Rev. Bill VanGerpen
Organist ~ Becky Tycz
Soloist ~ Bob Rueb & Lisa Knoll
"Where the Roses Never Fade"
"What a Day That Will Be"
“In the Garden”
Helen May Hovorka was born on Sunday, May 27, 1928 to Rudolph and Emma Sejnoha on the family farm in the Vodnany area. She graduated Tyndall High School in 1948. On April 25, 1950, Helen was united in marriage to Alvin Hovorka at the Federated Church in Tyndall. Together they farmed north of Tyndall in the Vodnany area. In the early 90’s, they moved into Tyndall following Alvin’s retirement. Helen was a very considerate woman who loved caring for everyone and everything; be it feeding her chickens or geese, nurturing her vegetable garden or household plants, or even preparing and delivering meals for her children and grandchildren at any hour of the day. Throughout her life, she sought to help people and to never let someone leave the house on an empty stomach. For a time, Helen also used her exceptional baking skills to make her from-scratch pies for the bowling alley in Tyndall. When not cooking or visiting with family and friends, Helen enjoyed watching baseball; especially the Minnesota Twins and her grandchildren’s games. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary.
In the fall of 2011, she became a resident at the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall. Helen died on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Tyndall having attained the age of 86 years, 2 months, and 17 days.
She is survived by her sons, Dennis (Connie) Hovorka of Tyndall and Charles “Chuck” Hovorka of Tyndall; grandchildren: Kristin (Josh) Vesely of Harrisburg, Stephanie (Cory) Nettinga of Harrisburg, Shane (Misti) Hovorka of Shakopee, MN, and Sara Hovorka of Sioux Falls; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose Novak of Tyndall and Evelyn (Joe) Schuch of Sisseton; sister-in-law Enid Sejnoha of Yankton; and brother-in-law Roger Jones of Dakota Dunes.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin in 1997, parents, Rudolph and Emma Sejnoha, brother Adolph Sejnoha, and sisters, Libby Hamberger and Emma Jones.