Helen A. Kahl

By on June 10, 2010

Helen A. Kahl, 92, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Savior surrounded by the love of her family at her home on May 31, 2010.

She was born Dec. 8, 1917, in Aurora, the daughter of Richard and Mary (Gatzke) Dumdie.

Helen grew up in Aurora on Union Street and was able to walk to school every day. She graduated from East Aurora High School. Afterward, she began working for Miller, Bryant & Pierce Manufacturing, where they made typewriter ribbons.

Helen was 27 when she met the love of her life, Glenn Kahl, in August of 1945. After a whirlwind two-week courtship, Helen found a ring on her finger and was told, “You are it.” They were united in marriage the following year on Feb. 2, 1946. Sixty-four years of love, laughter and family later, it still was the best decision Glenn ever made.

They began their new life together in the Maple Park area and never left, making their house a home and a haven for friends and family.

Helen was a member of the UMW at the Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, as well as Sunday School teacher for many years. When she wasn’t at work she found herself at a table among friends playing cards, especially Pinochle.

Helen loved to sew for her family, making endless flannel shirts, night gowns and even most of her own clothes. She was a fabulous baker known for her pies and coffee cakes. You knew she was baking the minute you walked into the house, because the intoxicating aroma coming from the kitchen instantly brought a smile to your face. Helen was especially proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a kind and compassionate soul, never said a bad word about anyone and was endlessly devoted to her “man,” loving him until the very end.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn, of 64 years; five children, Roger (Pat) Kahl, Dennis (Karen) Kahl, Carol (Ron) Williams, Allen (Mary) Kahl and Janet (Ken) Stoll; eight grandchildren, Grant (Cindy) Kahl, Brandon (Dana) Kahl, Chris (Kim) Kahl, Tiffany (Lori Angstadt) Kahl, Heather (Bert) Veldhuizen, Addam Kahl, Nick (Loren Thompson) Kahl and Breanne Kahl; eight great-grandchildren, Trevor Kahl, Kailyn Kahl, Brock Kahl, Mackenzie Kahl, Brooke Kahl, Peyton Kahl, Aidan Kahl and Garrett Veldhuizen; one brother, Paul (Audrey) Dumdie; an aunt, Bernice Helmeker; one sister-in-law, Lucille Johnson; two wonderful caretakers, Bev Roethlisberger and Krystyna Struzik; the compassionate hearts of DeKalb County Hospice; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends from church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Mary Dumdie; five sisters, Lucille Fritz, Ella Bastion, Minnie Wennemaker, Evelyn Shevlin and Mary Cross; her father and mother-in-law, Ray and laura Kahl; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Alice and Orvis Schroyer, Dorothy and Bill McAdams, and Merle Johnson.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. with a funeral service to celebrate her life to begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 3, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, 60119. Burial will follow on Friday morning, June 4, at Gardner Cemetery, Maple Park, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Grace United Methodist Church and DeKalb Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Helen Kahl Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com. A full life story is also available on the website.