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Helen Kumelos

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 21st, 2013

Aug. 8, 1926-Aug. 14, 2013

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – Helen Kumelos, 87, of Scottsbluff, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 at Heritage Estates in Gering, Neb. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff with Rev. Matt Fowler officiating.

Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Visitation was held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the American Heart Association or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jolliffefuneralhome.com.

Helen was born Aug. 8, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wis. to David and Margaret (Bostron) Ernst. She was one of 10 children and grew up in Torrington, graduating from Torrington High School in 1944.

Helen married Dennis Kumelos on Aug. 12, 1944, in San Luis Obispo, Calif., while he was in the military. To this union, four beautiful daughters, Connie, Linda, Ginger and Denise, were born.

The couple lived in Torrington for a short while, and then moved to Scottsbluff in 1957. Helen lived there for many years after Dennis’ passing. After ill health took over, she moved into the Village in December of 2011 and then to the Heritage in 2012. Helen always remarked about the “angels” that took good care of her at the Heritage.

Helen worked at Methodist Hospital for five years as a nurse’s aide. She later worked as the manager of Woolworth’s Restaurant in Scottsbluff for 20 years.

Helen’s hobbies included baking, sewing, gardening and canning. She especially enjoyed her flowers and caring for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters, Ginger (Patrick) McMeekin of Scottsbluff and Denise (Tim Ellis) Heilbrun-Ellis of Torrington; brother, Floyd (Margaret) Ernst of Cheyenne; sister, Dorothy Greenwald of Torrington; grandchildren, Denny Hodge, Nikki Rodeman, Dennis (Kristin Jacobson) McMeekin, Melissa (Richard) Fiese, Daniel (Brittney Hurd) Heilbrun and Dena (Michael) Douchant; great grandchildren, Ryan Rodeman, Shelby Heilbrun, Madison Heilbrun, Zander Fiese, Payton Heilbrun, Kegan Fiese, Wyatt Heilbrun, Kamrynn Douchant, Christian Jacobson and Haden Jacobson; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Preceding Helen in death were her parents; husband, Dennis in 2003; daughters, Constance Plett and Linda Klug; grandson, Dana Hodge; brothers, Harold and Roy; sisters, Rachel, Esther, Lillian, Elnora and Florence.

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