Helen Essex

Last Updated on February 17th, 2017

Written by Kendra Tillman

Helen M. Essex, 88, of Ohio, IL., passed away on February 15, 2017 at Colonial Hall Rehab and Healthcare in Princeton.
Helen was born on April 15, 1928 in Ohio, IL., to Ernest B. and Helen M (Wylie) Smith. She graduated Ohio High School in 1946. She married Gilbert Essex in Pontiac. Helen worked at Harper Wyman in Princeton for 28 years. She loved baking, cooking, candy making and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She was a member of the Ohio Lutheran Church.
She is survived by one son, Ben (Surita) Essex of Ladylake FL.; and one grandson, Bill Essex of Pewaukee, WI.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Emma Wolfram of Dixon; one brother, Grover Smith of Ohio, IL.; and one infant son, William Essex.
The family will receive friends at the Norberg Memorial home on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m.
Funeral Services will be at the Ohio Lutheran Church in Ohio, IL., on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 11:00 am with Rev. Gene Vincent officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Union Cemetery in Ohio, IL.
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