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“We all will miss Helen's youthful nature. I so enjoyed her visits on my patio. Everyday when I went to the pool, I'd stop for a visit, either coming,...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Claudette Rayburn

“Fran....I was sad to learn of your Moms passing....she really did have a good life and you all were so good to her...as you will remember your Moms...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Kay C. Ward - San Diego, CA

“What a beautiful way to honor and celebrate Aunt Helen's treasured memories. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. We will always cherish...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Beatriz Mort - Murrieta, CA

“We know she is in a better place. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: James & Barbara Adamo - Delmar, CA

“Mary I so enjoyed meeting your Mom. She immediately went to the floor anddid 20....She took the time to show me how to TAT and her work was beautiful...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Pat Drobeck - San Diego, CA

“Helen Mort will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. We look back in awe as we think of all the amazing things she was witness to in her lifetime...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Kelly (Roach) Rohrer - Camarillo, CA

“My name is Kirsten. Frances babysat my sister Meta and I 5 days a week for about 10 years all day long. Frances and Roy were like our second set of...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Kirsten Bradley - El Cajon, CA

“Mary & I moved to San Diego in 1973. About 3-4 yrs later, Helen & Frank had moved to P.B. Mary & I went to visit them. Helen offered to...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Mary & Ray Weinbrecht - Santee, CA

“Our prayers and blessing to the family of Ms. Helen. We have such great memories of her. She was a very special lady. May she rest in peace and God...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: The Hovland Family

“How wonderful the photos are for all of the memories. I love the one of her and the grandchildren all together. She lived a nice long life and now...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Martha Hodge - San Diego, CA

“Our BABA will live on forever, as she is a legacy....during her 104 years of life she touched so many! I am grateful to have had a grandmother who...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Sheri Rathor - rsm, CA

“My thoughts are with the family. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Pacific Beach Chapel - San Diego, CA


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Helen Mort, 104, of San Diego, CA passed away peacefully with family present on December 3, 2009. Helen was born to Josef Hotek and Frances Vinchattle on their family farm in Otho, Iowa, April 9, 1905, the youngest of nine children. She shared many a story of “back on the farm” with us which had her rising early to complete chores before school, walking miles in the snow, cooking for farm hands, learning to crochet, sew, quilt and tat. These talents benefited all who knew her as we treasure her handmade gifts.
Helen attended a one room school house, graduating in 1923 where she played girls basketball. The team made their own uniforms which consisted of black bloomers, white blouses and black ties.
For a graduation present she received a round trip train ticket to Hollywood, CA and quickly fell in love with the area. She cashed in the return portion of her ticket and settled here.
She landed a job at Bensons Hosiery’s and began filling her spare time with lots of dances, trips to Catalina Island, adventures in the Mountains, and days at the Strand.
Helen met the love of her life, Frank, whom she married on January 1, 1938. They made their home in San Diego, CA at that time. When their daughter’s came along, they moved to La Mesa where they operated Mort’s Market along with Frank’s father, Otis.
Later they moved to Pacific Beach, where the daughter’s attended school and Helen became involved with the PTA, girl scouts, Job’s Daughters, swimming lessons and dance lessons. Helen sewed many a costume and later the girls prom dresses. Her activities included Past President of the Ladies of the Elks, Pacific Beach garden club and helping all the organizations which her daughters participated in. She also worked at their plastic business, running the office.
After her husband’s passing, she became very involved in an aerobics program for seniors at her apartment in University City. She was able to do push ups and would show us her strength and agility even in her “old age”. She joined the women’s club and became very active in bingo, card playing , pot lucks and dinners.
With her talents of sewing, crocheting and tatting, she chose to donate her blankets, booties, caps and sweaters to the preemies at Scripps Hospital for which she was recognized. She said it kept her busy and smiling.
Helen’s life was full, right from the start, surrounded by a loving, hard working family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend who will be greatly missed by all.
Helen is survived by her two daughters; Mary Weinbrecht and husband Bill, Frances Greathouse and husband Roy; three grandchildren, Sheri Rathor and husband Toki, Mark Weinbrecht and wife Kim, Ray Greathouse; Four great granddaughters, Amanda Weinbrecht, Sabrina Rathor, Alyza Rathor and Sophia Rathor. Helen is preceded in death by her husband Frank L. Mort in June of 1989.
A Celebration of her life will be held at Pacific Beach Chapel, 4710 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109 on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations be made to your favorite charity in Helen’s name.