In memory of
Helga Schmidt-Gengenbach, formerly of West Grove/Avondale Helga Schmidt-Gengenbach departed this earth on October 7, 2016, with family at her side. She was born Helga Hunger in Dortmund, Germany in 1925, and after surviving World War II as a teenager, worked as a bookkeeper for a company that manufactured mining equipment. She married the love of her life, Siegfried Schmidt-Gengenbach in 1951, and together they emigrated to a new life in the United States in 1954, settling in the West Grove/Avondale, PA area. After continuing her bookkeeping work at Star Rose Nurseries and learning English on the job, she left to concentrate on raising a family. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and tireless caregiver to family members as well as friends. She loved plants, birds, music, singing, dancing, and above all, laughing. With a German song or saying for every occasion, Helga also provided all who knew her with endless supplies of delicious German food, especially baked goods and Christmas cookies. In 2012 she moved to Bishop, CA, to spend the rest of her days at Sterling Heights Assisted Living Community, which was very near one of her daughters. She is preceded in death by her husband, Siegfried, and survived by her daughter Marianne Schmidt-Gengenbach (Sue Mullins) of Crawfordville, FL, and Jutta Schmidt-Gengenbach (Jeff Holmquist) of Bishop, CA. Her departure leaves a giant hole in our hearts. Please visit Helga’s online memorial at http://helga.forevermissed.com to share your thoughts and memories about her. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations in Helga’s name to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation at https://bbrfoundation.org/
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