Cumberland Times-News

Obituaries

March 18, 2014

MARGARET (VAUDOIS) HELMSTETTER [La Vale]

LAVALE — Margaret (Vaudois) Helmstetter, 80, of LaVale, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March16, 2014, at The Lion’s Center Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  

Born July 25, 1933, in Commercy, France, she was the daughter of the late Therese and Paul Vaudois.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her first husband, a fallen war hero, Maj. Richard H.Lowery, whom she met while Richard was stationed in France.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, Camille, Jean, Andre and Michelle Vaudois; sisters, Eliane Pagnota and Renee Mundhenk; fathers-in-law, Alden Lowery and Ferman Helmstetter; mother-in-law, Mae C. Helmstetter; brothers-in-law, John Lowery, Jennings Lay and Ed Helmstetter.

Margaret was the devoted wife to her husband of 46 years, John Helmstetter, and loving mother to four children, Eva (Lowery) Gordon and husband Vic, Richard H. Lowery Jr., Daniel Lowery and wife Peggy and Theresa “Tootsie” (Helmstetter) Logsdon and husband Matt.

She is also survived by sister, Paulette Lay; mother-in-law, Edna Lowery; brothers-in-law, Donald Lowery and wife Myrna, Donald Helmstetter and Glenda; sisters-in-law, Sue Lowery, Eva Mae Lloyd, Janet Riley and husband Mike, Kim Lowery; many nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Rich-ard III (Tripp), Tanner and Thomas Lowery, Laura Blanchfield and husband Brian, Mark Eichhammer and friend Lisa Long, Connor Gordon, Tucker and Travis Lowery, Taylor, Tallia, Tarryn and Tattum Logsdon; great-grandchildren, Josie and Asher Blanchfield, Macy Eichhammer and Jayda Downs.

Margaret was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to entertain family and friends and pleasure them with her FRENCH cooking. She loved the outdoors, camping, the beach, cookouts and taking care of the yard. Margaret and John enjoyed square dancing and traveling to many areas out of state with their RV. Her greatest joy was receiving guests from France, family as well as visiting her family, friends and grandchildren who lived in other states. She loved animals, feeding the squirrels in the back yard, and pets, especially her little teacup poodle that she named Bijou. Bijou visited her daily during her stay at The Lion’s Center.

Margaret was afflicted with the dreadful and debilitating disease of Alzheimer’s. She would have enjoyed visiting and spending more time with her grandchildren and attending their many activities.

Although our Lord has called you home and you will be greatly missed, we take comfort in knowing you are with God through our Savior, Jesus Christ and the promise we have been given of eternal life. We celebrate your life and treasure the love, memories and legacy as a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to so many.

Margaret was Catholic and a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, St. Pat-rick’s Church, Cumberland. The family would like to thank Dr. Huma Shakil for the special care she gave to Margaret and the support she offered to the family. Words cannot express our utmost appreciation for the care Margaret received during her two and a half year stay at The Lion’s Center. The administration, dietary, activities, housekeeping, maintenance and especially the nurses and gna’s with their exceptional, compassionate and loving care that Margaret received, we say thank you, thank you.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Family and friends wil be received at Hafer Funeral Service, P.A. Chapel of the Hills, 1302 National Highway, LaVale, on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Mountains, St. Patrick’s Church, Cumberland, on Friday at 10 a.m., officiated by Father Stephen Fernandes, OFM. Cap.

Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Cash Valley Road, LaVale.  

Pallbearers will be Margaret’s nine grandsons, Mark Eichhammer, Tripp Lowery, Tanner Lowery, Thomas Lowery, Tucker Lowery, Travis Lowery, Taylor Logsdon, Tattum Logsdon and Connor Lowery Gordon.

Condolences to the family may be posted following Mrs. Helmstetter’s obituary at www.haferfuneralservice.com.

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