, Gabrielle Nielsen, and Liam Nielsen; four great-grandchildren (they referred to Louise as GG), Taya Vrieze, Jayden Miedema, Bennett Miedema, and Alex Miedema; three brothers, Jim (Helen) L’Huillier, Danny (Lauri) L’Huillier, and Tim (Lauri) L’Huillier; and three sisters, Anne Kizziar, Barb (Robert) Keyes, and Theresa (George) Smith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Teddy, Tommy, John, Paul, David, and Gene.

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