Helen and John Rickus , Helen, age 87, and, John, age 85, of Bloomsdale, passed away Tuesday, June 30, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The couple had been married 47 years.

Helen had worked for the former Georgia Pacific factory in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, and John had been an independent insurance salesman. They loved camping, fishing, and doing outdoor activities together, Helen also was an accomplished seamstress.

They are survived by sons William Boeckstiegel of St. Clair, Thomas Boeckstiegel of Ste. Genevieve, Barry Boeckstiegel of Festus, Donald Boeckstiegel of Bloomsdale, David Boeckstiegel of Indiana, and John Boeckstiegel of Bloomsdale; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter. Additionally, Helen is survived by sisters Delores Smith of Cuba, Missouri, and Susan Thorson of Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Private funeral services will be held for Helen and John Rickus under the direction of the Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus.

Memorials in their memory are preferred to the Wounded Warrior Project.