Helen Ruth Nemec
Helen Ruth Nemec
April 01, 1918 ‐ March 28, 2020
Helen Ruth Nemec (nee Kirschner), just days away from her 102nd birthday, fell asleep in Jesus at Brooks House in Hiram, Ohio where she had resided since 2015. Helen was born on April 1, 1918 in Amherst, Ohio to parents, Ben and Emma Kirschner. She was the oldest of five children. Helen was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Amherst. As a young child Helen loved to sit by the window on the stairway at her home and read. She knew from the first day of school that she wanted to become a teacher. Her first jobs were in bookkeeping and office work. She met and married Charles Nemec in 1944. They were married for 22 years and raised two children. Family responsibilities delayed but didn't stop Helen from becoming a teacher. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Education and taught 5th and 6th grade at Dover Elementary in Westlake for 19 years. Helen shared her love for learning with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, reading to them and taking them to places like the Art and Natural History Museum in Cleveland and Lake Erie Junior Museum in Bay Village. From 1952 to the time she went to the Brooks House, Helen was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Rocky River where she taught Sunday School and served in other ways. In addition to going to church, reading and spending time with family, Helen appreciated art and music and enjoyed taking walks, visiting gardens and other places with her granddaughter Sarah and traveling. She went to Europe with Charles in 1963, what she had written down as a "Fulfilled old dream of going to Europe"
Helen is survived by a daughter Patricia Sutter and her husband Michael of Newbury, Ohio; a son Donald and his wife Carol of Drummond Island, Michigan; step-son Chuck Nemec and his wife June of Strongsville, Ohio; daughter-in-law Barb Nemec of Hendersonville, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren 24 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Charles in 1966; Step-sons Tom and Jack Nemec; her parents; brother Herman Kirschner and sisters Hilda Schramm, Eda Freeland, and Evelyn Kreeger.
Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmsted, Ohio. A memorial service will be held at a later date. We give thanks to God our Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord for our loved one Helen.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Wind River Lutheran Mission at Fort Washakie Wyoming. This is a mission on the Wind River Indian Reservation that Helen had visited and supported for many years. Contributions designated for WRLM can be sent to Lutheran Ministries Center 2400 Hickory St. Casper, WY 82604