Helen Viola Lenzmeier
Helen Viola Lenzmeier, age 84, of 47 Riverview Drive, Shelby, died Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at the Heritage Care Center in Shelby where she resided the past two and a half years, due to a series of strokes.
Helen was born March 14, 1919 in Two Harbors, Minnesota, the daughter of the late Oscar and Ellen (Carlstrom) Kulander. She was a graduate of Two Harbors High School and the Minneapolis School of Cosmetology. She and her husband, Norbert, owned and operated Lenzmeier’s Store for Men in Shelby from 1954 – 1964 and in Mansfield at the Kingsgate Mall from 1964 – 1999. In addition to the men’s store, they were also agents for the Ohio Lottery for 25 years, retiring in 1999. She was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Altar and Rosary Society, Knights of Columbus Council #1968 Ladies Auxillary, Daughters of Isabella, Catholic Newcomers Club of Mansfield and the Pandora Dance Club in Mansfield. Helen was often complimented on her exquisite taste in fashion as she enjoyed coordinating hats and accessories. She loved all animals especially cats.
Mrs. Lenzmeier is survived by her husband, Norbert S. Lenzmeier, whom she wed on December 31, 1938; a daughter and son-in-law, Judith and James D. Williams of Mansfield; a daughter-in-law, Diana Lenzmeier of Westerville, OH; 2 grandchildren and spouse, Karen and Tony Fickeisen, and Amy Lenzmeier all of Westerville; a great grandson, Austin Fickeisen; a sister, Gloria Lind of Margate, FL; a niece and spouse, Mary and James McDevitt of Margate, FL and a nephew, John D. Lind of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; her cat companions, Chessie and Johanna. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son Jeffrey Lenzmeier in 1999.
Friends may call on Sunday, February 1, 2004 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where Daughters of Isabella will recite the rosary at 3:34PM Sunday and a Christian Wake Service will be conducted at 7:45 PM Sunday. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 2, 2004 at 10:00 AM at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father John Missler, officiating. Entombment will be in the family mausoleum at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to St. Mary School, 26 West Street, Shelby, OH 44875 or to Alley Cat Allies, 1801 Belmont Rd. NW, Suite 201, Washington, DC 20009.
Helen was a woman of many dreams and desires. Helen’s first and greatest wish was her desire to go to heaven when she passed away. She was a beautiful and devoted wife and mother for her children and her husband for 65 years. Her many desires were endless for things she wanted to see and do……and many were beyond her reach. She appreciated life each and every day, looking forward to seeing friends and family along the way; Was always alert to the good news and bad news. She loved to go shopping, do crossword puzzles, play bingo, travel, go on island cruises and visit different ports of call. To the end she believed in her God, in His universal heaven, in the forever and ever world without end. May the good Lord bless her, receive and guide her and grant her eternal rest letting His perpetual light shine upon her. Love, Norbert