Helen Virginia (Deetz) Cummings, age 90, of Willard, died Thursday, August 28, 2008 at Stein Hospice Center in Sandusky.
She was born January 8, 1918 in Dover, Ohio, Tuscarawas Co. to the late Homer A. and Alice (Stees) Deetz.
Prior coming to the Willard area, she was employed by the Orrville Municipal Utilities for eight years.
She and her husband, Howard, were married June 30, 1943, and engaged in farming and operating the Cummings Turkey Farm until 1969. She was Shop Manager for the Fanny Farmer Candy Shops, Inc. in Norwalk for twenty six years.
She is survived by her daughter, Alicia and husband, Leslie Smith of Willard; two grandchildren, Tammy (Michael) Hall and Terry (Susan) Smith of Willard; two great grandchildren, Nicholas Hall of Willard and Jason Hall of Columbus; two sister-in-laws Eva Arter of Willard, and Marilyn Deetz of Dalton, Ohio; one niece Colleen Close and one nephew John (Connie) Deetz of Dalton, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard in 1969; brother John Deetz of Dalton, Ohio and two sisters Florence Gregory from Tallmadge, Ohio and Melba Deetz from Shanesville, Ohio.
She was a member of the Local Order of Eastern Stars, National Turkey Federation and Willard Grange.
She enjoyed reading books by Rudyard Kipling, classical music, tree preservation, tending her flower gardens and family.
Private services will be observed.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Stein Hospice Center, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
DEAR ALICIA AND FAMILY
AUNT HELEN WAS MY FAVORITE AUNTIE.ILL TRULEY MISS
ALL OFTHE LETTER WRITING OVER THE MANY YEARS.ALL THE MEMORIES OF CHASING THE TURKEYS AND THE DAYS
OF SPENDING THE NIGHT.SHE ALWAYS HAD SPECIAL NEWS
IN HER LETTERS.SHE WAS A GRAND LADY AND I REALLY
MISS HER.LOVE COLLEEN
Dear Alicia and Les
God saw she was getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around her, and whispered,”come with me” With tearful eyes you watched her suffer, and saw her fade away.
Although you loved her dearly, you could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating. hard working hands to rest; God broke your hearts to prove to you, he only takes the best.
Our love and sympathy to all of you
Hal and Jean
To the Smith and Hall Families,
I’m so sorry to learn of your loss. Helen was an amazing woman of unforgettable character. She was so gracious and generous, and my family will always think of her with a smile. She will be part of all of us for the rest of our lives. I pray that God will show you all comfort in a time of such sadness.
Kim Pottmeyer and Family