About Helen Roher (Langowski)
Helen was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and active in the Trinity Guild, Friendly Social, Willing Workers and RSVP.
Helen was raised in East Chicago, Indiana. Her mother Mary immigrated from Poland, maybe Olsztyn. Helen was raised with her half-siblings Frances and Iggy. Helen is the blonde girl on the far right of photo above.
The published obituary for Helen Roher is available in The Times newspaper, Porter County edition, 28 and 30 Jan 2000.
Grandmother Helen wrote her obituary several years ago and did not include family history. The following information is an addendum to honor celebrate my grandmother's life, her Polish heritage, relatives who mourn her passing, and realtives interested in family history.
Helen Langowski was born in Indiana Harbor (East Chicago) 10 Nov 1908. She died at the VNA Mary Bartz Hospice Center, Valparaiso IN on 26 Jan 2000. Helen had been hospitalized on Christmas Eve 1999, moved back to her residence home the Whispering Pines Health Care Center skilled nursing unit, and finally to the hospice on Sat, 22 Jan 2000.
Helen married Erman 'Dutch' Roher on 28 Mar 1925 in Crown Point IN. They resided in East Chicago near Helen's sister Frances until July 1942 when Erman moved his family to Anderson Road near Long Lake, Valparaiso IN. Daughters Louise, Bette, and Lucille graduated from Valparaiso High School.
Helen and Erman visited often with his relatives Leo and Alma Grace Druckamiller, Syracuse IN.
(Alma Grace (Heyde) Druckamiller 1937-1998)
Erman was raised by his biological uncle Clarence Jessie Druckamiller and wife Louise Newman.
Helen was an extraordinary wife, mother and grandmother. She also worked away from her home at different times, Strongbow's Inn and the Eigelsbach grocery in Valpo. Helen was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and active in the Trinity Guild, Friendly Social, Willing Workers, and RSVP.
She is preceded in death by her:
Parents, Stephen Mary Langowski
Husband, Erman Ira Roher, 1980
Daughter, Louise Erma (Myron) Anderson 1997
Great grandson, Jared Anderson Koehler 1999
Half Sister, Frances (Stasiewicz) Novak 1991
Half Brother, Iggy Stasiewicz
Half Sister, Jennie Stasiewicz
Infant Brother, ? Langowski
Grandmother, Valeria Napiwocki (Mary's mother)
Aunt, Helen (Langowski) Spilos
Four nephews also survive: Frank Novak Jr, Eddie Novak, Dentist Norman (Barbara) Novak, of Chesterton IN, and Walter (Maria) Spilos, Mobridge SD.
Visitation at Trinity Lutheran Church on Mon, 31 Jan 2000 from 9:00am to 11:00 am. Funeral burial at Graceland Memorial Cemetery, Valparaiso IN.
Family history inquiries welcome, especially surnames of Langowski, Napiwocki (Napiwocka), Stasiewicz, Druckamiller, Roher, Rohrer, Novak, Spilos.
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