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Helen Mary Selch

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Selch, Helen Mary 1918 -2014 Helen Mary Selch died of natural causes at her home in Milwaukee on May 10, 2014. She was 95. A Wisconsin native, Mrs. Selch was born Sept. 25, 1918 in Allenton, the first born of identical twins, to Alois and Elizabeth (Elsie) Bucher. She went to school there, then moved to Milwaukee to work as a bookkeeper. In 1948, she married Harry A. Selch of Manitowoc, and moved to Milwaukee. Their only son, Michael T. Selch, was born in 1951. She was widowed in 1954 when Harry died of mesothelioma. The late Mr. Selch, a nonsmoker, had worked in shipbuilding during World War II and worked in tool and die industry. Helen worked as a bookkeeper at Allen Bradley for many years until she retired. Her son Michael graduated from John Marshall High School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of Wisconsin at Madison with bachelor of science degree in zoology. He went on to graduate from the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine in 1977, completing a residency in Radiation Oncology. He was appointed to the faculty there in 1984, advancing to full professor until his 2013 retirement. Dr. Selch and his wife, Jean, live in Los Angeles where they raised their daughter, Hayley, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2013. In addition to her son and his family, Helen is survived by three nephews, Paul (Jessica) Bucher of Merton; David Bucher of Phoenix, AZ and Mark Bucher of Milwaukee, as well as eight grandnieces and grandnephews. Helen was preceded in death by her twin, Elsie at age 93, in 2011, and her brothers Ervin in 2001 and Hugo in 1925. The family will receive relatives and friends Saturday, May 17 at Mother of Good Counsel Church 6924 W. Lisbon Ave. from 12:00 Noon until the Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 P.M. Final place of rest, Holy Cross Cemetery.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 15, 2014
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