Helen Louise Salek, 90, of Muscatine, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at her home.
Services will be held at a later date. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.wittichfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made in her honor to the family.
Helen was born on May 11, 1932, in Davenport, the daughter of Orville Ray and Merle Helen McKenzie Van Winkle. She married Louis Marvin Salek on October 28, 1950.
She worked at Sunset Inn, and as a cook at the county home, then later as a care provider to special needs children at New Choices. Helen was always on the go, getting out for all the yardsales, and going to the casino and bingo with her kids. She enjoyed being around people, and will be remembered as a woman who always put others first. She enjoyed shopping at the Dollar Tree, and her favorite color was lavender.
Helen is survived by her children, Michael Salek of Muscatine, Steve Salek and his wife, Patricia, of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, John Salek of Muscatine, Peggy Thomas and her husband, Kirk, of Woodbury, Minnesota; daughter-in-law Lori McGregor; grandchildren, Sean Salek and his wife, Hyesun Shin, Jason Salek and his wife, Allison, Brian Salek and his partner, Sara, Ashley Salek, John Salek Jr. and his fiancé, Ashley Rian, Jared Salek, Michelle Wright, Josh Everhart and his wife, Jodee, Christopher Davis, and Danny Davis; great-grandchildren, Francis, Alice, Emmarie, Leo, Stella, Iris, Lily, Dayne, Zaidian, and Kaylynn; a brother, Dewayne Van Winkle of Port Byron, Illinois; sisters-in-law Sandra Van Winkle and Marge Van Winkle, both of Bettendorf.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Nancy Salek and Theresa Davis; and her brothers, Howard ‘Buddy’ and Bob Van Winkle.