Helene A. Frye-Osier, age 72, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2022, with her husband and sister at her side. After more than a decade suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, her death occurred at Four Winds Manor in Verona, Wisconsin, where she was lovingly cared for the last three years of her life. Helene also lived for two years in the care of All Saints in Madison, Wisconsin, and received exceptional care there as well. The family’s eternal gratitude to all those who cared for Helene cannot be adequately expressed.
Helene was born to Kenneth A. and M. Elaine (Vigneau) Osier on January 24, 1950, in Norway Michigan. She grew up in Niagara, Wisconsin, and graduated from Niagara High School in 1968. She earned her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s Degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Steven’s Point, and her Ph.D. in Audiology and Communicative Disorders form the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Helene spent her 25 year professional career at the Madison Veterans Administrating Hospital serving her beloved veterans as the Director of Audiology. She ended her career as Chief of the Audiology and Speech Services. Helene’s kindness, patience, humility, generosity, intellect, fidelity to her profession, and love of people benefited everyone she served and those who worked with her. Her kind and gentle spirit found joy in all things she did. Her joyful spirit was freely shared with all those lucky enough to know her and those who were recipients of her care. She was always forgiving, never mean-spirited, and always willing to give of herself and share her love. This world has lost a beautiful soul.
Helene was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Kenneth J. and Thomas P. (TPO) Osier, sister Colleen Osier-Morstad, mother and father-in laws, Robert and Marian Frye, sister-in-law, Julianne Johnston, and nephew Braedon Franz. Helene is survived by her husband of 45 years, John (Jack) Frye-Osier, sister Mary Osier, brother-in-law Bruce Morstad, and sister-in-law Darlene (Carlson) Osier. She is also survived by 23 nephews and nieces.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022, at Saint Andrew’s Church of Saint Christopher’s Catholic Parish, 301 North Main Street, Verona, Wisconsin, 53593. Turn onto E. Harriet Street from Main Street at the Saint Andrew’s Church sign. Guests are invited to gather in the church foyer, one hour before the Mass begins to share conversation. Mask are required at all times within the church building. Helene’s remains will be interred at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery on Speedway Road immediately following the Mass. All are invited to attend the internment and will be guided to the site. Following the graveside ceremony, an opportunity to gather for conversation and fellowship will be offered at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Road. The Cress building is very near the grave site. Guests will be required to wear a mask while in the building. Bottled water will be provided. Food and refreshments will be provided at a later date when we can gather together to remember and celebrate Helene’s life at a time when Covid risks are reduced.
Memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Four Winds Manor, 303 S. Jefferson Street, Verona, Wisconsin, 53593, the Agrace Hospice Foundation, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, Wisconsin, 53711, and the Alzheimer’s Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, 6314 Odana Road, Suite 4, Madison, Wisconsin, 53719.