Helen was born September 6, 1922, in Lansford, Pa., and attended business school in Allentown. She passed away July 1, 2013.
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She married her childhood sweetheart, John M. Riebe (deceased), in 1945 and the two of them raised ten children: Karen (Tom) Boyle of Williamsburg; Michael Riebe of Elon, N.C.; Diana (John) Arthur of Midlothian; Geralyn (Roger) Nelson of Grafton; Suzanne (Steve) Wright of Ellicott City, Md.; Matthew Riebe of Newport News; Barbara Riebe of Williamsburg; Christine (Bill) Enos of West Point; Gregory (Delia) Riebe of Hampton; and Mary Ann (Tony) Antonioli will greatly miss her gentle, kind, patient, humorous spirit.
She was an incredible lady and mother to her children and her 12 grandchildren. Helen was artistic and loved nature and reading, passions she shared with her children. Her one-of-a-kind birthday cakes for each of them will always be remembered fondly.
She spent her summers at Lake Gaston, Va. with her husband of 66 years enjoying her children's and grandchildren's many visits. For the past two years Helen lived with her daughter, Barbara, in Williamsburg, where she enjoyed an immensely rich life under Barbara's loving care for which her siblings are eternally grateful.
A special thank you goes to Marilynn Williams of Home Instead Senior Care for her kindness and care of Mom during Barbara's working hours. Her children also wish to thank Respite Care of Williamsburg, where Helen spent many enriching and happy hours.
The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 5 Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg. A mass of Christian burial will be offered on Saturday, July 6 at 1 PM at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, followed by interment at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Respite Care of Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, 23185, or to a
in Helen's name. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com and www.vagazette.com
Published in Virginia Gazette from July 3 to Aug. 2, 2013