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Helen Louise Goodin Hoerger

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Helen Louise Goodin Hoerger
81, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away on Feb. 7, 2011 in Midland, surrounded by her family. Helen was born on Nov. 27, 1929 in Canton, Ohio, to Jay Lawrence and Myrtle (McClelland) Goodin. She graduated from Lehman High School in Canton in 1947 and Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and education. Helen married Fred Donald Hoerger on Dec. 23, 1951 in Canton. The couple spent their early years in West Lafayette, Ind., while Fred finished his education at Purdue, and in 1954 they moved to Midland, where Fred worked for The Dow Chemical Company. Helen earned a master's degree in library science from Central Michigan University in 1973, enrolling in graduate school after the youngest of her five sons entered elementary school. She worked for several years as a chemistry instructor at Heidelberg College, as a science and math teacher in Clarks Hill, Ind., and for 15 years as a media specialist and librarian in the Breckenridge Community Schools, retiring in 1989. Helen was active in the First United Methodist Church of Midland. She served for a time as coordinator of children's education and worked with various committees and the Lois Woodward Circle. Helen and Fred also participated in church missions to Jamaica in 1993 and to Russia in 2007. Helen served as president of the Midland Jaycee Auxiliary and as coordinator of several bridge groups. She was a 47-year member of P.E.O., and had great enthusiasm for its mission of educating women. Helen will be remembered for her keen mind, her willingness to try new things and her devotion to family and friends. A lifelong learner and teacher, Helen learned to use a computer in 1979 and lectured on search engines to her computer club long before Google was so dominant. She read books out loud to her family during summer car trips, years before books on tape gained popularity. With Fred, she outfitted a tent trailer to accommodate a family of seven and took many wonderful trips with her family to national parks and historic and cultural sites across the nation. Helen served as a Cub Scout den mother for nine years and with Fred took their grandchildren on Elderhostel adventures in the U.S. and overseas. In the years following Fred's retirement in 1991, Helen and Fred traveled to 43 countries, including many Elderhostel trips that combined education with new experiences. She hiked in the Alps, rode her bicycle along the Danube River, went on safari in Africa and walked along the Great Wall of China. For the past 10 years, Helen and Fred spent winters in Palm Desert, Calif, where they enjoyed bicycling, hiking, bridge playing, attending church and other activities. In November 2009, Helen's family and friends celebrated her 80th birthday in Midland.
Helen is survived by her husband of 59 years, Fred; her sons, Bruce (Karen), Carl (Janelle), Tom (Sue), Dave (Ginny) and Steve (Jenny); grandchildren Sue (Pat) Adrian, Annette (Sean) Murray, Bill Meyer, and Michael, John, Vicky, Kelly, Alex, Eric, Jacob, Ryan, Sean, Adam, and Sara Hoerger; and great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Booker Adrian and Mercedes and Christian Meyer. Helen also is survived by her sister, Ruth Amiet of Canton, Ohio; and her brothers, Paul Goodin of Battle Creek and Carl Goodin and Linn Goodin, both of North Canton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jay and Myrtle Goodin; daughter-in-law, Mary Hoerger; and grandson, Nathaniel Jay Hoerger. The family wishes to thank MidMichigan Hospice and the dedicated volunteers at the Toni and Trish House for their excellent care, and to the many friends who stepped forward to help, and in the process brightened Helen's last days.
Funeral services will have taken place with interment will be in the Midland City Cemetery at a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Helen Goodin Hoerger Memorial Scholarship fund, administered through the P.E.O. Foundation, to provide grants to women whose education has been interrupted and are returning to college. Contributions may be sent to the P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312 (specify the donation is for the Helen Goodin Hoerger Scholarship Fund) or to the Toni and Trish House, PO Box 125, Auburn, MI 48611.
Ware-Smith-Woolever
1200 West Wheeler St.,
Midland, Michigan. www.waresmithwoolever.com
989-631-2292


Published in The Repository on Feb. 12, 2011
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