Helen J. Gebke, 85, of Albers, formerly of Bartelso, died on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Bartelso, with the Rev. Henry Fischer officiating. Burial was in St. Cecelia Cemetery. Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church. Moss Funeral Home in Breese was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Siteman Cancer Center for Myeloma Research or donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.mossfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Gebke was born on Aug. 10, 1927, in Bartelso, the daughter of Herman and Cecelia Varel Koopmann. She married Cornelius Gebke Sr. on June 18, 1946, at St. Cecelia Church in Bartelso; he died on March 13, 1995.
She is survived by children, Ken Gebke and his wife Nancy of Vandalia, Cornie Gebke Jr. and his wife Theresa of Bartelso, Brenda and her husband Jim Porterfield of Alberts, and Mary Ellen and her husband George Piralli of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.