June 24, 2022

Harriet Helen Willmeng

Harriet Helen Willmeng, of Lincoln, was known as Helen to her friends, passed away on June 21st at the age of 89.  She was born to Zacharias and Harriet (Kimmell) Andrews.  Helen was a dedicated, lifelong educator who touched many lives. She is survived by her daughter, Harriet (Dwight) Smith; grandchildren, Cheryl Smith and Randall Smith. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne Willmeng and sister, Joantha Sieber. Memorial may be given to Lincoln Literacy. Donations may be made online: 


  1. Our family has been fortunate to count Helen as a friend for the last eight years. She welcomed us to Lincoln as we brought our oldest daughter to UNL and offered her wisdom as a mother and a teacher. Now we have two daughters who call Lincoln home and one who has followed in Helen’s footsteps as an LPS teacher. Our deepest condolences to my dear friend Harriet, your mother will be greatly missed.

    The Deras Family

  2. Helen was a wonderful neighbor and I was happy I got to know her. It was always a delight to share our monthly lunches with her. She will be missed, but is now at peace. Our sympathy to your family.

  3. I worked with Helen as a school librarian for Lincoln Public Schools. She had, in her quiet way, a subtle sense of humor that I always appreciated. She also had an administrative degree that wasn’t common among school librarians and she was encouraged to apply for positions as they came available and that we often discussed with each other. Sometimes we would both attend lunches for the retired school librarians and I always enjoyed talking to Helen

    I extend my condolences to Helen’s family.

  4. My condolences to Helen’s family. I knew Helen from Walgreens she was my customer for many of my 35 years working there.
    I have many memories of conversations with her.
    She will be deeply missed by me.


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