Helen C. Newberger, 88, of Shalersville, passed away September 30, 2013. She was a red haired North Dakotan who captured the heart of Ohio fly-boy George Newberger at a picnic in 1943. They shared the picnic of life for 66 years, following their marriage in 1947. Helen encouraged her three daughters to pursue their educations, careers, travel, and most important, their families. She relished watching her five grandchildren follow those goals. Helen worked in the Ohio school systems for most of her career, where she was a champion for those students who often got overlooked. She loved coffee and believed it is an official part of the day. She shared her coffee and contributed to her community at the Annevar Garden Club, the Ladies Guild, the funeral luncheon and Dust Busters at Immaculate Conception Church, and Hope Circle at Portage Methodist Church. When you asked her opinion, you got it; when she gave her word, she kept it. She loved her family and friends without judgment and forever. Left to carry on her spirit and cherish their memories are: George Newberger, children: Nancy (Bob) Polz, MaryLou Newberger, Deborah (Terry) Call; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her sister, Kay Hinchman, and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 PM Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Church with Fr. William Kraynak officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Shalersville. In Iieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice, or the charity of your choice. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.sscfuneralhomes.com.
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