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Helen Mayr of Carroll

Helen Jane (Collison) Mayr, age 93, of Carroll passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at St. Anthony Hospital. Even up until most recently, she said she was not going anywhere yet, but due to her fast approaching and latest illness, life took her in another peaceful direction.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll.  Officiating will be Peg Scheidt.  Burial will be in St. John Cemetery in Arcadia.
Following the burial, please join Helen’s family at the Sharp Center (226 W. 8th St. – Carroll) for Hor d’oeuvres and cocktails to celebrate her life.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll and online condolences may be left for the Mayr family at
Helen was born on December 19, 1928, in Arcadia, Iowa and was the daughter of Vincent and Margaret (Beiter) Collison.  She grew up and attended grade school in Arcadia and then graduated from St. Angela Academy-All Girls High School in Carroll (Now Kuemper) in 1945, and then moved to Denver, Colorado to attend Loretto Heights all girls Catholic College.
Helen was married to Leo R. Mayr on June 16, 1951, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Arcadia by Fr. Stork. The couple made their home in Harlan where Leo worked as an accountant. Helen and Leo moved to Carroll in 1953 where Leo was manager of KCIM Radio Station and the two of them then started their family.
Helen loved life.  She enjoyed many years each summer with her family at their favorite vacation spot on Pelican Lake in Ashby, Minnesota.  In the recent years they enjoyed visiting their condo in Okoboji.  Helen loved to fish, cook, play cards and competitive bridge with her friends, bingo, puzzling, and spending time with her family. She was a great companion to her husband Leo and a wonderful Mom to her 5 surviving children.
Helen is survived by her son John Mayr of Carroll; Four daughters: Margie Bierl and husband Kevin of Scottsdale, AZ, Heidi Mayr of Cleveland, OH, Molly Amundson and her husband Steve of Scottsdale, AZ, and Ann Mitchell of Phoenix, AZ.  Six grandchildren: Ariel, Austen, and Alexa Bierl; Kelsey and Hannah Amundson; and Ryan Mitchell; Two great grandchildren:  Brooks and Bradie Bierl; and her sister-in-law Jan Collison of Rockwell City; and many nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Leo Mayr, her parents Vincent and Margaret Collison, her brother John Collison of Rockwell City, Her sister Mary Boell of Minnesota, a daughter Jane in infancy, and a son Anthony in infancy.
We wish to express our gratitude for the friendship and love you have given Helen throughout the years and your sympathy is greatly appreciated.

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