OBITUARY: Helen J. Wehry

A Celebration of Life will be held in memory of Helen J. Wehry at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, at Faith Mennonite Church, 2100 N. Anderson Road, Newton.

Helen Joy Wehry, 88, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at the Ascension Via Christi Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita.

She was born on Oct. 24, 1933, in McPherson, to Martin C. and Elsie (Stucky) Schrag.

On Feb. 12, 1954, she married Harvey W. Wehry, Jr. He preceded her in death in April 1995.

Helen was raised in the Moundridge area and was a 1952 graduate of Moundridge High School. She worked many years as a teller at several local banks in Newton, worked at the Sears Catalog store and after “retiring” from full-time work, she worked at Len & Flo’s Kitchen, Pak-Mail and Midland National Bank in downtown Newton.

Helen was a charter member of Faith Mennonite Church, Newton. She served on several church committees over the years and has helped coordinate and serve many meals in Faith’s Fellowship Hall.  In her later years, she also enjoyed getting together with the “Golden Gals” from church.

She was a member of Business and Professional Women (BPW) for many years. She held almost every office in that organization. She also was named Newton’s BPW woman of the year.

Helen loved to bake and cook, which always resulted in fabulous food. She was known for her wonderful meals and her delicious sour cream twists and cinnamon rolls. Helen always had a smile to give to friends and strangers alike.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, parents, Martin and Elsie Schrag, son Timmy, daughter Debbie (Wehry) Murry and sister Carol Penner.

She is survived by daughter Janice Nesser of Newton, daughter Karen Osborne and her husband David of Euless, Texas, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A private family interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

A memorial has been established with K.S.U. Center for Basic Cancer Research and contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 East Broadway, Newton, Kan., 67114.

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