|Birth: ||Apr. 30, 1902|
|Death: ||Apr., 1982|
Uncle Hans was not my uncle, but my mom's uncle - my maternal grandmother's brother.
His obituary appeared in the Allentown Morning Call of April 8, 1982, but I have not yet had the opportunity to retrieve it; still, it tells us that he died on or before this date, while the SSDI says he died in April, so that means he passed between April 1 and April 8 of 1982.
Hans was a lovely man - extremely kind, willing to share his knowledge, and one of the people who was most steadfast in visiting my grandma when her health was not good. He and his wife, Mim (from her formal name of Miriam Kuhns Helfrich) were a great couple, very warm and optimistic folks. My mom babysat their son, Billy.
I remember Uncle Hans as a champion gardener. One summer he came to our house to work with my dad in the yard, putting in a circle of hollies in the center of our long side yard. For an older gent, he really got down to work, stripping his top down to his sleeveless t-shirt and shoveling away like a young man.
When that was done, he gave me a little stalk that was a young mimosa tree. We planted it behind our cast stone bench where, in years to come, it would shade people sitting there with its gentle swaying branches, and brighten the yard with its annual show of delicate pink puffs.
Dad wasn't much for that mimosa; it was a "messy tree" with that pink fuzzy stuff. He was more of an evergreen man - low maintenance, trim once annually, no droppings. But I loved that mimosa - it was the first time I had a tree that was mine, and I felt I had a stake in that yard. At the first sign of botannical illness, Dad took the tree down despite my protests.
It still makes me smile though; that tree left us a baby mimosa. One of the seed pods managed to migrate to a nearby garden inside our patio. It comes up every year and fills in the woody interior of a failing lilac below my old bedroom window. My dad, and later the fellow who does our lawn now both tried to get rid of it, but it always comes back and helps me remember Uncle Hans.
William H Helfrich (1867 - 1939)
Cora Ellen Schollenberger Helfrich (1874 - 1920)
Grace Myrtle Helfrich Peters (1900 - 1989)*
William Ellsworth Helfrich (1901 - 1964)*
Harold Henry Helfrich (1902 - 1982)
Melva Ellen Helfrich Ettinger (1903 - 1977)*
Claud M. Helfrich (1911 - 1912)*
Claud Morton Helfrich (1911 - 1912)*
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Sep 22, 2009
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