Helen L. Freehafer, 96, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at the home of her daughter, Sandra Skinn, in Dayton, Ohio.
Helen was born July 18, 1913, in Sandusky to William and Sophie (Merkel) Yahraus. She was a graduate of Sandusky High School and Sandusky Business College.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Lee (Brownworth) Skinn; a son-in-law, Paul Miller of Sandusky; and a daughter-in-law, Lois (Freehafer) Davis of Mansfield, Ohio. She is also survived by grandchildren, Bryce and Kimberly Skinn of Dayton, Allen and Courtney Skinn of Austin, Texas, Linda Skinn (Jay) Hopkins of Atlanta, and Scott (Donna) Freehafer of Mansfield; and great-grandchildren, Dakota and Dillon Skinn of Dayton, Kathryn, Collier and Carson Skinn of Austin, and Ryan Freehafer of Mansfield; and her beloved feline companion, Blackie. Helen is also survived by special nieces, Carol Brookshaw and Joan Dewbre of Searle, Ala.
Helen was preceded in death by her husbands, Ronald A. Brownworth (1959) and the Honorable Charles H. Freehafer (1982); her son, Allen Douglas Freehafer (1975); her daughter, Mary Ellen Miller (2008); and her parents.
Helen was beloved by her family and friends. She loved her grandkids and supported them. She was a very special and unique person -- she was quite simply one of the nicest people you could ever meet and she never had a harsh word toward anyone. She was a model for how all people should treat one another, and she showed her friends and family how to truly live. She was an exceptional cook and traveled throughout the world and the United States. She enjoyed playing bridge, euchre and rummy. She loved to eat out, and she especially loved Lake Erie perch. Through thick and thin, Helen was a loyal Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes fan. She loved to watch sports and cheered on her teams -- win or lose.
Committal services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Oakland Cemetery Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be made to The Hospice of Dayton, Inc., 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420-1885, as the family gratefully appreciates their services and support.
She was loved and will be missed! Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.