Helen was born on December 27, 1924, in East St. Louis, IL to Bernard “John” and Ida, nee Fuehne, Wobbe. She grew up with 3 sisters; her brother died in infancy. She graduated from St. Regis Grade School and East St. Louis Senior High School, both in East St. Louis, IL.
On May 30, 1949, Helen married the love of her life, DeWayne James Thomas of Hastings, Nebraska. They settled in Belleville, Illinois, and were faithful members of St. Augustine of Canterbury parish. She was active in their parish and the St. Clair Women’s club. Helen also helped with Meals on Wheels in Belleville for many years. She was a comptometer operator for Commonwealth Insurance Company in St. Louis, MO, prior to her retirement.
Her greatest joy was taking care of her four children. Later in life, she enjoyed spoiling and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; her husband, DeWayne; and a son-in-law, Gary Lumby.
Surviving are her children, Susan (Bill) Bovinette of Fountain Hills, AZ,
Tim (Liz) Thomas of Swansea, IL,
Peggy Lumby of Blue Springs, MO,
and Tom (Melissa) Thomas of Olathe, KS;
nine grandchildren, Vance (Kathy) Bovinette, Nicole VanSanten,
Justin Lumby, Sara (Brad) Dietrich, Emily (Kenny) Powers,
Abby, Carly, Blake, and Luke Thomas;
and her great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Ava, Madeleine, Olivia,
Reece, Noah, Emma, Elijah, and Charlotte.
Memorials may be made to Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care, Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, 10810 East 45th Street, Suite 300, Tulsa, OK 74146, https://crhcf.org/Donate/.
Condolences and memories of Helen may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.
Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
So sorry for your loss, will always cherish memories I have of Aunt Helen and Uncle DeWayne’s visit with all you kids.. Our love and prayers go out to all of Helen’s family. Our love to you all Susan, Tim, Peggy, Tom and your families..
Dick & Nancy Jones, Hastings, NE, 68901