Gerry Helfrich

  • Born: June 1, 1935
  • Died: May 29, 2020
  • Location: Bay Village, Ohio

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother

Gerry Helfrich, known for her contagious smile and genuine kindness, was lifted to be with Jesus on May 29, 2020 after a long illness with dementia. Born in 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Gerry and her husband attended grade school, high school, and college together. At Miami University, she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Phi Beta Kappa-graduating cum laude. She was also a Presidents Club member and served as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors during the mid-1980's. We should also mention here that Gerry often tutored Wayne at Miami University and he even admits that she had a positive influence on his study habits!

After graduation she worked for the National Security Agency as a security liaison Laurel, Maryland. She also worked for the Bay Village school system as the secretary to the principal and school psychologist at Westerly Elementary. Her love for international travel led her to a career as a travel consultant for 20 years at Atlas Travel. Gerry and Wayne traveled extensively through Western Europe and England. Every trip was document for future client reference and Gerry spent hours writing beautiful summaries of each trip.

Gerry was a member of Bay Presbyterian Church for 55 years! During this time, she was a Deacon, a Sunday school teacher, and organized a book drive for several years donating over 6,000 children books to those in need.

The cold Wisconsin winters enabled her to excel in figure and speed skating! Later in life, tennis and golf kept her active. Her passion for travel, nature, gardening, and cooking continues to be carried on by her children and grandchildren. Gerry loved walking on beaches whether it was the Algarve of Portugal or Bonita Springs in Florida. She also enjoyed her evening walks with Wayne in Bay Village with their adored dog, Rusty.

Survived by Husband of 61 years, Wayne Helfrich, son Dale (Nancy) Helfrich, daughter Lora (John) Paris, and daughter Linda (David) Kabealo. Grandchildren Taylor, Reese, and Avery Helfrich; Alexandra and Adam Paris; Amanda and Andrew Kabealo.

Private Family Services. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Wayne: So very sorry to learn of Gerry's passing. We go way back with Miami connections and with the many years you supported my Don and Graphic Laminating. Happy memories of you both. Sending my dearest love, Alice Hannon

Posted by Alice Hannon - Chagrin Falls, OH - Friend   June 07, 2020

Helfrich family, I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful picture of her, she had such a sparkling smile.

Posted by Sue Lysle Vangelos - Neighbor   June 03, 2020

Happened upon this and had to send my condolences - she sounds like a wonderful woman.

Posted by Love from a stranger...    June 03, 2020

We were neighbors of Gerry and Wayne and their family for 23 years. Gerry was such a pleasant lady, always smiling. Rest in peace Gerry. Prayers for Gerry and her family.

Posted by Pat & Marcia Heffernan - Neighbor   June 03, 2020

Lora and Helfrich family. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Dan Cline - Friend   June 03, 2020

Lora and Helfrich Family,
Sorry to hear of your loss, I am sending prayers for healing for the entire family during this difficult time. May Her Memory Be Eternal

Posted by Ken Sherepita    June 03, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
You are in My prayers.

Posted by Rob Dimacchia - Friend   June 02, 2020

I am very sorry to hear of the recent loss to you and your family. Deepest sympathy. Thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jay Loughner - Coworker   June 02, 2020

Lora- You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. From Your Friends at UH St. John Nutrition Services

Posted by Christine Richings - Coworker   June 02, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Helfrich family.

Posted by Cherie Corso - Coworker   June 02, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I'm sending good thoughts towards you and your family during this difficult time.
Edward Hess

Posted by Edward Hess    June 02, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lora as well as your entire family as you grieve the loss of your beloved Mother!!! May you be comforted knowing she is home with her Lord!! Love,
Wendy and Doug Quinn

Posted by Wendy Quinn - Friend   June 01, 2020

To Lora Paris and family so sorry for your loss of your Mom, thinking of you Lora and sending prayers your way. Lynn and Steve Savanick

Posted by Lynnet Savanick - Coworker   June 01, 2020

Lora, sorry for you loss. I appreciate everything you do for us here at the hospital. My condolences go out to you and your family. If you ever need anything, you know where to find me.

Posted by Dominic Surace    June 01, 2020

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
I'm sorry for your loss Lora.

Posted by Paul Hamalainen    June 01, 2020

So sad to hear of your loss to the Helfrich family. I did not know Gerry, but know Lora well. God Bless you all and my family will keep your family in our prayers.

Posted by Anthony Verona - Friend   June 01, 2020

My memories of Gerry will always remember her kindness and gentle demeanor. Her beautiful soul is now at peace in Paradise. My condolences to her beloved family. Sincerely, Doris Gorgas, a golf couples member.

Posted by Doris Gorgas - Bay Village, OH - Family Friend   May 31, 2020

Our condolences to the Helfrich family.
We have fond memories of our Sunday Couples golf outings with Wayne and Gerry
Mike and Elaine Marshall

Posted by MIKE MARSHALL - Cleveland, OH   May 31, 2020

A lovely, wise and kind woman. Her values had an impact on so many of us in Bay!!

Posted by Cathy Nichols - Bay Village, OH - Acquaintance   May 30, 2020

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