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Helen Pohl

Hampton resident Helen Elaine Pohl, 86, passed away Friday, December 20, 2019, at her home.

A Memorial Service will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, January 2nd at the chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Rev. Michelle Reed will officiate. Memorials may be given to the family for memorials to be established at a later date. Condolences may be emailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Helen was born July 3, 1933, in Aurora, NE to Jonathan and Zelma (Main) Reardon. Helen graduated from Aurora High School in 1951. She married Wallace Wayne Pohl on October 28, 1951, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hampton; he preceded her in death on August 17, 2010.

Helen and Wallace farmed southeast of Hampton. She worked side by side with her husband in all aspects of the farming operation. In 1986, Helen and her family opened the Heartland Antique Mall in Grand Island. She was noted for her insightful knowledge with regards to antiques and was rarely puzzled by inquiries from curious customers. Helen was devoted to her family and loved family gatherings, especially July 4th celebrations with "Wow!" fireworks.

Helen served two terms as president of the Women's Missionary League in Lincoln and was on the board of the Girl Scouts in Grand Island as well as the Grand Island Downtown Development Board.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wallace Wayne Pohl; and daughter, Kathryn Johnson.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Jim Pohl of Grand Island; son-in-law Gary Johnson of Aurora; two grandchildren, Braden (Gabby) Johnson of Lincoln; and Christa Johnson of Denver; sister, Dorothy Hanway of Lincoln; and sister-in-law, Lois Brennan of Exeter, California; several nieces and nephews.

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