OBITUARY: Helen Elva Viele


Helen Elva Viele


Helen Elva Viele died Aug. 28, 2002. She was 94.

She was born Feb. 18, 1908, in Chicago, Ill., to Mr. Reid and Amanda M. Reid. The family moved to Tabernash when Helen was 3 years old and later to Routt County, where she attended school.

While in Steamboat Springs, she met and married Wilton Charles Burke Sr. They then moved to Lincoln, Neb., where their son W. Charles Burke Jr. was born.

Following her husband's death, she moved back to the Pleasant Valley area near Steamboat Springs. While living here, Helen worked as a seamstress in Steamboat and met Torance Jefferson (Jeff) Viele, whom she married in Oak Creek in late 1928 or early 1929.

Then they moved to the Flat Tops, where her husband ran the Bill Sawmill and Lumber Co. and Helen cooked for the sawmill workers.

While there, their sons Floyd and Russell were born. Later they moved to Reary's near the junction of Routt County Road 132 and C.R. 132A, and while there their son Bruce was born.

They later moved to the Yellow Jacket Pass area, and while living there, their son Hal was born.

They returned to the Pleasant Valley area and while there their daughters Betty and Ima were born.

They then moved back to the home place on North Hunt Creek where Gary was born and Helen lived there until moving into the care center in April of this year.

Helen always helped on the family ranch as well as caring for her large family.

She enjoyed cooking, sewing and embroidery.

Helen is survived by her sons, Floyd (Dutch), Hal and Gary Viele of Yampa, Russell (Russ) Viele of Rifle; Bruce and Margaret Viele of Joplin, Mo.; her daughter, Ima (Imy) of Yampa; her son-in-law; Bob Happy of Yampa, also survives her. Helen leaves 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Charlotte and Ethyl, her brother, Roland, her husbands, W. Charles Burke and Torance (Jeff) Viele, her son Wilton C. Burke and her daughter Betty Happy.

Memorial donations may be made to the Doak Walker Care Center in care of Grant Mortuary of Craig.


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