Hellen E. Taber

Born: Sunday, October 10, 1920
Passed: Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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On January 2, 2019, after a full and wonderful life, Hellen E. Taber, 98, of Rockford, passed away. She was born on October 10, 1920, in Chicago, IL; the daughter of Henry and Eva (Patrylyk) Wu. She graduated from Beloit High School in 1938 and attended the University of Wisconsin from 1938 to 1943. Hellen served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946 as a Lieutenant in the Nurse Corps during WWII. She married Willard "Bill" Taber on October 2, 1948, in Beloit, WI. He predeceased her on February 29, 2016. She was a 53 year member of Cathedral of St. Peter, where she volunteered. She and Will enjoyed years of traveling to see her children and grandchildren, before retiring to Wesley Willows.
Hellen is survived by daughters, Susan (Louis) Krueger, Sarah (Jeff Collins) Taber, Martha Taber, Mary "Min" Taber, and Elizabeth Taber; son, John (Eileen) Taber; grandchildren, Nikee Groot, Clayton (Natalie Krinsky) Krueger and Matthew Krueger, Hap and Willard Thienemann; and great-grandson, Gideon Lev Krueger.
Hellen chose to donate her body to science. A Memorial Service will be held at The Cathedral of St. Peter at a later date. Family is ever grateful for the attentive care received from the entire staff at Wesley Willows, for the past 11 years. They would also like to thank Northern Illinois Hospice. Memorials may be made to Wesley Willows Good Samaritan Fund. Arrangements by Olson Funeral and Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or send an online condolence, visit olsonfh.com

Condolences & Shared Memories (9)

  1. Pat Perkins

    I always enjoyed talking with your mom at get togethers. She was an interesting, intelligent lady!

  2. Sue (Lynch) Comins

    Thoughts and prayers to the family! I loved her smile and her singing!

  3. Gerry Brock

    My deepest condolences, Sue and family.

  4. Patrick and Felicia Perkins

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Great memories of Lake Riply and your family.

  5. Sara Perkins

    Helen's smile always drew me in. She seemed to really care about me and was welcoming no matter where we were: the Brown House in Beloit, the Farm, Lake Ripley, Winnie and Bob's house. We had six special parents Helen, Bill, Bev, Harold, Winnie n Bob who gave us great lessons in love, fun and family. I especially loved having Friday fish with all 6 at Culver's in Rockton in the later years. Helen being the last of the six to leave this earthly home, I am sad but mostly happy for her continued journey into the arms of heavenly love and friendship. I look forward to seeing many at Helen's Life Celebration later this year.

  6. Tracy Kent

    To my Taber cousins, you have to know your mom's passing has a deep effect on me. She and Winnie were my “second moms”. All the weekends at Lake Ripley and trips to St. Pete were much more enjoyable with her. When I moved to Rockford we shared many Rock Valley adult education classes together. The Tabers are all together now, and I am forever thankful to have grown up with their guidance and love.

  7. Karen Brander

    Min and family: what a full life your mom lived! Great mom to all of you. May the months and years to come bring back many great memories of past years. Blessings,

  8. Jan Bacino

    My heart goes out to you...sending you hugs...prayers ...and memories of your wonderful Mom...

  9. Kelly stewart

    She was a terrific lady. She always had a smile on her face. So sorry for your loss.

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