Helen Jean Frazier, age 94, of Norwalk died peacefully Friday, December 25, 2020 at Westview Care Center in Indianola.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Jean on August 14, 2021, at the First Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois. Burial of the cremains will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Moline following the service.
Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, everyone attending is required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing.
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Helen Frazier’s Life Story
Helen Jean Frazier, 94, died peacefully from renal failure on Christmas Day, 2020 at Westview Care Center in Indianola. Helen, who was known as Jean by family and friends alike, was born August 14, 1926, in Moline, Illinois.
Jean graduated high school in the spring of 1944 and spent that summer working at the Rock Island Arsenal, where her father Carl had worked since World War I. That fall she went on to the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. An avid Hawkeye from that point on, Jean later earned her master’s degree in counseling from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Jean worked as a Physical Education teacher in Sioux City and Boone before moving to Des Moines in 1957. She taught for one year at East High School and for 30 plus years at Lincoln High School. At Lincoln in addition to teaching PE, she also was the Girls Synchronized Swimming Coach. Jean retired in 1988 after teaching for more than 37 years.
Jean was married to Sherman Richardson on July 27, 1957. They had a house built on Elm Street where they both lived there until Sherman died in 1965. Jean continued to live in that home and did so after she married Howard Lee Frazier in 1969. Jean lived there until moving to Assisted Living at Vintage Hills in Indianola in 2018.
Jean was not one to sit still. Always proud of her Swedish heritage, she and Howard took trips Sweden, other parts of Europe, Canada, took cruises and traveled to many place on the globe. She was also involved in many community activities in Norwalk, along with her work in and for the United Methodist Church in Norwalk. She was active with retired Lincoln High teachers. She was an active participant in politics and a strong supporter of her favorite candidates.
Jean lived Hawkeye Black and Gold. At home, whether in Norwalk, Vintage Hills or Westview Care Center, one did not disturb Jean while any Hawkeye team was on television. From Football to Women’s Field Hockey, if the Hawks were on TV, Jean was watching.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Jenny and her step mother Edna, husbands Sherman Richardson and Howard Frazier, brothers Duane Swenson, Robert Swenson, sister-in-law Halcyon Swenson, son Ralph Richardson, grandson Patrick Warnock, great grandson Ian Warnock, niece Sherri Swenson and special friend Eugene O’Toole.
Jean is survived by daughter Gloria Warnock, sister-in-law Margaret “Peg” Swenson, nephews Craig Swenson, Barry Swenson, Andrew Swenson, Thomas Swenson, Steve Richardson and niece Jennifer Warren. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Adam Richardson, Danielle Kieckbush, Mike “Whitey” Warnock, Rob Warnock, Kate Zwart, Tamara Jones and numerous grandnephews and grandnieces. Jean is also survived by very special friends Ron and Katie Routh, Doris and Larry Cose, Dave and Nett Schaefer and Dave and Linn Turnis.
Due to Covid 19, a Celebration of Life will be held for Jean on August 14, 2021, at the First Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois. Burial of the cremains will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Moline following the service.
The family would like to thank Vintage Hills and Westview Care Center for the wonderful care they gave Jean. Memorials for Jean should be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines, Iowa.
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American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Animal Rescue League of Iowa
5452 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines IA 50313