Flowers if any must be delivered to the church.
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:00am
Holy Love Lutheran Church
4210 S Chambers Rd,
Aurora, CO 80014
ph: (303) 693-1162
Helene Margaret (Andersen) Schmuck, age 81 of Denver, Colorado passed peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Helene was born April 20, 1938 in Glendive, Montana to Viggo and Marjory (Frederickson) Andersen. Helene spent her formative years growing up in Sidney, Montana where she graduated Sidney High in 1956. She then pursued her education at Kinman Business University in Spokane, Washington where she met the love of her life Marvin George Schmuck. They were married August 1, 1964 at Larson Air Force Base and enjoyed more than 45 years of marriage and many adventures.
Helene’s world became much larger as a military spouse. She and Marvin lived in the following locations after Larson: Goldsboro, NC where they welcomed son, Alan, Kaiserslautern AFB, Germany, Kincheloe AFB Michigan, where they welcomed a second son, Eric, Travis AFB, CA, where Marvin served until retirement, they relocated to Quincy, IL, Roosevelt, UT, then settled together as “empty-nesters” in Spokane, WA for many years. While in Quincy, IL, Helene enjoyed working in the St. Mary’s hospital cafeteria, and her life in Spokane included working for ARBY’s restaurants, camping trips, and the Pilgrim Lutheran Church sewing circle as the official knot fixer & fabric cutter.
Upon Marvin’s passing in 2012, Helene relocated back to Quincy, IL to be close to family. She enjoyed time with her grandchildren, socializing over coffee at the Sunset Apartments with friends, resale shopping, attending Bible study at Luther Memorial Church, and digging into family genealogy in the Quincy Public Library. When it became time for Alan’s family to relocate to Denver, Colorado, Helene said “YES!” to being close to the Rocky Mountains and joined them.
Helene loved reading Danielle Steel novels, playing BINGO, and the joy that can be found in eating apple jelly and chocolate, but most of all, Helene loved laughing with her family. Her famous reprisal annually of impersonating the “Jolly Green Giant” for Halloween brought everyone joy. She won 1st prize in a costume contest just days before her passing. Her spry spirit will be sorely missed by her loved ones.
Helene was preceded in death by her parents, and her deeply loved husband Marvin. Helene is survived by her brother Marvin (Peggy) Andersen of Cottonwood, KS, her sister, Beverly (Dale) Edam of Worden, MT, two sons, Alan (Amy) Schmuck of Denver, CO and Eric (Cathy) Schmuck of Richlands, NC, her four grandchildren, Madeline, Adam, Connor, and Abigail Schmuck, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family would like to thank Helene’s many caregivers through the past four years from Brookdale Lowry Assisted Living, All the Comforts of Home, and Advanced Health Care of Aurora. A memorial service will be held at Holy Love Lutheran Church in Aurora, CO on Saturday, November 16th at 11 AM. Interment service will be held at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy, IL at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Newcomer Funeral Home in Denver, CO. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local Meals on Wheels.