Helen Heier of Vernon Hills Helen Heier, 87, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, peacefully at her home. She was born in Kansas City on Dec. 6, 1924. Helen was active in the community, organizing the Vernon Hills Fishing Derby for over 35 years, which was later named in her honor. She was also known as the much loved "lunch lady" at Hawthorn Middle School for 19 years. Helen honored this country's veterans and firmly believed in treating them as the heroes that they are. She loved watching basketball games and could hold conversation with the most devote fans, especially of the Chicago Bulls and L.A. Lakers. Helen was also quite the trivia mastermind and could regularly outsmart the Jeopardy champions. She was of strong moral character, was a role model for all, and will be greatly missed. Helen is survived by her cherished husband of 67 years, James; and her children, Steven (Barbara) from Columbia TN, Richard (Patricia) of Vernon Hills and Diana of Vernon Hills. She was the proud grandmother of 16; and the dearest great-grandmother of two. She was preceded in death by her beloved mom, Orpha Chrisman; and just recently her daughter, Darlene (and the late Clair) Rairigh. A funeral Mass will be Friday, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of Vernon Catholic Church, 236 U.S. Highway 45, Indian Creek. Interment will be in Willow Lawn Cemetery, Vernon Hills. Visitation will be Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at McMurrough Funeral Chapel, Ltd., 101 Park Place (Route 176, one block east of Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the VFW Military Assistance Program at www.vfw.org, would be greatly appreciated. For funeral information, 847-362-2626. Sign guest book at libertyvillefuneralhome.com.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Nov. 28, 2012