Helen Elizabeth Eyre Wambeke


(Aug. 20, 2007)

Helen Elizabeth Eyre Wambeke, a Powell native and 25-year postmaster in Deaver, died Monday, Aug. 20, at her Deaver home. She was 84.

Services for Mrs. Wambeke begin with a rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church.

Family visitation is open at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the church. The Rev. Father Glen Szczechowski officiates a 10 a.m. Monday Mass at the church. Burial is planned for Deaver Cemetery.

Helen Elizabeth Eyre was born May 27, 1923, in Powell, the daughter of Lucind Catherine (Roney) and Leonard Warner Eyre.

She attended schools in Powell, Deaver and a nurses training school in Weiser, Idaho.

Helen married William T. Wambeke on Sept. 14, 1945, in Billings, Mont.

She served with the Postal Service in Deaver for many years. Helen was named postmaster in 1962, and served until retirement in 1987.

Helen Wambeke was a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church and the Deaver Homemakers Club.

She enjoyed horseback riding, gardening, travel and the Wyoming Cowboys.

Survivors are sons Dan and his wife Susan Wambeke of Spokane, Wash., Melvyn and his wife Sara Wambeke of Deaver, and Nicholas and his wife Cheryl Wambeke of Deaver; daughters Kathleen Wambeke Harris of Phoenix, Ariz., Pauline Wambeke of Billings and Linda and her husband Gerry Thompson of Sheridan; sister Mary Lou Rogers of Billings, Mont.; sister-in-law Marge Eyre of Woodstock, Ill.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; a brother, Leonard; and a brother Roy and his wife Marie.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Public viewing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at the funeral home.