Helene Isabelle Clemens, 92, of Defiance, passed away Sunday morning, November 3, 2013, at the Laurels of Defiance.
She was born September 24, 1921, in Defiance, Ohio, to the late Wilbur McCann and Kathryn (Breckler) McCann. She married Robert S. Clemens on June 26, 1948, who preceded her in death April 12, 1995. After graduating from Defiance High School, she attended Riverside School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio. Immediately following graduation from nursing school, Helene joined the U.S. Army where she proudly served in England during World War II and the D-Day invasion. She was discharged as a first lieutenant.
Helene is survived by two sons and a daughter, Richard (Theresa) Clemens of Lima, Ohio, Rebecca Clemens of Defiance and Raymond (Karen) Clemens of Defiance; four grandchildren, Jeremy (Natalie) Clemens, Jason (Kelly) Clemens, Jacob (Christina) Clemens, and Jayna Clemens; four great-grandchildren, Ethan Clemens, Lena Clemens, Colin Clemens and Townsend Clemens.
Also surviving are two brothers and two sisters, Patrick McCann and Richard McCann, both of Defiance, and Wilma Workoetter and Lucille (Richard) Meyers, both of Bryan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Helene worked for 42 years at Defiance Hospital, first in the obstetrics unit and later as a nursing supervisor. She was a life member of VFW Post 3360. One of her fondest memories was her 'Honor Flight' to Washington, D.C.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, and a hour before services Thursday at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with a vigil service at 7 p.m Wednesday.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens, with VFW Post 3360 conducting graveside rites.
Suggested memorials are to the American Heart Association, the Red Cross or St. Mary's Food pantry. Condolences may be shared at: www.defiancefuneralhome.com/.