Katherine F. "Kathy" Helmbock
1932 - 2020
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Katherine "Kathy" F. Helmbock (nee Fryer), 1932-2020, age 87 years, born August 26, 1932 to Kathryn Zempter Fryer and Ercel Ray Fryer in Winchester, KY. Wife of the late David Helmbock, sister of the late psychiatrist John E. Fryer M.D., LGBT civil rights pioneer, and survived by son Steven Helmbock. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Kathy came to Cincinnati to take a job at a brand group at P&G. She later worked at the advertising departments of Baldwin Piano and Shillitos/Lazarus until 1995. An activist with the National Organization for Women since 1972, Kathy served the local and Ohio chapters as president, vice-president, and treasurer. She was a charter member of the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus and served a term on the Planned Parenthood Board in the 1990s. She was president of the Women's City Club in 2007 & 2008. Kathy volunteered for many Democratic campaigns over the past four decades and served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee. A lifelong member of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, she served the Walnut Hills Church as elder and board chair in the 1990s plus the Norwood Church as elder from 2012 to 2018. Graveside Service at Spring Grove Cemetery on Tues. June 30, at 2:30 PM. Friends may visit at T P WHITE & SONS Funeral Home, 2050 Beechmont Ave. Mt. Washington on Tues. from 1-2 PM.




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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Jun. 26 to Jun. 28, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JUN
30
Visitation
01:00 - 02:00 PM
JUN
30
Graveside service
02:30 PM
Spring Grove Cemetery
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June 30, 2020
Very sorry for your loss. I was a Scout in Troop 102 back in the 90's. Kathy's husband Dave made a tremendous impact on my life as a scout leader. As I help with my own son's scout troop I always think of Dave and Kathy how they opened their home at times while I would wait for a Scout Troop meeting. They will be missed.
Harley Davis
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
Kathy was a force to be reckoned with! It was her idea to start giving education awards to graduating female seniors at the Seasongood Luncheon and we have been dong it ever since! Thank you for all you did, Kathy!
Susan Noonan
Susan Noonan
Friend
June 29, 2020
Sweet lady, loved working with her on Alternating Currents, she always complimented my choice of background music for her, she delivered her NOW reports like she was talking to a friend. Rest In Peace Kathy
Jim Fenos
June 28, 2020
Awesome Lady, great political powerhouse. A leader not limited by anything or anybody. A friend, a leader and a wonderful Christian, she will missed yet never forgotten.
Terry Payne
Friend
June 28, 2020
A wonderful soul that I met through her work NOW, WAIF-FM on the Alternating Currents Radio show in the 80s. She was an advocate/ally for the LGBTQ+ community. I will miss her.

Michael Chanak Jr.
Michael Chanak Jr
Friend
June 28, 2020
We were acquainted with Kathy several years ago through Planned Parenthood and NOW in Cincinnati. We admired her for the time and energy she devoted to several great progressive causes, in addition to just being a nice person and fun to be around. Our sincere condolences to her family.
Ginny and Dave Rice
June 28, 2020
Kathy was a,devoted volunteer and a staunch sopporter of all things women
mary Margaret Rochford
Friend
June 28, 2020
Kathy was a woman ahead of her time and just lovely to talk to. She also was sharp as a tack up to the end. I never got to meet her in person, but I talked to her on the phone a lot. She was an avid reader and--through my sister--sent me lots of books when she started giving them to the public library. When she went into a nursing home in December, she asked me to help her with her personal affairs. She told me I'm good at stuff like that and wanted to use my expertise LOL!! She made me feel needed. She was a delightful treasure, a very kind and generous soul who will be so missed! Rest in peace, Kathy. I love you!
Deborah W.
Friend
June 27, 2020
Even though she had health issues for many years, I never saw her in a bad mood. She was a warm, kind woman. She truly made a difference in the world.
Jeneene Brengelman
Friend
June 27, 2020
Kathy was an early mentor and friend when I moved back to Cincinnati after law school in 1982 and got involved in feminist and Democratic politics, even before I came out and became involved in the LGBT movement in Cincinnati. She was an extraordinary leader and good friend. Her memory will always be a blessing.
Douglas E Duckett
Friend
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