Helen Brown-Deerhake, 87, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:17 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Hospital, in Lima.
She was born Feb. 24, 1925, in Jennings Township, Putnam County, to Olga (Wreede) and Carl E. Kloeppel. On Nov. 24, 1946, she married Jacque Brown, who died June 3, 1981. On May 12, 1983, she married Louis Deerhake, who died June 2, 1990.
Surviving are a daughter, Pamela (John) Carpenter, of Birmingham, Ala.; two sons, David (Julie) Brown, of Powell, and Kevin (Wendy) Brown, of Delaware; seven grandchildren, Alison (Matt) Hall, of Bluffton, S.C., Heidi Brown, of Columbus, Matthew Brown, of Delaware, Amanda Carpenter, of Birmingham, Ala., Erin Carpenter, of Birmingham, Ala., Tasker Brown, of Powell, and Delaney Brown, of Powell; one great-grandchild, Kennedy Hall, of Bluffton, S.C.; a sister-in-law, Janet Brown,, of Columbus; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding her in death along with her parents and husbands is a brother, Howard; and sister-in-law, Rita Kloeppel.
Helen was a 1943 graduate of Fort Jennings High School and was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta, where she served in numerous capacities over the years including church council and was currently on the visitation team for shut-ins. She was employed at Brownâ€™s Restaurant for many years. She was a member of the Womanâ€™s Club and enjoyed playing in card clubs with her friends. Known for her homemade pies, she was always happy when cooking and baking for family and friends.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First English Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Steven Nelson officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Wapakoneta.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First English Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.