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Helen Humpal

HELEN R. HUMPAL (nee Taubert) age 59, beloved wife for 27 years of Steve; loving stepmother of Jessica Pinkston (husband Phil); devoted grandmother of Jaydn, Sierra and Sienna; cherished daughter of Theodore Taubert (wife Nadine) and the late Rae Alice (nee Erbor); dearest sister of Carrie Bacso (husband David), Timothy Taubert (wife Pamela) and stepsister of Nancy Wright (husband Dennis, deceased), Frederick Huegel (wife Ann) and William Huegel (wife Sherry); dear aunt and great-aunt of many.

Helen was born on May 11, 1958 in Cleveland and passed away on November 25, 2017 at her home in Rock Creek where Helen has resided for 26 years. She was formerly a resident of Concord and was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Chardon. Helen graduated from Brush High School and was the owner/operator of For the Birds a retail wild bird feeding store. She loved running the store for 15 years and enjoyed the friendship of many customers. Helen also worked at Quail Hollow Hotel grounds. She loved bird watching, gardening, landscaping, farming and riding motorcycles. Helen will be remembered most as a loving, positive and friendly woman. She truly enjoyed the outdoors and nature, enjoying hiking her property and many parks. Helen was a wildlife and wild bird enthusiast who loved watching and photographing birds and wildlife. Helen will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Helen to Geauga Park District’s Naturalist Department 9160 Robinson Rd., Chardon, OH 44024.

Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. Celebration of Life Service Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:30 PM at St. Mary’s Church 401 North St., Chardon, OH 44024. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Helen at St. Mary’s Church  on SATURDAY 1-2:30 PM. Arrangements by THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY OF CHARDON (formerly Ritondaro).

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  1. Jan & Dennis Teague :

    To the Humpal and Taubert families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this trying time. Helen touched so many of us with her energy, warmth, and love. It was a pleasure to work with her and a privilidge to call her my friend. She will be deeply missed. Love & Hugs, Jan, Dennis, Iska & Rory.

  2. My love and many prayers to all the family during this very sad moment in your lives..I met Helen when she oped the Bird store, she made me feel so welcome and immediately we became friends. Would spend some days in there just visiting and of course spending much time with Parker.. I will miss my friend but I know she is free from all pain. Until we meet again dear friend. love and miss you, Diane

  3. My deepest sympathies to Helen’s family and her many dear friends. She was very much loved by the Jerry Grace family and members of the 368th Fighter Group Association. I am so sad we have lost this beautiful spirit and friend. She will be missed so very much.

  4. Gail Grace and Greg Patterson :

    To Ted Taubert and the rest of the Taubert and Humphal families. We appreciated getting to know Helen through the 368th Fighter Group Reunions and missed her at the recent ones. We know she will be missed by many. Our hearts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time of loss.

  5. Kenton & Marcia Baughman :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends of Helen. We really enjoyed spending time with Ted, Helen, and Carrie at the 368th FG reunions. They were truly our friends and members of our 368th family.

  6. Cathy & Michael Katz :

    We were so saddened to learn of Helen’s passing. As frequent customers of her store, we appreciated her welcoming presence and her knowledge of birds. She made it a pleasure to shop there, and we will miss her greatly. Our deepest condolences to her family.

  7. Kathi McConkey :

    My deepest sympathies to all of Helen’s family. I was so blessed to have her friendship. Helen had the most kindest soul. She was beautiful inside and out. In all the years I’ve known her she was always so upbeat and positive and never spoke badly of anyone. I knew the day we met in Cleveland 41 years ago that we would be lifelong friends. I will forever remember her, her love for her family and friends, her love for her rottweilers, and for motorcycle riding. I remember the first concert I ever attended and it was with Helen at the Coliseum “The Eagles” we were so young and carefree. Helen surely is resting now in the arms of the Angels. I love you my most treasured friend. I will forever remember and miss you until we meet again my beautiful friend.

  8. We offer The families and friends out thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
    May God bless her and make her journey peaceful to his side. God Bless Helen.
    John & Christy

  9. My deepest sympathies to Helens husband Steve and her whole family, I met Helen in the bird store and we became friends quickly,. She was always so pleasant and we could stand there and talk and before I knew it and hour had gone by..She will be greatly missed.. we spoke on the phone not long ago, I will miss her very much.,but im glad shes no longer in pain.. my prayers go out to the whole family

  10. I was so saddened to learn of Helen’s passing just yesterday when it was too late to make it to her service. As a frequent customer of her store since 2004, her kindness and passion for birds and nature made a positive impact on my life. I will miss her greatly- she certainly made the world a better place for people as well as for creatures great and small. For this I know she and her family can be proud as it is one of life’s greatest achievements that few people can claim.

    I remember her telling me about the passing of her mother and how she noticed the persistent singing of a wren during the burial. It was a moment of beauty and something special and spiritual that reminded her of her mom for years after any time a wren would sing. It caused me take notice the silence of the birds during my uncle’s funeral around this time last year- and how blue birds fluttered around soon after (as well as at his daughters wedding a year later). Please notice the birds in her honor- I know I will continue to do so.

    My deepest condolences to Steve and her family and friends.

  11. Cherie Rosenberger :

    Steve and Parker, so many thoughts for you today 12-3-2017. I was at DeJohn for their Celebration Ceremony as my Mother passed away back in May this year. I hung Helen’s picture that you posted on the rememberance tree. I am so very sorry for your loss. Helen was one special lady and she will be greatly missed.

  12. Joanette Murch :

    I am stunned to learn Helen passed away…she was very helpful to me every visit I made to her store…so very sorry for your loss…
    I delivered mail for 27 years in Montville,to your brother and father.

  13. The world has lost an incredible human being. Dear Helen, you put up a hell of a fight. Rest in peace with the angels, birds and all creatures great and small that you loved. Love you.

  14. Thoughts and prayers for all of you! I was so sad to hear of Helen’s passing. She was a warm, gentle person with a twinkle in her eye! She always donated a cute little bird house and bird seed to the Chardon School’s Foundation auction – a perennial favorite of that fundraiser. She will be missed but warmly remembered.

  15. Marilyn Peterlin :

    There was no way to go into that store and not become an instant friend to Helen, she was the brightest of souls. I spent countless precious moments talking to her not just about birds and nature but about life. She was such a devoted wife and daughter, she told me of taking her dad on trips, she had a wildlife camera on her property, her husband’s photographs were astounding, I could go on and on. Nobody who ever knew her at all can ever forget her. A light has gone out in our world. Deepest sympathy to family and all of us fortunate enough to have crossed her path.

  16. Rhonda McCummins :

    Steve,
    My heart is so sad to see that Helen has passed away. May she rest in peace. I hope and pray for you to find strength and peace in your daily deeds.
    My deepest sympathy to you and Helens family.

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