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Helen Tempas left this world unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 17th in Burlingame, CA. She was the beloved wife of Robert Tempas for 59 years and a long time resident of Millbrae, California. Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, she was the fifth of nine children of Daniel and Mary Christus. She was a caring and emotional woman who loved her family and her friends. Her faith was unwavering throughout her life and she is at peace with her God.
She will be deeply mourned and her memory will be cherished by her children Fred (Joan). Mary, Roberta (Brad), and Charles (Amy). She was Yia Yia to Rebecca, Daniel (Cathron), Kendra, Darren, Lisa (Reil), Amy (Matt), four great-grandchildren with one on the way, as well as countless nieces and nephews, whose deep sorrow is a testament to her commitment to and love for them. A beloved sister to Janet, Ginny, and George, she is preceded in death by her parents and five other siblings. She recently moved into a senior living community and will be greatly missed by her friends at Sterling Court, as well as the New Horizons group at First Presbyterian Church and many other friends and acquaintances.
She was a divine cook and often showed her love through her food. She enjoyed keeping her mind active and was incredibly passionate about books; she often told stories about her childhood and her love of libraries, and her former work as a librarian. She was thrilled to engage in lively discussions with everyone around her. She loved watching and helping children grow and worked for many years at the First Presbyterian Church Nursery School.
Viewing and visitation will be on Thursday, August 25th from 10:00 - 11:00 am at Chapel of the Highlands, 194 Millwood Drive, Millbrae, CA 94030.
Memorial service will be Thursday, August 25th at 1:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, 1500 Easton Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010.
Donations in her memory can be made to the First Presbyterian Church Nursery School, 1500 Easton Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010.
CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS, Millbrae
Published in Sheboygan Press on Aug. 23, 2011