Helen Ida Tatro


December 30, 1915 - April 14, 2014


Helen Ida Tatro was born December 30, 1915 to William and Emma (Kretschmer) Neugebauer in Hutchinson County SD.  She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dimock SD.   She married Floyd Tatro on January 3, 1942 at Wausa NE.  They lived and farmed at Milltown and Parkston and moved to White Lake in 1948.

Helen was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was active in Ladies Aid and taught Sunday School.  She was secretary of the Senior Citizens for many years.  She was also a member of the Hit and Miss Extension Club.

They moved to town in 1981, where she enjoyed making quilts and caring for children in her home.  She was dedicated to her family.  Helen will be remembered as a very loving, caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who sewed Karate outfits, clothes for dolls and cats, who let kids help her in the garden and kitchen and who held them for their naps.

She is survived by her daughter, Beverly (Rodney) Knutson of Centerville SD; a son, Wayne (Susan) Tatro of White Lake SD; two grandchildren:  Jason (Alicia) Knutson of Centerville SD and Tamara (Jerad) Shaw of Sioux Falls SD; six great-grandchildren:  Jaclynn, Alison, Shania and Kasi Knutson, Weston and Joseph Shaw; one sister, Lillian Law, Grants Pass OR; three sisters-in-law:  Ruth Neugebauer, Parkston, Rose Neugebauer, Ethan and Carol Neugebauer, Tripp and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1987, five brothers and one sister.

Those who live in the hearts of others never die.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, April 17, 2014
2:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
White Lake, South Dakota


Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
White Lake, South Dakota

Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett on April 19, 2014
thoughts and prayers to you all
Posted by Pat Helgeland on April 17, 2014
Bev, I was sorry to hear about your Mom. Please know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Eva Lou on April 16, 2014
Helen was a great lady so kind She was the best neighbor to us Loved her much
Posted by Michelle (Markhardt )Everson and family on April 16, 2014
Our sincere sympathy to your family! Helen will always be remembered as a beautiful spirit. I have many fond memories of her at church and especially at Halloween trick-or-treating when your grandparents lived in WL. Helen was so kind to my grandma, Elnora H. when she lived in the apartments. My grandma is 99 and lives with my mom's sister in Oregon.
Posted by Dan and Karen Meier on April 15, 2014
We share your loss.
Posted by Judy McCarthy on April 15, 2014
Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you as you mourn the loss of such a special lady! Aunt Helen was the Best! I loved staying with her and Floyd during the summers when we were young on the farm north of town. She made pancakes for Uncle Floyd every morning! She will always have a place in our heart as we remember her smiles and how happy she was to see us when we stopped by. We are so fortunate that she and Mom enjoyed many happy times together in their final years and that they could talk about past and current events. We know that they are with their Lord and Savior! I hope that our lives can be as fulfilling. May they rest in peace.
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