Helen Marie Hrabley – October 11, 2017

Helen Marie Hrabley, age 95, of Columbus, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Helen was born August 27, 1922 in Dennison, Ohio to Barbara Ann (Svedron) and Andrew B. Hrabley. Her mother, Barbara Ann, passed away shortly after Helen’s birth. Along with her six sisters and two brothers, she was raised by her father, Andrew, and stepmother, Anna, in Dennison. Helen was a devoted member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Dennison. She also attended and graduated from Saint Mary’s Catholic High School in 1941. She was one of two surviving classmates – the other being the former Irma Competti who now resides in Dover.

In 1945, during World War II, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Air Corps, now the U.S. Air Force. She was stationed at several air bases, including temporary duty at the Pentagon. In 1947, she received an honorable discharge and with her son, John, relocated to Columbus, Georgia. She soon joined and became a long term member and supporter of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Columbus.

She found employment at the Tom Houston Peanut Company where she worked for 40 years. She was an active member of her employer’s Women’s Softball and Bowling teams. Throughout her life, Helen was a very active person. She loved and enjoyed the great outdoors, especially seaside fishing, swimming, and sports events. Helen supported her son while working full-time on her own. John often wondered and admired everything his mother did to make a good life for both of them. She was a very caring and compassionate person and faithful friend who will be missed by all who knew her.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Barbara Ann and Andrew Hrabley, and stepmother, Anna, as well as brothers, Frank and Andy Joe, and sisters, Mary Bussinger, Ann Kinehan, and Barbara and Margaret Hrabley. Surviving are her son, John Hrabley; sisters, Irene (Hrabley) Sova and Josephine Hrabley; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Holy Family Catholic Church. Condolences may be offered at www.shcolumbus.com. At this time of Veteran’s Day, the family asks that prayers be offered for Helen; her son, John; and for all living and deceased service men and women and their families for their selfless service to our nation.

R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc.