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Obituary of Helen S. Makalous

Helen S. Makalous, daughter of Joseph Beneda and Stella (Zacek) Beneda, was born January 19, 1917, in rural Wayne, Kansas, and passed away December 23, 2013, at Belleville, Kansas, at the age of 96 years, 11 months and 3 days.
Helen received her first 8 years of education at Stony Point Country Grade School District #`5 and graduated from Cuba High School in 1935. Helen’s parents’ farm was too far to commute, so she lived with her grandparents in order to complete her formal education in Cuba.
Helen met the love of her life at a basketball game. After seven years of courtship, she married Lawrence Makalous on August 31, 1937, in Concordia, Kansas. They farmed in the Cuba area for the next fifty-six years. Their union was blessed with a son, Eldon Gene, who died in infancy in 1944, and two daughters, Verlene and Verna Rae.
Helen and Lawrence raised their daughters on the family farm four miles north and 1 and1/2 miles west of Cuba, Kansas. They were proud recipients of the Kansas Bankers Award for Soil Conservation in 1979.
Upon retirement in 1993, they moved to Belleville. Here, Helen worked in the Eller’s Clothing Store, administered the Green Thumb Program, and worked at the Belleville Public Library.
Helen is a member of the Cuba Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon. She has been a devoted member of the Cuba Presbyterian Guild for many years. Helen baked numerous pies, cakes, and kolaches when the Guild supplied food for funeral dinners. She also furnished many pies for the Cuba Rock-a- Thon and other community fund raisers.
Helen was Past Worthy Grand Matron of Cuba Order of Eastern Star Chapter #265. Upon the closure of the Cuba Chapter, she has been a loyal member of the Opal Chapter # 115 in Belleville, serving in many capacities, enjoying the fellowship and love of her fellow members.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Stella Zacek Beneda, husband Lawrence, infant son, Eldon Gene, and brother, Ernest Beneda.
She is survived by her daughters, Verlene Jackson and husband Joyce, Chapman, Ks., Verna Rae Stewart, Belleville, two grandchildren, Joseph Stewart and wife Corey, Maryland Heights, Mo., Samuel Stewart and wife Carin, Newton, Ks., two step-grandchildren, Kellie Jacobs and husband Bill, Cairo, Nebr., Zach Jackson, Olathe, Ks., four step-great-grandchildren, Meagan Pierce, Travis Sandlers, Newton, Ks., Jack and Emma Jacobs, Cairo, Nebr., one brother, Frank Beneda and wife Juanita, one sister, Olive Havel, all of Belleville, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
Helen was a hard working farm wife who devoted her life to her husband and her children. She enjoyed interacting with people and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Graveside services by Ophel Chapter No 115, Order of Eastern Star, Belleville, Ks
Funeral services will be held Ten Thirty AM, Friday, December 27, 2013, Presbyterian Church, Cuba, Ks, conducted by, Pastor Phil Goombi.
Interment will be in the National Bohemian Cemetery, rural Cuba, Ks
Memorials may be given to the Presbyterian Church, Cuba, Ks.
Online condolences and information at
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, Ks in charge of arrangements.


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