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Helen Marie Cler
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Birth: Jan. 10, 1928
Champaign County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 29, 1946
Champaign County
Illinois, USA

Wilhelm book #1, page 6 & 28
Helen had attended St. Mary's Catholic Grade school in Crittenden Township, near Pesotum, Illinois.

Obituary, Champaign Newspaper; death certificate #21185.

She was strangled to death with a scarf around her neck when she came home the evening of Saturday, December 28, 1946. Just as she was opening the door of her rooming house in Champaign, Airman PFC Maurice T. Garret stationed at Chanute Air Force Base at Rantoul, Illinois who was from Akron, Ohio. The airman confessed and admitted that he felt "overwhelming desire to strangle her and I did". He was traced to the barracks after a pair of blood stained gloves were found under her body when they discovered the body about 3 o'clock in the morning. He has also raped her. The body was found by another girl who lived in the rooming house as she returned home with a friend. She and her parents had previously been living in Pesotum about three years prior. Her parents had moved to Philo about 1943.

She was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Crittenden Township, in the rural area of east Pesotum, Illinois. She was 18 years old.
Family links: 
  Jacob Frank 'Jake' Cler (1890 - 1948)
  Josephine Mary Hausman Cler (1897 - 1989)
  Laura Agnes Cler Mitsdarffer (1917 - 1997)*
  Winferd Francis Cler (1921 - 1942)*
  Raymond Cler (1922 - 1922)*
  Clarence William Cler (1923 - 2011)*
  Helen Marie Cler (1928 - 1946)
*Calculated relationship
Saint Marys Cemetery
Champaign County
Illinois, USA
Created by: J Vogel
Record added: May 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36855771
Helen Marie Cler
Added by: J Vogel
Helen Marie Cler
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- Vicki Curry
 Added: Sep. 20, 2014

- Joseph M.Petri
 Added: Jun. 6, 2014
From all the Kleiss descendents, may you rest in peace.
- J Vogel
 Added: May. 24, 2009

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