Today, June 3rd, 2017, the Monarch butterfly appeared along with one single red rose symbolic of our precious Mother’s favorite things as God called her home. Every prayer has been answered.
Words are meaningless when it comes to writing about our Mom, Helen. Her life example, just eight week’s shy of 100 years, touched many lives and her imprint on hearts is endless.
Her life was simple, not complicated allowing her generous spirit to flow with streams of life. The warmth of the sun, a gentle breeze, a cloud formation and the soft floral scents in the air brought her joy.
She was an avid reader, a brilliant homemaker, a seamstress, a lighthouse to protect her family and a friend to those in need. Now that her life on earth has come to a close, we will still find her in the whisper of the leaves as we walk down the street, the aroma of a fresh cup of coffee, and the fragrance of life itself. She will forever be the cool hand on our brow when we aren’t feeling well, our breath in the air on a cold winters day and the sound of the rain that allows us to sleep.
She is the map we will follow with every step we take; she is our first and forever home on earth. Her legacy will remain for many years to come. In the words of Edwin McKain……..
“These are the moments I thank God I’m alive,
And these are the moments, I’ll remember all my life.
I’ve got all I’ve waited for and I could not ask for more.”
Mom was born, August 8, 1917 in Moreno, Colorado to Elizabeth Catherine Schissler, Mother, and Henry Lesser, Father, both whom were born in Russia. Her Grandparents, Samuel Lesser, born January 28, 1836 and died on January 13, 1924 and “thus aged 87 years, 11 months, 16 days” was also born in Russia. His wife, Mom’s grandmother, died in Russia 43 years prior.
She married John Floth on September 15, 1937. Together they had four children, Jon Jr., Judy, Jeanette, and Jayne. John Sr. preceded her in death in 1981 along with her only son, Jon Jr. who also died in 1981. She tirelessly sacrificed her own needs for those of her family cherishing her strong German faith and roots, along with the courage that only God can allow to see her through.
In January of 1985 she married George Heimbegner, who died on April 3, 2003. They enjoyed a wonderful friendship together spending many hours walking, being with friends and family, and traveling.
The family would like to extend their special thanks to Helen's caregivers, Pam, Rebecca and Janie.
Helen is survived by her daughters, Judy Simmons (Rob), Jeanette Roe (Bob) all of California and Jayne Shields (John) of Eaton, CO; grandchildren, Jesse, J.D., Josh, Chelsea, Bonnie and John; great grandchildren, Dominic, Greta, Conner, Luke, Mallory and Jordan; brother, Samuel Lesser and a loving extended family. She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Floth and George Heimbegner; son, Jon Floth, Jr.; five brothers and three sisters.
Services to celebrate Helen's life will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Greeley with visitation at 2:00 p.m. followed by her funeral service at 3:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in Helen's name to "High Plains Library District" in care of Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 47th Avenue Greeley 80634. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.AdamsonCares.com .