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Helene Mooty

March 24, 1928 — June 15, 2018

Helene Doloros Mooty, 90, of Grundy Center, went to her heavenly home on Friday, June 15th at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center while under the care of UnityPoint Hospice. Visitation for Helene will be held on Sunday, June 17th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home in Grundy Center. The funeral will be held on Monday, June 18th at 10:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center with Pastor Randy Russom officiating. Burial will follow the funeral service at the Rosehill Cemetery in Grundy Center. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Helene was born on March 24, 1928 to her parents Laurence & Kathryn (White) Kline on Twin Willow Farm, Melrose Township, rural Conrad in Grundy County, Iowa. At the age of 10, Helene accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and was baptized in Doud Creek.

After graduating from Conrad High School with the class of 1945, Helene worked as bookkeeper and secretary for the Clarke Hybrid Corn Company until her marriage to Charles “Bud” Mooty Jr. They were united in marriage on October 19, 1946 at the Alice Church of God, in rural Conrad, Iowa. Bud’s parents built a new house for them on their farm in Washington Township in the Ames Experimental Apple Orchard, which was planted by Iowa State. 3 children were born to Bud and Helene: Margaret, Elizabeth and Charles III. After Bud’s passing in 2010, Helene continued to live on the Mooty Century Farm (1907-2007).

Helene was the family historian and has written two genealogies, which are in the Library of Congress; one on her Fink ancestry and the other one on Bud’s Irish ancestors, the Mooty/Auchmutys. At the time of her death, she was working on her Kline ancestry.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center, Daughters of the American Revolution, and former member of the Felix Peppy Peppers 4-H club, where she held the county office of historian.

Her joys included Bibles, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cooking for her family, the color blue, tomatoes and white flowers. Her favorite scripture verse was “God is Love”. She first learned it in Sunday school when she was 4 years old.

Helene is survived by her daughter Margaret Stahl, Charles III (Pam) Mooty and son-in-law James Traeger, all of Grundy Center; grandchildren Rachel (Chad) Simms, Mitchell (Alyse) Mooty, Dan (Andrea) Traeger and Levi Traeger; great-grandchildren Ryan, Madison & Lexi Traeger and Aria Simms; sister Connie Miner and brother Dr. John Kline. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bud Mooty; daughter Elizabeth Traeger and son-in-law Dennis Stahl.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, June 17, 2018

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Abels Funeral & Cremation Service-Engelkes Chapel

509 4th St, Grundy Center, IA 50638

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Funeral Service

Monday, June 18, 2018

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church

801 8th St, Grundy Center, IA 50638

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Starts at 11:30 am (Central time)

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