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Helen C. Detmer

RHINEBECK - Helen Catherine Detmer passed away on March 30, 2013 at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, New York. For the past 6 months she was a resident at the Baptist Home in Rhinebeck, New York. Before that she lived with a daughter and her family for a year and a half. Prior to her stay there she lived independently in a condominium in Newburgh, New York following the death of her husband of 64 years in 2007. Helen was born Helen C. Studer in Penns Grove, New Jersey in 1924. She was the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Neuwirth) Studer. She had one sister (Eleanor) and three brothers (Joseph, John and Francis). The family moved to Highland, New York and then to Poughkeepsie, New York around the time of the Great Depression. In the early years of WWII, she worked at Standard Gage which was a defense factory and she received the prestigious "E" Award from the government for her efforts. She married Raymond J. Detmer at a Catholic Church in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1943. Raymond had enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941 and was stationed at Greenwood Air Base. Helen truly enjoyed being an Air Force wife for the 20 years that Ray served in the military. The air bases included ones in Mississippi, Washington, Wyoming, Texas, Labrador and New York. Helen and Ray's wonderful life together was devoted to the happiness and security of their 7 children: John; Robert; William; Richard; Rita (Froehlich); Thomas; and Elaine (Gifford). In addition to their children, Helen and Ray loved and inspired their14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Helen and Ray were devout Roman Catholics and were members of Holy Trinity Church in Poughkeepsie for over 40 years. She was very active in the Women's Society of Holy Trinity, sang in the choir, taught CCD at Holy Trinity, wrote a newsletter, was a volunteer with St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, and was a den mother for cub scouts in Goose Bay, Labrador. Helen was always a loving mother whose life was devoted to her family and husband. She had an incredible memory for people and their stories, and throughout her life she stayed in touch with a remarkable number of friends and acquaintances. She was always cheerful and supportive. She had a fantastic smile and was always caring and kind to everyone she met. In lieu of flowers or donations in her memory, she requested that people remember her by doing something nice for someone they love. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 3-7 PM at the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc., 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10 AM in Holy Trinity Church, 775 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Peter's Cemetery. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our web page at

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2013
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