CAROLINE ROBERTA (SURFACE) HELWIG
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November 7, 1923 - December 13, 2012
Preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Albert Emil Helwig, she is survived by her daughter, Grace Huppert, son, Thomas Helwig, five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia, Caroline was the oldest of eight children born to Robert and Grace Surface. In 1952, the Helwig family moved to the San Fernando Valley, residing in the same Reseda home for 53 years. Caroline was an active and devoted member of the St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church congregation, as well as the church secretary and bookkeeper for more than 20 years. She was also very active in the Order of the Eastern Star, serving in many roles including Worthy Matron in 1988, and the Daughters of the Nile. Caroline and Albert were avid bridge players (which Caroline continued to play whenever possible through 2012), enjoyed camping trips in their motor home-especially with their camping squares square dancing group-and loved doting on their grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 7136 Winnetka Avenue, Winnetka, CA 91306, 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 12, 2013. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News from Jan. 5 to Jan. 7, 2013