Helen Milda Hundsdorfer, 80, of Highland, died at 8:06 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in her residence.
She was born on April 2, 1934, in Highland, the daughter of the late Robert O. Bargetzi and Milda (Reinacher) Bargetzi.
She married Donald Leo Hundsdorfer on Aug. 7, 1954, in Highland. He survives.
Helen was a homemaker. She was born in Highland. She grew up in Highland and graduated from Highland High School in 1952. Helen worked at Alton Box Company in Highland as a receptionist for four years, reared her family and when her youngest started school, she started working part time at Hug’s Men and Boys Wear in Highland. She worked there for 12 years as her children went through school. Helen then worked at Jake’s manufacturing for several years as a bookkeeper and was an office manager for Journal Newspapers of Southern Illinois, Belleville, for 10 years.
Helen also worked at Basler Electric in Highland for a year before retiring in 1993. She was very athletic and enjoyed golf. Helen was well-known for her softball and bowling skills. She enjoyed sewing and quilting. Helen and her husband enjoyed motorcycle riding for many years, but had not ridden with him since the early 1990s. From 2005 to 2008, she went on road trips to Wisconsin, Georgia and Arkansas on the motorcycle. Helen enjoyed working in her flower garden every year and her constant companying was her dog, Bismarck.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Steven D. Hundsdorfer and his significant other, Tina Bradley of Plainfield, Ind., and Wayne A. and Kathy Hundsdorfer of Indialantic, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Kay E. and Rex Whitecotton of Highland; grandchildren, Donald E. “D.C.” Clark of Dittmer, Mo., Ashley C. Hundsdorfer of Charlotte, N.C., Kaytlin E. Reedy-Rogier and Dr. Benjamin Rogier of St. Louis, Kelly E. Hundsdorfer of Kansas City, Mo., Alexa N. Hundsdorfer of San Francisco, Kyle M. Hundsdorfer of Lexington, Ky.; great-grandchildren, Donald L. Clark of Dittmer, Mo., and Ella R. Clark of Dittmer, Mo.; sister, Ellen C. Gelly (twin sister) of Highland and sister-in-law, Gladys L. Bargetzi of Highland.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Raymond R. Bargetzi; and brother-in-law, Leonard C. “Bud” Gelly.
Services will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral home in Highland.
Morning visitation is 9 until 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland with Associate Pastor Rev. Will VerDuin officiating.
Expressions of sympathy can be made online by visiting www.spengel-boulanger.com.
Memorials can be made to Evangelical United Church of Christ or Hospice of Southern Illinois.