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Helen Reagan Obituary

OTTAWA - Helen Grace Reagan, 86, of Ottawa died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at home surrounded by her family.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ottawa, with the Rev. Joseph Hogan of St. Patrick's Church in Urbana officiating. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. with liturgical prayers recited at 4 p.m. at the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa.

Helen Reagan was born on Sept. 17, 1923, in Charleston, W.Va., to William Edward and Lillian Agnes (Dunnigan) Kirk. She married William John Reagan on Aug. 24, 1946, at St. Anthony Church in Charleston. He preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 2003.

She graduated from Charleston Catholic High School in 1941 and was a cum laude graduate of St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Charleston, W.Va., in 1944. She completed graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Before her marriage she worked as a nurse and nursing instructor in Charleston.

As they moved across the country, living in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and finally Ottawa, Ill., Helen and her husband, Bill, contributed their time and energies to civic and educational organizations in their communities.

Helen was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, the St. Francis Choir, the local chapter of American Red Cross, the Ottawa Regional Hospital Auxiliary and Corporation, the Community Concert Association, and school volunteer, parent-teacher and scouting organizations.

She is survived by three daughters, Margaret A. Reagan of Ottawa, Eileen A. (John) Wikoff of Peoria and Maureen V. Reagan of Champaign; three sons, Michael T. (Debby) of Ottawa, Patrick A. (Lynn) of Willow Springs, N.C., and Joseph F. (Julie) of Louisville, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, Terence K. (Jaime), Daniel B. (Emilie), Margaret M., John W., Sarah G., Amanda J., Alexander B., Cuinn J., Annabelle H. and Eloise M. Reagan; a great-granddaughter, Lillian E. Reagan; and three brothers, Frank (Berta Ann) Kirk of Panama City, Fla., Robert L. Kirk of Washington, D.C., and Thomas T. (Ruth) Kirk of Charleston, W.Va.

Mrs. Reagan was preceded in death by her husband, parents and one brother, William E. Kirk of Wilmington, Del.

Memorials may be directed to the William J. Reagan Scholarship Fund at Ottawa Township High School; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois; or St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Pallbearers will be her six children and her grandson, Terence K. Reagan.

The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.MuellerFH.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Sept. 14, 2010
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