Mary H. Helmstetter, 87

Mary H. Helmstetter, 87, of 603 W. South St., St. Marys, died at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.

She was born on July 5, 1924, in St. Marys, to August and Helen (Werts) Wieser.

On Aug. 9, 1947, in St. Marys, she married Ferd A Helmstetter, who died on Oct. 31, 1982.

She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Crosiar  of Springfield; by three sons, James (Michele) Helmstetter  of Pittsburgh, Pa., Thomas (Madeline) Helmstetter  of Holland, Mich., David (Valerie) Helmstetter  of Charleston, W.Va.; by seven grandchildren, Rachel (Jay) Johnson, Josh Helmstetter, Gabe Helmstetter, David Helmstetter, Sarah Helmstetter, Matt Helmstetter, Drew Helmstetter; by a great-grandson  Jack Johnson; by three sisters-in-law, Jean Helmstetter  of St. Marys, Mary Belle (B.J.) Swonger  of Celina, Nancy Zumberge  of Celina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Helen Wieser; her husband, Ferd A Helmstetter.

She was a 1942 graduate of Memorial High School in St. Marys, where she was valedictorian of her class. She received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.

Mrs. Helmstetter retired from the St. Marys City School system, having taught mathematics at McBroom Junior High School for many years. She then spent a number of years as financial officer for the St. Marys Community Public Library.

She was a member of the Wayne Street United Methodist Church, Mothers’ Study Club and Progress Club, all in St. Marys.

Her favorite pastimes included traveling, playing bridge and solving crossword puzzles.

Funeral rites for Mrs. Helmstetter are scheduled 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miller – Long and Folk Funeral Home, 314 W. High St. in St. Marys, with the Rev. Steve Weatherly officiating. Burial will follow at the Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home on High Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Marys Community Public Library.

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