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Mary L. Helander: 1934-2018


STREATOR — Mary L. Helander, 83, of Streator, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 25, at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa. 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 29, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be at noon Monday at the church. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family members.

Winterrowd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born May 6, 1934, in Putnam, to Charles W. and Evalyn (Shatto) Heininger. She married Robert Helander on Nov. 26, 1955. He passed away Sept. 20, 2016.

Surviving are daughters, Susan and Kristina Helander, both of Streator; brother, Lloyd Gasway, of Alta Loma, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, William B. Gasway; brother in infancy, Charles R. Heininger; and sister-in-law, Nancy Gasway.

Mary graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1952.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Streator VFW Women’s Auxiliary, where she served as past president.

She volunteered many years at The Red Cross and St. Mary’s Hospital. Mary also volunteered at the YMCA with the Tot Lot swimmers.
Memorials may be directed to the family of Mary Helander for a memorial to be established at a later date.

Winterrowd Funeral Home
305 S. Park St., Streator, IL 61364

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