Helen Mae (Carter) Kienzle, 90

Helen Mae (Carter) Kienzle, 90, a loving mother, dedicated care giver and devoted Christian woman was called home to Heaven on Oct. 29, 2018.

Helen was born on June 16, 1928, to George and Esther (Johnson) Carter in Gordon. She graduated from Alliance High School in 1947.

Helen married Albert Leisy on June 15, 1947 and to this union seven children were born. They ranched in the sandhills north of Ellsworth where she was active in the “Way out West” Extension Club. Over the years Helen also resided in Alliance, Rapid City, S. Dak., and Gillette, Wyo.

In 1969 Helen married Erven Kienzle and lived outside of Gillette, where she lovingly cared for her blended family. After Erven’s death she moved back to Alliance to care for her aging parents, Esther and Everett Reno. While in Alliance Helen became active in the Point of Rock Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) where she was a Regent and held the office of Historian. She was also an active member of the Daughters of the Mayflower. Helen often volunteered for and supported the Knight Museum as well as the Sallows Military Museum.

Helen was a devoted and dedicated Christian woman who was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church in Alliance.

Helen is survived by her children, Roger Leisy, Michael’s wife Linda Leisy, Gay (Ken) Lange, John (Cindy) Leisy, Glen (Tammy) Leisy, and Jeffrey (Karen) Leisy; step-children Jean Hof, Julie (Bob) Henry, Kevin Kienzle and Janette Haines; 19 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by her sisters, Linda Wright and Carol Reno (Jim) Lee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her second husband Erven; sister Verna (Carter) Essex; brother Larry Carter; infant daughter Joy; son Michael and step-daughter June (Kienzle) Shaw.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at the United Methodist Church in Alliance, with Pastor Gideon Achi officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Bates-Gould Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given to the D.A.R. Point of Rock Chapter.

 Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com.

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