Helen Lawrence Greiner Helen Lawrence (Neilson) Greiner passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at Kingston Residence of Sylvania after a short illness. Helen was born in Bronx, N.Y., in 1919, the daughter of Charles and Florence (Jackson) Neilson. The family moved to Toledo, Ohio, when Helen was 7 and her father was transferred with the Midland Ross Corp. She attended DeVilbiss High School followed by The University of Toledo, where she met the love of her life, Thomas, in her freshman year. She was active as president of the Women's Athletic Association and as a member of the Pi Delta Chi sorority. She graduated in 1940 with a bachelor's degree in business, married in 1942, and accompanied Tom to the East coast for his assignments with the U.S. Navy through the war years. They returned to Toledo after the war and focused on raising their family. While raising her four children, Helen worked for Finkbeiner, Pettis, and Strout. She returned to The University of Toledo to earn a degree in education and became a teacher in Sylvania, a career she followed for 22 years. Besides her time-demanding activities as a mother and professional woman, Helen continued to pursue her creative interests in baking, stitchery, (mostly of birds and flowers), gardening, and playing a mean game of bridge. She was happily able to continue these interests until late in her life. As the many flowers she planted and the many stitcheries she created will attest, Helen was the quintessential lavender lady, filling her gardens and pictures (as well as her wardrobe) with shades of purple and lavender. After 67 years of marriage, Helen lost Tom in 2010. She is survived by her sons, Thomas E., Jr. (Julia), of Sylvania, Ohio and James R. (Kristine), of Leesburg, Va.; daughters, Christie Alter (Theodore), of State College and Linda Warnke (Mark), of Denver, Colo.; and sister, Jean Eickholt, of Sylvania, Ohio. She is also remembered as a loving grandmother of 11 and great grandmother to 15. Her brother, Robert Neilson, predeceased her. The family would like to thank the caring staffs at Kingston Residence of Sylvania and the Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Memorial gifts may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or a
. Helen was a former member of Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Michael's in the Hills. The Reverend Gregory L. Sammons will officiate at a memorial service Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11 a.m., at St. Michael's in the Hills followed by internment at Ottawa Hills Cemetery. Reeb Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.reebfuneralhome.com.
Published in Centre Daily Times on Mar. 14, 2013