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Mabel A. DeHut Routheau Helmer

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

.April 4, 2013 .
.Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Mabel A. (Routheau) Helmer, Oconto, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Woodlands of Oconto one day short of her 96th birthday. Mabel was born in the town of Little River to the late John and Louise (Cota) DeHut on April 4, 1917. Mabel married Clair Routheau on Dec. 19, 1936. He preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 1964. She later married John Helmer on Feb. 19, 1977. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 2002. Mabel worked at several jobs over the years to support her children, but was most happy spending time with her family, and enjoying showing off her flowers and garden. She also enjoyed fishing whenever she had the chance. She was an excellent cook, and made sure that each of her children had their favorite pie available when they visited. She enjoyed shopping trips and flea markets, always excited to find that special treasure to show the family.

Mabel is survived by two sons, Rodney Routheau and children, Michael Routheau, Kristine (Tom) Smith, and Brett Routheau; Clark (Julie) Routheau and children Jenny (Travis) Shufelt, and Samantha (fiancé, Dustin Boucher); two daughters, Karen (Jim) Konop; and Penny (Roger) Aubut and children, Lance, and Kim (Tim) LaPlant; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren and step-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. Also surviving is her sister, Eleanor Mraz, Oconto. She was preceded in death by six brothers, Lyle, George, Harry, Ray, Roy and Donald; and five sisters, Irene Ragen, Muriel Olson, Ruby Lasley, Louise Scharmann and Mary Sief.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 5, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted noon Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Gerhardt Miller officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at

Mabel's family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Woodlands Oconto, for the wonderful care and compassion given to her, especially Shirley. The family would also like to extend special thanks to Clark for being Mom's caregiver for the past 16 years. His dedication is deeply appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be made to the Oconto Humane Society as well as other local organizations.