Helen A. Anderson, 93, of State Center, IA, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural State Center. Anderson Funeral Homes, 405 W. Main St. Marshalltown, IA, was entrusted with the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to North Star Community Services. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.

Helen was born January 8, 1921, to George and Frances (Orzechowska) Szynal in Providence, RI, where she was also educated. Helen was united in marriage to Ralph W. Anderson in Rhode Island on May 12, 1945, and the couple relocated to Iowa after WWII. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural State Center. Some of the many activities Helen enjoyed over the years were reading, fishing, bowling, family activities and spending time outdoors – particularly watching birds or planting flowers.

Helen will be missed by her four children: Donn (Pat) Anderson of Marshalltown, John Anderson of Marshalltown, Linda (Jim) Monroe of Cedar Rapids, and Tom Anderson of State Center; two grandsons: Andrew Monroe of Denver, CO, and Matthew Monroe of Pipestone, MN; two granddaughters,: Shannon Wolcott of Maui, HI, and Amy Pace of Keystone, IA; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, four brothers and four sisters.