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Helena M. "Gigi" Koehler Rankin
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Birth: Apr., 1868
Ontario, Canada
Death: May 20, 1946
Pacific County
Washington, USA

Helena M. Koehler was born in April 1868 in Ontario, Canada to Charles C. Koehler and Margaret Elizabeth McCalmont Koehler, their 3rd daughter. Shortly after Helena's birth, the family left the family home in northwest Pennsylvania and traveled to Webster City, IA. While in Iowa, Charles and Margaret divorced with Helena, sometimes called Lena, to live with her mother. Margaret married a second time to Harvey N. Crapper of Webster City but he died less than 5 years after their marriage. Margaret and her daughters moved westward from Iowa to Oregon where Helena in 1884 married Frank Rigler. During the census years of 1900 and 1910 Rigler was superintendent of schools for the city of Portland, OR. Frank and Helena had two children, a daughter Evelyn born in 1885 and son Howard born in 1891. In 1914, Frank Rigler died at the age of 60. Helena, later called Gigi (Ghig-ghee) married a second time in 1920/1930 to Orville M. Rankin of Portland. They lived together until Helena's death in 1946. Helena is inurned with her first husband at Portland Crematorium and Mausoleum.

(Much of the biographical information from Laura Rigler)

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  Charles C. Koehler (1835 - 1898)
  Margaret Elizabeth McCalmont Crapper (1841 - 1933)
  Frank Rigler (1854 - 1914)*
  Orville M. Rankin (1871 - 1952)*
*Calculated relationship
Wilhelm's Portland Memorial
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Created by: Robert Koehler
Record added: Jun 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53856144
Helena M. Gigi <i>Koehler</i> Rankin
Added by: Robert Koehler
Helena M. Gigi <i>Koehler</i> Rankin
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