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1916 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Helen Deppe Vollmar Obituary
Vollmar, Helen Deppe Helen Deppe Vollmar, loving wife, mother and community leader, passed away on May 5, 2014. She was the widow of Joseph E. Vollmar, co-founder of Vollmar Bros Construction Co., who with Helen's help built a successful marine/industrial construction business. She will be missed by her daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Harry Saunders of St. Louis, and Helen and Tony Diepenbrock of Sacramento; her grand-daughters, Laura Diepenbrock Murphy, Meg Diepenbrock Horrigan, Claire Diepenbrock, and two great-granddaughters. Born on Nov. 29, 1916, the daughter of Frederick W. and Laura M. Deppe, Helen was raised in Carondelet until her father was promoted to national vice president of sales for Reading Wrought Iron Co., taking the family to New York and Philadelphia for three years. After returning to St. Louis, she attended Washington University where she met Joe, the light of her life for 70-plus years. They were married in 1942 and stationed at Army Air Corps bases throughout the West, eventually returning to St. Louis to start a family. In the late 1940s, they built their home in Fair Oaks (Ladue), which served as a lively center for family life, business entertaining and happy gatherings for over 64 years. Purposeful and compassionate, Helen balanced devotion to family with a distinguished volunteer career. Highlights include serving as a founding member of the St. Louis Visitor's Center and president of the Memorial Home board (now Beauvais Manor on the Park) where she worked to preserve the Beauvais Mansion, built in 1867. She served on the steering committee of the 1964 Bicentennial Woman's Committee. At the national level, Helen was president of the board of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. She was president of the Pi Beta Phi St. Louis Alumnae Club and served on the board of the Wednesday Club of St. Louis, where she was honored as a life member. Services: A Funeral service will be conducted at THE LUPTON CHAPEL, 7233 Delmar Blvd., University City on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. Private Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at The Lupton Chapel on Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Donations are welcome to a . Extend on-line condolences at www.luptonchapel.com A SERVICE OF THE LUPTON CHAPEL
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on May 18, 2014
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