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Helen Ross Bach
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Birth: Nov. 30, 1919
Death: Jun. 10, 2010

Helen (Ross) Bach, 90, of Wheeling, formerly of Ottawa, died Thursday, June 10, at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Addolorata Villa, 555 McHenry Road, Wheeling, with the Rev. Nick officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Columba Cemetery in Ottawa. Arrangements are entrusted to Ottawa Funeral Home.

Helen was born Nov. 30, 1919, in Ottawa, to Edwin and Christina (Shea) Ross. She married Otis J. Bach on Jan. 20, 1941, at St. Columba Church in Ottawa. He died May 6, 1986.

She served many positions within the church including offices in the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, St. Columba Parish Council, served 30 years on St. Columba Finance Committee, also as a teachers' aide, president of the School Board and chairwoman of several fund drives for the church and school. She founded the local Federal Aid to Education representing all parochial schools in the city.

She was a member of St. Columba Altar and Rosary Society and president of Woman's Golf Club at Dayton Ridge Golf Club. She contributed her time as a volunteer to Easter Seals Society and served five years on the Community Hospital Board of Governors, serving two years as president of the Board of Governors. She also was a board member of the American Cancer Society and directed four successful yearly golf outings as a major fund raiser for them.

She has been well known in the area for her achievements on the golf course. As a former member of Pine Hills Golf Club and Deer Park Country Club, she won the club championship for many years and has held that title as a member of Dayton Ridge Golf Club. She won Third Flight in the State Amateur Tournament and first place in the ladies' division in the Ottawa City Tournaments and the Ladies' Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Tournaments.

She is survived by two sons, John Matthew (LoAn) Houston of Texas and David Otis (Monica) of La Salle; one daughter, Melissa Ann (Michael A.) Paull of Northbrook; four grandchildren, Adam, Amanda and Morgan Paull of Northbrook and Brianna Bach of Houston, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis; one brother, Edwin A. Ross; and one sister, Rita Dougherty.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Saint Columba Cemetery
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Sherry
Record added: Jun 12, 2010
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Helen <i>Ross</i> Bach
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 Added: Jun. 12, 2010

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