Helen Hitzeman


AUBURN, Ind. -- Helen Lee Hitzeman, 95, of Auburn, Ind., died July 28, 2014, at Betz Nursing Home in Auburn.

She is survived by her children, Harry Jr. (Donna) of Auburn, Nicki (Jim) Stamm of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Steve (Sheila) of Antwerp; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was also foster mother to Alvin Lee Shatto.

Helen was predeceased by her husband, Harry L. Hitzeman in 1992; and sisters, Imogene (Derck) Zedaker and Francis Ashton.

Helen was born June 27, 1919, in Worley, Ky., the daughter of James and Dora (Lee) Perkins. She was a 1937 graduate of Harlan High School. Helen and Harry married July 29, 1939, in Auburn. During their 53 years of marriage they owned farms in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, eventually settling in the Hicksville/Antwerp area to raise their children.

Known for her inner strength and quiet demeanor, Helen showed her children and those around her how to love and live life gracefully through happy and difficult times. Her life ended on earth, but another chapter has just begun as she reunited with her husband who has waited 22 years for her arrival.

Her funeral service is Friday at 11 a.m., with viewing one hour prior at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. She will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery.

Memorials are to DeKalb Health Home Care & Hospice. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

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