VERSAILLES - Helen Marie Redmond, age 84, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Feb. 27, 2013, at 8:15 a.m. at Versailles Health Care Center in Versailles, Ohio.
She was born on July 29, 1928, in Russia, Ohio, to the late John and Loretta (Cordonnier) Redmond.
She is survived by her sisters and brother-in-aw, Florence Schwartz of Versailles, Dorothy Redmond of Versailles, Marie and Jack Eiting of Portland, Ore. and Patricia "Pat" Schwartz of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 24 nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Robert Schwartz and Herbert Schwartz.
Helen was a member of St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia, Ohio, and attended Russia High School. Helen's life was a life filled with joy and love despite the difficulties and challenges she faced throughout. Those who knew her well describe her as being true servant for the Lord. She attended daily Mass every day for 35 years. She loved nothing more than to pray and talk about Jesus. Helen always tried to see God in everyone and this showed as she went about her simple and humble day to day life. Helen truly did "small things with great love" as Mother Teresa of Calcutta instructed us to do. She also lived out the gospel of Jesus every day of her life by joyfully serving others. In doing so Helen lived out what St. Francis of Assisi told us when he said, "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words." Those of us who knew her will miss her but we also celebrant knowing that she is finally able to worship Jesus as she always wanted but could not do here on earth.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Remy Catholic Church, Russia, Ohio, with Rev. Fr. Frank Amberger celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Remy Church Cemetery, Russia, Ohio.
Family will receive friends on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com