Obit: McHeffey, Helen Barbara #2 (1915 - 2005)
Contact:  Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: McHeffey, Biel, Sopiarz, Jensen

----Sources: Thorp Courier (Thorp, WI.) January 12, 2005

McHeffey, Helen Barbara (August 18, 1915 - January 4, 2005)

Helen B. McHeffey, age 89, of Altoona, formerly of Thorp, died on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at Oakwood Villa Nursing Home. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday January 7, 2005, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Thorp. The Very Rev. Woodrow Pace officiated and burial followed in Old St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was held at the church, on Friday, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Helen Barbara Sopiarz was born on August 18, 1915, in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of Joseph and mary (Biel) Sopiarz. She was raised and educated in the Thorp area. After completing her education, Helen moved to Chicago where she worked for Match Corporation. She met and married Sam McHeffey, in Chicago, on January 15, 1953. Her husband died in 1973. Helen moved to Bruce, WI in 1976 and later moved to Thorp. In 1998, she entered Oakbrook Nursing & Rehab, in Thorp, and later moved to Oakwood Villa Nursing Home, in Altoona, in October 2002. Helen was a member of St. Bernard-ST. Hedwig’s Catholic Church and had many interests, including, flowers, knitting, crossword puzzles, playing cards and fishing.

She is survived by one sister: Dolores Jensen of Eau Claire; two brothers: Leon Sopiarz of Chicago; John Sopiarz of Thorp; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, six brothers, and four sisters.

Thorp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.



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