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Helen Janet Kroh

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Helen Janet Kroh Obituary
Helen, known affectionately as "Helen Belen the Watermelon", since grade school, was born in the back bedroom of her parents tiny home in Westminster, California. The family moved to Pomona when Helen was young, where she would soon meet the future love of her life, little Harry Kroh. Riding an old bicycle with one wooden wheel, Harry stood out in a crowd, and that attracted young Helen. Time passed, Helen grew into a beautiful young lady, and the war interrupted life. Then one day the doorbell rang, and she found her childhood buddy, Harry, standing on her family's front porch, and introducing himself as her brother, Harold's, new 22-year old Scoutmaster. This kind of fate was too much to be ignored, so, on September 19, 1948, they were married. And for the next 63 years, they were absolutely inseparable. Helen's quick smile, humble spirit, and loving concern for everyone around her made her a joy to be with. Even Harry's Boy Scouts demanded that Helen go on backpacking trips with the troop. So she did.
Three children later and now living in Riverside, Helen and Harry worked together at their backpacking store, Highland Outfitters and raised their children- Dave, Steve, and Vicky. No matter what the activity, Helen just loved having her family together. Camping in the Sierras, trips to the beach, and driving vacations in their family station wagon- they never left the kids home. Although she didn't know how to swim herself, Helen taught her three kids how to swim- and none of them ever had a clue that she was deathly afraid of water. Book reports, science projects, sack lunches, and walking hand-in-hand on the first day of school. Going to church on Sunday and praying before every meal. She never missed a ball game, track meet, or piano recital. Helen and Harry wanted a close family, and they poured everything they had into it. When Harry went to be with the Lord in 2012, it left a void in her heart that could never, ever be filled. Helen passed away on January 29, 2017, still claiming to be "almost middle-aged", at the grand age of 90, with her children still by her side and holding her hand. She will be dearly missed.
Helen loved her grandchildren - Tim, Stephanie, Chris, Kymberly, Julia, and Michael; and adored her great- grandchildren - Andrew, Rylee, Royal, Madyson, Emmeline, Stella, Alex, Tiffanie, Hazel, and Camryn - with another one on the way. And she loved that they loved her too.
Burial with her beloved husband, Harry, was at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, February 6th.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 10, 2017
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