Helena “Lena” Roleke

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Helena "Lena" Roleke
b: 28 Jan 1885
d: 6 Dec 1920
Biography
In memory of Helena Roleke-Poland

When death closes forever the doors of man's earthly life, God receives his children, one by one, into his presence, through the never-closed gates of the heavenly city. Thitherward went the pure spirit of Helena Roleke-Poland, Monday, December 6, 1920, at 7:20 PM.

All day long she had fought back the grim victor, but the contest was unequal. At last she yielded as to God's will and entered into the accepted change. one. Wishing, praying, fighting to live, she was not afraid to die. Inspiration says that God has made everything in the appointment of human life beautiful in its season. Childhood is life's paradise, youth is the home of life's unfolding mysteries, and old age is the treasure house of blessed memories and heavenly visions. Somewhere between lies the hour of achievement, the workshop, where are fashioned into tangible forms, the beautiful dreams of an earlier day, and after these come the unspeakable glories of the upper sanctuary.

Lena Poland followed the guiding hand of Jehovah through childhood and youth and into the activities of her maturer life. Ere her life's sun had reached the zenith at noonday, that guiding hand led her to the uppermost mansions.why should one so young and efficient and so needed, go away? I do not know. It is a comfort to know that Mrs. Poland's wish to be active when death came was gratified. if suffering and service be the measure of a long life, then she went out of life's evening into the dawn of the new day, for she suffered much and her hands were full of good deeds.

Helena Poland was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Roleke, of Bethany, Missouri. She was born January 23, 1885, in St. Joseph, Missouri, but lived her life here where she died, surrounded by her loved ones, and her own home, December 6, 1920. She graduated in the class of 1904 of the Bethany high school and taught a while in the public schools in Harrison County.

She was married in the year 1908 to C. Earl Poland, of Bethany, and here they have resided continuously, and she often assisting her husband in the First National Bank of which he is assistant cashier.

The chosen avenues of her religious activities was the Presbyterian church of which she early in life became a member. She took an active interest in every department of service, chiefly the Sunday school, the choir, the prayer meeting and the Dorcas Society, which she helped to organize. She prized highly the attendance pin, which stood for five years unbroken attendance at the Sabbath school.

A life like hers could not be lived exclusively within one church, nor did she want to be. In a very efficient way, she belong to the whole community and the whole city honors her memory. As secretary of the Harrison County Sunday school Association she was one of the prime factors in bringing that organization to its greater efficiency, and she was continually seeking to be better prepared personally for such service and to this end spent two summers at Lake Geneva training school.

Her activities were many sided and she never refused a helping hand to any worthy cause. She was an active member of the P. E. O.and the Coterie Club, and whatever her hand found to do she did it with her might. The fact that she is espoused a cause marked it as being worth while.

She was a loyal homemaker, and her life was ideal, being loyal as the daughter, faithful as an elder sister, devoted as a wife, she will be greatly missed, and none but God can fill that vacancy

Gone from the church, from the community that honors her memory, and from the circle of her loved ones, she has gone to the land of fadeless bloom and entered upon a service that will never be limited by any separate or weariness.

May God bless all who mourn her departure.

The funeral.

The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church, Thursday afternoon, at 2:30 PM, conducted by Rev. L. Layman, who for years was Lena's pastor in the city and who always found her willing to do more than her share-co-operating with all plans for the benefit of the church and its people. Brother Layman was assisted by Rev. C. V. Pearce of the Christian Church and Dr. W. S. Welsh of the Methodist Church. A large concourse of sympathizing friends completely filled the church and paid their last respect to one who left nothing undone and who was such an inspiration and help in the community.

A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Skinner, Mrs. Daisy Crosan and E.W. Prentiss staying "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" and "Under His Wing." A solo, "There is No Night There," was also sung by Mrs. Crosan. The chair in the choir that had been occupied many years by Lena, was draped with white flowers and bespoke the purity of her life.

The expression of love and sympathy shown by the many beautiful flowers, sent by different organizations, friends and relatives of Bethany and other cities, show the esteem and love of those privileged to know her.

Burial was in the Roleke lot at Pythian Cemetery, with a short service at the grave by the P. E. O. of Bethany, assisted by members of this organization from Ridgeway and New Hampton.

Her useful, beautiful life here has ended and she leads to all her loved ones and friends, a rich heritage and her works will follow her.
Facts
  • 28 Jan 1885 - Birth -
  • 7 Dec 1920 - Burial - Miriam Cemetery ; Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
  • 6 Dec 1920 - Death -
Ancestors
   
Joseph Frederich Roleke
30 Jul 1824 - 31 Oct 1879
 
 
Herman Roleke
2 Apr 1862 - 17 Apr 1930
  
  
  
 
Helena "Lena" Roleke
28 Jan 1885 - 6 Dec 1920
  
 
  
Josiah Mainwaring
19 Oct 1817 - 17 Apr 1907
 
 
Rachel Mainwaring
28 Oct 1861 - 13 Mar 1946
  
  
  
Elizabeth Henry
26 Apr 1822 - 29 Nov 1907
 
Descendancy Chart
Helena "Lena" Roleke b: 28 Jan 1885 d: 6 Dec 1920
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Herman Roleke
Birth2 Apr 1862Hanover, Germany
Death17 Apr 1930 Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
Marriageto Rachel Mainwaring
FatherJoseph Frederich Roleke
MotherKaroline Emilie Schultze
PARENT (F) Rachel Mainwaring
Birth28 Oct 1861
Death13 Mar 1946 Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
Marriageto Herman Roleke
FatherJosiah Mainwaring
MotherElizabeth Henry
CHILDREN
FHazel Roleke
Birth1 Oct 1892
Death20 Jun 1975
Marriage31 Oct 1929to Melverne Clark Cole at Jackson Co., Missouri
FHelena "Lena" Roleke
Birth28 Jan 1885
Death6 Dec 1920
Marriageto Charles Earl Poland
FAgnes G. Roleke
Birth12 Nov 1898Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
Death3 Nov 1943Denver, Denver Co., Colorado
Marriage17 Jan 1918to Robert Dee Scott
FMabel Roleke
Birth1 Apr 1889
Death23 Nov 1906
FGertrude Roleke
Birth7 Feb 1887
Death29 Jul 1970
Marriageto James Harvey Burris
MJoseph B Roleke
Birth4 Sep 1891Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
Death16 Jul 1950Denver, Denver Co., Colorado
Marriageto Esther Caroline Carlson
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Charles Earl Poland
Birth
Death
Marriageto Helena "Lena" Roleke
Father?
Mother?
PARENT (F) Helena "Lena" Roleke
Birth28 Jan 1885
Death6 Dec 1920
Marriageto Charles Earl Poland
FatherHerman Roleke
MotherRachel Mainwaring
CHILDREN
Evidence
[S-1793721111] Web: Missouri, Find A Grave Index, 1812-2011

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