Helen Catherine Potts

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Helen Catherine Potts, 93, died December 16, 2016, at Forest Park Health Campus. She was born November 25, 1923 in Large, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Anna Raposky Pekalla and has lived here since 1969. She retired as a registered nurse in 1994, after actively nursing for 50 years, as head of Psychiatric Nursing at Reid Health. Helen was a 1944 graduate of the Nursing Program at McKeesport Hospital in Mckeesport, Pennsylvania, and served as a Red Cross Nurse. Helen was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic minister and lector. She was a Lay Carmelite and member of Cursillo and CHIRP Team #1. She was also a member of Catholic Women United, Daughters of Isabella, Richmond Women's Club, and a Board Member of Community Food Pantry. Survivors include four children, Michelle (Dennis) Ellerbrock, of Wisconsin, Col. Gregory (Cheryl) Potts, of Alabama, Susan (Stephen) Gentner, of Oregon, and Dr. Timothy (Linda) Potts, of New York; seven grandchildren, Matthew and Mark Ellerbrock, Lisa Garver, Jennifer Clark, Catherine Evans, and Emmett and Ian Potts; twelve great- grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Her husband Francis died in 1981; she is also preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Thomas, Joseph, and Theodore Pekalla. Helen's family would like to thank the staffs of Reid Health, Forest Park Health Campus, and Aceracare Hospice for their help. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. today, December 22, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rev. Kevin Morris officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. today at the church. Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be given to Seton Schools c/o Richmond Catholic office 240 South 6th Street Richmond, Indiana 47374. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at stegallberheideorr.com.
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Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home - Richmond
222 North 10th Street
Richmond, IN 47374
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Published in The Anniston Star on Dec. 22, 2016