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Helena "Leni" Ideler

February 3, 1926 ~ January 18, 2021 (age 94)


Helena (Leni) Ideler

 Born: February 3, 1926

Died: January 18, 2021

 Helena (Leni) Ideler, 94, of Woodstock passed away peacefully at home on January 18, 2021, surrounded by family.

She was born in Dinklage, Germany on February 3, 1926 to Bernhard and Emma Moellers. In her twenties she followed her fiancé (Albert Ideler) to the United States, where they were married several months later. Leni and Albert celebrated 65 years of marriage on November 12, 2020, raising their family in Woodstock, IL.

Leni was a loving wife, mother, oma and omama. She was a talented seamstress who shared her talents with many over the years. In addition to sewing, she loved to knit, crochet and do amazing needlework. Her hands were never idle, she was always creating something beautiful. She was also an avid gardener who spent many hours outside tending her vegetable garden and especially her beautiful flower gardens which surrounded their home.

 She was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Woodstock. Spending many years as a Mariola club member, serving on several committees and singing in the church choir.

After her husband retired, they enjoyed many wonderful trips around the US, including Alaska and Hawaii, visiting family in Germany and spending the months of March in Arizona for 25 years.

Leni’s biggest passion was her family. After raising their 4 children she jumped right into the role of oma to her 8 grandchildren and then omama to her 16 great grandchildren. She loved nothing more than spending time with her ever-growing family, cooking the best meals, babysitting, providing rides to and from school, providing after school snacks to her grandchildren and any friends they might have brought with them that day, and helping out wherever she was needed. She was adored and known as oma to all. In recent years, she was most proud of her 16 great grandchildren, who never failed to put a smile on her face. She loved it when her house was overflowing with little ones.

Leni is survived by her husband Albert, four children, Edgar, Rita (Ray) Caywood, Monica (Dan) Starck and Maria (Paul) Sandall. 8 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Eric) Sullivan, Amanda (Mike) Rindt, Jessica (Adam) Estrada, Justine (Jonathan) O’Brien, Jason (Katie) Stack, Nathan Starck, Tanner Sandall and Travis Sandall. 16 great grandchildren, Logan, Caleb and Bentley Sullivan, Shylee, Braelyn and Della Rindt, Dakota and Easton Estrada, Bria, Weston, Shelby and Chase O’Brien, Bailey and Helena Starck, and Carson and Belle Starck, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernhard and Emma Moellers, and her siblings, Hedwig, Josef, Anna, Maria, Heinz, Ewald and Lissy.

There will be a short visitation at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin-Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock, IL at 11:30 AM on Saturday, January 23, 2021 followed by the funeral mass at 1:30 PM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Hartland, IL.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Journey Care (Hospice) Foundation, click here.

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January 23, 2021

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Schneider Leucht Merwin Cooney Funeral Home
1211 N Seminary Ave
Woodstock, IL 60098

Funeral Mass
January 23, 2021

1:30 PM
St. Patrick's Church
15012 St. Patrick Road
Woodstock, IL 60098


JourneyCare Hospice Care Center
405 N. Lake Zurich Road, Barrington IL 60010

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