Helen Agnes Christopher Bernard, 86, Vermillion, passed away Dec. 29, 2018. Born Feb. 20, 1932, to John and Agnes Christopher, Helen was raised and educated in Irene, South Dakota.
On Dec. 27, 1950, Helen married Jerry Bernard in Mayfield, SD, at St. Columbia Catholic Church. Jerry and their son, Philip, preceded her in death.
Helen is survived by nine of her children, Chris (Donna) Bernard, Jefferson, Jim (Brenda) Bernard, Sioux Falls, Ann (Kelly) Ryan, Waukee, Iowa, Terry Bernard, Vermillion, Deb Bernard, Bellevue, Nebraska, Richard Bernard, Yankton, Karen Heege, Sioux Falls, Mary (Bob) Woods, Lincoln, Nebraska, David (Joan) Bernard, Dayton, Minnesota; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Helen is also survived by two sisters, Pat Lyle, Beresford, and Margaret Manning, Vermillion.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 3, at St. Agnes Catholic Church from 5 to 7 p.m. with the rosary following at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, on Friday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Agnes Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion.
Memorials can be sent to Ann Ryan, 873 SE Williams Ct., Waukee, IA, 50263.