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December 1, 2022

10/31/2022 9:00:00 AM
Kenny, Helen Marie

Helen Marie Kenny, age 97, passed away on October 22, 2022, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Helen was born on January 26, 1925, in Clifton Township, Grant County, Wisconsin. She was seventh of nine children born to William and Icy (Conroy) Wagner. As a young girl, Helen attended New California School, and she graduated from Livingston High School in 1943. Helen worked at Fest's Cafe until 1944 when she left to accompany her brother Harold's wife, Jean Wagner, and their newborn son to Hobbs Army Air Base in New Mexico where her brother was stationed. Helen worked on the base until the war was over. When she returned home, she worked in the office at the Livingston Co-op.

Helen married Clinton Kenny of Platteville, Wisconsin, on January 21, 1950. They lived in Livingston and raised two daughters Vicki and Debbie. Helen and Clinton cherished the closeness they had with their brothers and sisters while they were growing up which continued when they were married and had children of their own. The families' treasured their time together and shared a love of large family dinners and country music. From 1964 until retiring in 1984, Helen and her husband Clinton ran Kenny's Market together. Owning a small business provided not only a livelihood, but also an opportunity to deepen their lasting friendships in the community.

Following Clinton's death in 1993, Helen continued to live an active life, which included spending time with her children and grandchildren attending their sporting and other family events, playing euchre at the Livingston Public Library, and crafting. She was a member of the Livingston United Methodist Church and the Rock Church Memorial Society. In 2011, she was honored to be recognized as Livingston's Distinguished Citizen of the Year. Helen lived in her home in Livingston until 2017 when she moved to CrestRidge Assisted Living in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. There she made a new family of friends enjoying music, bus rides, and other fun-filled activities. In recent years, she was blessed with four great grandchildren, who also brought her much joy.

Helen is survived by her daughters--Vicki (Donald) Kieler and Debbie (Steve) Becker, her grandchildren-- Chase (Aimee), Shane (Shiro), Brittany (AJ) and Lauren--four great grandchildren-Winston, Zara, Mila, and Luca, a sister-in-law-Dorothy (Doug) Kenny, many beloved nieces and nephews and her goddaughter, Rael. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton, her parents William and Icy, her brothers and sisters: Leora, Elsie, Harold, Ken, Howard, Jake, Lois, and Gail, and a granddaughter, Heather. She will be remembered as the heart and soul of her grateful family.

The family wants to thank the CrestRidge staff and residents, who truly became part of our family, and Agrace Hospice for their care, compassion and support at a most difficult time.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Livingston United Methodist Church at 415 W. Woodward Street in Livingston, Wisconsin, on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. with burial to follow in the Rock Church Cemetery in rural Livingston, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the church on Friday afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, the family is establishing a memorial in Helen's name.

Funeral arrangements are being provided by Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort, Wisconsin.

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