Helen Viola Herb Miller

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November 9, 2013

Helen Viola Herb Miller, a native of Hegins, passed away peacefully on her 95th birthday, Nov. 9, 2013, at the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown.

Born in 1918, two days before the end of World War I, she was a daughter of the late Harry M. and Dora E. Fisher Herb.

Helen spent most of her formative years in Reading. Upon returning to Hegins in her early twenties, she met Franklin Miller Sr., whom she married in December 1939 at Friedens Lutheran Church, Hegins.

While her husband worked in the coal industry as a heavy equipment operator during World War II, Helen was a homemaker and later worked at Twin Valley Farmers Exchange, Hegins, and Amy's Sportswear, Valley View.

She was very pleased when she and Frank built their home in 1949, located one mile north of Hegins, adjacent to the Charles Miller homestead.

Helen was devoted to her children's well-being and their education, encouraging them to do well in school and to participate in extracurricular activities.

Following the passing of her husband in 1979, after 40 years of marriage, Helen continued to live in her home, where she enjoyed cooking, baking, reading and cross-stitching quilt tops. She cherished the regular visits and phone calls from relatives and friends. A cousin, Ralph Wetzel, Hegins, was especially dedicated to assisting her when she could no longer travel easily and maintain her home.

Helen was noted for her incredible memory, and no birthday or anniversary of a family member was forgotten by her. She also had an amazing wealth of knowledge about the ancestries of many of the people in the Hegins Valley.

Her last few months of life were complicated by lung and heart failure, but she was blessed by physicians, nurses and staff who cared for her so lovingly. Helen was an inspiration to her family and friends and she was loved by many.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Leroy Herb Sr. and Glenn Herb.

Helen is survived by two children: a son, Dr. Franklin (Bonnie Leitzel) Miller Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah, and a daughter, Sandra (Dr. Ronald) Shubert, Elizabethtown; five grandchildren, Valerie (Norman) Kohls, Poway, California, Kim Miller, Scarsdale, New York, Alex (Stephanie) Shubert, Elizabethtown; Erika (Scott) Liska, Seattle, Washington, and Dr. Johanna (Nathan) Kalons, Charlotte, North Carolina; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Spatz, Reading; several sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate Helen's life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Friedens Lutheran Church, Hegins, with Rev. Warren Egebo officiating. Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Frieden's Lutheran Church, 510 Main St., Hegins, PA 17938 or Masonic Village Hospice, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Condolences can be left for the family at www.buffingtonreed.com.

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Published in Republican & Herald on May 4, 2014
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