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Friday, March 23, 2018

Helen Mary Casey

Helen Mary Casey, age 94, of Glendive, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Glendive Medical Center in Glendive.  

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive.  A vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. following the visitation.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glendive with Father Francis Schreiber officiating.  Rite of Committal will follow in the Dawson Memorial Cemetery.  Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Helen was born on the family farm November 26, 1923 in Sentinel Butte, N.D. to Tony & Catherine (Dietz) Barthel. She graduated from high school in Golva, N.D. in 1942. She played basketball all four years of high school and worked at the bank her junior and senior years. She continued to work at the bank after she graduated. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters. She met the love of her life, Delbert Duane Casey, and the dancing began! They loved to go to barn dances! They were married June 2, 1948 in St. Peters Catholic church in Wibaux. They spent the remainder of their days in Glendive with the exception of moving to Livingston from 1956-1960.

It was a very rare sight to see Helen sitting - unless she was playing the piano or pinochle (or a card game her kids or grandkids knew how to play.) She raised 12 kids and had two big vegetable gardens on Mobile Ave. In her later years, she was financial secretary for the Catholic Daughters Association and secretary for the Altar Society. She was also an active member of Women of the Moose for several years. Her favorite scripture verse was “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13, NKJV.” One of her favorite sayings was… “Do the best you can, pray as if all depends on God, work as if all depends on you.” When asked what traditions she would most like to see passed on as family traditions, her answer was, “To always believe in God, the creator (what a job, to create a human being!) and to practice their faith. I like the tradition of family meals eaten together and prayers said before meals, which my mother taught us.” Helen wanted her epitaph to read “Life is hard by the yard, but by the inch, it’s a cinch.” She was a wonderful, compassionate sister, wife and mother and will be missed by all. 

Survivors include her children, Duane (Lorna) Casey of Fort Worth, Texas, Ron (Sandy) Casey of Helena, Debra (Marshall) Odell of Missoula, Jeri (Jeff) Alarcon of Sandpoint, Idaho, Joan (Alan) Brown of Miles City, Marie McPherson of Havre, Sharon Casey of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, John (Cheryl) Casey of Glendive, Sandy (Paul) Steele of Lone Grove, Okla., Cheryl (Jeff) Allen of Glendive and Darlene (John) Bacon of Harlowton; 14 grandsons; 14 granddaughters; 19 great-grandsons; 15 great-granddaughters; her siblings, Christine Finneman, Dorothy Finneman, MaryAnn Marman, Leona Jacobs and Lillian (Bob) Patterson; and sisters-in-law, Betty Barthel and Audrey Barthel.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Delbert; son, Bob; son-in-law, Randy McPherson; grand-daughter, Natasha; grandson, Casey Alarcon; three brothers, Donnie Barthel, Laurence Barthel and Raymond Barthel; brothers-in-law, Ralph Finneman, Donald Finneman, Ray Marman and Johnny Jacobs; and a sister-in-law, Betty Mae.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com

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