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Helene Lauer


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Helene Lauer

Helen died on April 28, 2018, in Rancho Mirage, CA. Ever organized, she prepared the following introductory lines for her memorial: "I was born August 18, 1920, to Nikolas and Elisabeth Buzas in Timisoara, Romania. My dad was the manager of a plant that produced industrial alcohol. On March 22, 1928, I got a little doll of a sister, Olga, who was the greatest gift from God."
Helene tells about her delightful childhood and marriage in 1942 to Leonard Lauer. Then came World War II. In January 1945 she and others in the community were taken to a labor camp in Russia to unload coal. After 23 months on a diet of bread and thin soup, she was ill, weighing less than 100 pounds. Together with several hundred other laborers, she was taken to a rest camp in what was then East Germany. The Red Cross helped her re-establish contact with her parents; she learned of relatives in West Germany, where she went and was reunited with Leo, a prisoner of war in England. Shortly thereafter they were able to come to America, settling in Western Pennsylvania. They later moved to Banning, CA where Leo passed away in 2006. For the past two years, Helene lived in Rancho Mirage, CA with her daughter Vivian and son-in-law Hub Segur, and two spoiled cats Missy Ridgeway and Skipper. She enjoyed these years as a member of Sacred Heart Church and of the Knitting Guild.
The family would like to thank V. Jodoin, MD, and his staff, the team at Eisenhower Medical Center, and most especially the caregivers at Victoria Falls Home Care and Reliance Hospice for helping Helene find comfort during her last weeks. She reveled in the attention afforded to her by the loving circle of friends, who together with Vivian and Hub will celebrate her life on Friday, June 8, 2018, at 11 AM at Sacred Heart Church, Palm Desert. Her ashes and those of Leo will be mingled and scattered over the sea. Together again forever.
In lieu of flowers, please consider any size donation to Eisenhower Memory Care or Animal Samaritans of the Desert. Say hello to a stranger, make a new friend, or just howl at the moon. "I can do it." Yes, Helene, you could and did. We will miss your courage, love, stubborn nature, sense of humor, single mindedness, and tenacity.
Entrusted to the care of Wiefels Funeral Directors, Palm Springs.August 18, 1920 ~ April 28, 2018
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on May 15, 2018
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