Helen Metzger


Dec. 31, 1916-Sept 27, 2012

Helen Josephine Keogh Metzger, passed away Sept. 27, in Lincoln at the age of 95.

Mass of Christian burial was at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Gordon on Oct. 4.

Helen was born in Barada, to John Joseph and Margaret Emmaline Keogh. She and her six siblings grew up in Falls City. She attended Falls City Sacred Heart School and graduated in 1934.

She moved to Gordon for work where she met Marvin Metzger. They were married in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sept. 10, 1941.

During World War II, Helen made Gordon her home while awaiting Marvin's return from the Navy. After his discharge in 1945, Helen contributed to Gordon's thriving community for the next 40 years, giving generously of her time and talent.

A longstanding member of St. Leo's Catholic Church, Helen served on the Parish Council, volunteered with the Altar Society, taught CCD, and led the choir for 40 years. She also volunteered for the Sheridan County Voting Board, and Red Cross, and was a member of the Nebraska Cowbells Association and American Legion Auxiliary.

Helen cultivated her love of music, golf and travel and was a formidable bridge player as well as a die-hard Husker enthusiast.

She and Marvin retired to Green Valley, Ariz. in 1985, where she sang in the church choir, was involved in church activities and enjoyed attending local art shows and entertaining her "snowbird" friends.

In 2005, Helen returned to Nebraska with Marvin, moving to Lincoln.

She is survived by: her daughters: Mary Helen Cogdill (Charles), Margaret Ann Walsh (Jim), Jane Louise Connealy (Jack); sons Thomas Andrew (Carolyn), Robert Allen (Mary), and Michael Kevin (Barb), sister-in-law Ruth Evelyn Paul; 25 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 69 years, Marvin.

Memorials may be made to St Leo's Catholic Church in Gordon or Sacred Heart School, Music Department, Falls City.

Condolences may be left at www.chamberlainchapel.com
Published in The Chadron Record on Oct. 5, 2012