Remmert Funeral Home

521 East Washington Street, East Peoria, IL


Helen Frances Ekstrand

May 2, 1922March 18, 2017

Helen F. Ekstrand, 94, of East Peoria, passed away peacefully at 7:55 pm, Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Riverview Senior Living Community. She was born May 2, 1922 in Ashland, IL the daughter of Hugh and Ethel Foreman Quinley. She married Gale H. Ekstrand in Peoria on January 10, 1948. He preceded her in death on November 16, 2004. Helen was survived by one daughter, Cheri Harsh of Creve Coeur and son Daniel of Peoria. Cheri has a daughter Michelle Wagner, with three grandchildren, Brooke, Brianna, and Brynn. Dan is married to Betty (Jackson) Ekstrand, formerly of Washington, IL, with a daughter, Kimberly Sturch married to James E. Sturch, and a grandson, Dalton. Also surviving is one brother, Richard (Donna) Quinley of Pekin. She is also preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Kelli Ann and one great-grandson, Dylan James; one sister, Mildred Quinley Robinson; and one brother, Robert Quinley. Helen worked for several years for Caterpillar Tractor Co. in East Peoria Plant in the former Research Department. She was very active in her youth and played sports, and loved to dance. She and Gale had a passion for the card game of Bridge. They were in several clubs and played several times a month. They were both “Life Masters” at the game. They also bowled in various leagues in their earlier years. She was also active in philanthropic organizations in her younger years. Helen was a beautician for many years with her sister, Mildred Robinson. Visitation will be held at Remmert Funeral Home on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 11:00- 12:00pm. A graveside service will follow at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. To view Helen’s memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to www.remmertfuneralhome.com.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 23, 2017
  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 23, 2017


Helen Frances Ekstrand

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March 25, 2017

We are sending prayers and hugs to the family. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 Friends of Cheri and Michelle - Love Jake and Laura Cohen

March 23, 2017

Cheri and Danny and families---
Just to let you know you are thought of with sympathy at this sad time.

Alice and John Clark --
former bridge players and
friends from Robein

Nice picture of your mother!

Ken and Ellen Gihring

March 22, 2017

We are praying that God gives you great comfort in your time of loss.

March 21, 2017

My sympathy to the family. As Jesus looked to the Heavenly Father for strength and power in his time of sorrow,may you do the same. John 11:39-44

March 21, 2017

I am praying for family and friends to experience God's comfort and peace in this time of need. We celebrate Helen's life with you and are thankful for her participation at Sunnyland Christian Church. May God bless you.
Evan Williams, Pastor at Sunnyland Christian Church

March 21, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family may you find comfort in the God of all comfort.