Helyne Fiscel Obituary

Helyne Lewis Fiscel
Helyne Lewis Fiscel
Helyne Lewis Fiscel

February 7, 1923 - September 6, 2005
Born in Omaha, NE
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Helyne Lewis Fiscel was born on February 7, 1923 in Omaha, NE. She died on September 6, 2005. A memorial service will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Ankeny, Iowa on Friday, September 9, 2005 at 10 a.m., with a reception at the church at 12 p.m. A visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, September 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dunn's Funeral Home, 2121 Grand in Des Moines.

Helyne lived a long and vital life. As a young girl, she discovered her love of dancing, and became an expert at tap and ballet. She loved the stage, and worked professionally in Chicago and Milwaukee, and toured with the USO during World War II. She started raising a family, and opened her own dance studio in Iowa Falls in 1945. She lived in Iowa Falls, Estherville, and Spirit Lake, IA; Worthington, MN; Watertown, SD and Des Moines. During most of those years, she worked as a mother and homemaker.

In the 1960's, she fought for neighborhood school busing, equal funding for schools throughout the Des Moines school systems, and was appointed to a six-year term on the Des Moines Park Board. She used volunteer work as qualifications for her career in personnel work with Iowa Job Services. She transferred to the Iowa Statehouse, where she worked as the head of the Human Resources Department for the Iowa IT Department, and subsequently served on The Governor's Executive Council for Governors, Bob Ray and Terry Brandstad as Personnel Director and was in charge of personnel at Terrace Hill, retiring in 1985.

Helyne was very active with volunteer work in the community. She worked with cancer survivors through the American Cancer Society. She served on the board of the Polk County Mental Health Association, and she served on the Des Moines Park Board.

She expressed her love of dancing through gymnastics, and served as gymnastics judge through the late 1960's , the 1970's, and into the 1980's. She was a highly respected judge on local, state, regional and national levels.

Helyne worked as manager/producer for the local musical group, Champagne Taste. She did musical arrangements, costuming, booking and choreography.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne; three sisters: Marion Goffin of Royal Palm Beach, FL; Juanita G. Norton of Debary, FL; Diane Ekstrom of Chaska, MN; seven children: Andrea Harles (Charlie) of Washington, DC; Scott Moore (Bette) of Ankeny; Skip Moore of Des Moines; David Moore of Napa, CA; Meredith Paukert (Bill) of Clearwater, FL; Eric Moore (Connie) of Murray, IA; Curt Moore (Shelly) of Runnells, IA; 23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Because Helyne was involved in so many volunteer and charity activities, the family is requesting any donations be made in her name to a charity of your choice





Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Thursday, September 8, 2005
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Anne's Episcopal Church
210 West First Street
Ankeny, IA US
Friday, September 9, 2005
10:00 AM
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3601 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Friday, September 9, 2005