Helen Joyner


Helen M. Joyner, 88, Bismarck, passed away on February 7, 2020.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 11th at the Church of Corpus Christi.  The visitation will begin one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bismarck.

Helen was born on January 28, 1932 to George and Angeline (Hecker) Schmidt.  She was raised on a family farm in Flasher, ND.  She worked at Century High School for many years as a cook.  Helen loved to bowl, go motorcycle riding, play cards and enjoyed being in Florida during the winter months.  She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members and anybody that needed a helping hand.  She will always be remembered for her big heart and spunky attitude and ripping up the dance floor.

Helen leaves behind two daughters, Marilyn Eckroth (Gary) and Karen O’Brien (Tom), three sons, Gary Bender (Patty), Mike Bender (Marlys Lupien) and Tim Bender, and a special goddaughter, Charlene Butler.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Ryan Eckroth, Weston Eckroth, Chelsey Tower, Brandon Bender, Dustin Bender, Brittany Rooney, Zach and Nathan Bender, 11 great-grandchildren, brothers, George (Clare) Schmidt, Frank (Bonnie) Schmidt, Patrick (Brenda) Schmidt, and Ben (Joell) Schmidt, and sisters, Delores Jorgenson, Katherine Kuntz and Bernadette Wanner.

She is preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Henry Bender, second husband, George Joyner, son, Thomas Bender, daughter, Shirley Vogel, son-in-law, Tom Vogel, brothers, Eddie, Richard and Bernard Schmidt, and sister, Lorraine Carmen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Sanford Hospice.  The family thanks the staff of St. Vincent’s for the loving care given to our mother.

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