Condolence From: Angela Kuhn, Westerville, OH
Condolence: I am so sorry for your loss, Dale. Sweet Helen was so dear to me. May God bring you peace and comfort.
Condolence From: Greg and Claire Sampson, Delaware, OH
Condolence: Dale and family,
We offer our sincere sorrow at the passing of Helen. She is now with David and in the hands of God.
Condolence From: LilliAnna Chambers, Westerville, Ohio
Condolence: Hi, Helen. It’s me, Lilli. I wanted to write you a letter to tell you how much I love you and how much you have meant to me. Since before I can even remember, you have been a part of my life and I want you to know that you will continue to always be a part of my life. I have so many memories and fun times with you and you taught me so many things too. You probably taught me things that I don’t even know that you taught me yet.
Mom has told me about all the times I came over to your house when I was a baby and how you would hold me and give me my bottles and spoil me. I know that I learned how to roll over and crawl at your house and that thrilled you and Mr. Dale. Mom tells me that I used to fall asleep in your arms and that you loved snuggling with me. From that very early age, you showered me with love and in return, I developed a deep love for you too.
I remember being at your house once and Mr. Dale would always let me do whatever I wanted to. So that day, I really wanted to go outside and play and it was muddy. Mom had me in a cute outfit. You came outside and found me playing in the mud and you said to Mr. Dale, “I thought you were watching her!” Mr. Dale said,” Well I am watching her. I’m watching her have fun and get muddy!” This was really funny to me because you shook your head at him and took me directly into the bath and got me all cleaned up. You took my clothes and washed them and you were probably exhausted after the whole ordeal but my mom never knew any of this because when she came to get me, you had me happy and smelling good and all cleaned up. We shared lots of fun secrets like this and even now they make me smile.
Another thing that I think about often is baking cookies with you. Boy, Helen, you made the best cookies. Mom wouldn’t let me cook or bake at home too much because I made a mess but I always knew when I was with you, I was in for a treat when we baked. You even let me eat lots more cookies than my mom would have but shhhhh that’s another one of our fun secrets. Speaking of the kitchen, I learned how to make eggs all by myself at your house and I still make them for Mr. Dale today. I loved getting to crack those eggs and flip them over and you never said anything about any mess I made.
Remember the ABCD Goldfish park? You and Mr. Dale used to take me there. I loved going there and from what I’ve been told, you loved watching me play there. One time, I wanted to drive my electric jeep down there and you didn’t think that was a good idea but Mr. Dale always let me do what I wanted so you gave in. Well, turns out you were right! Surpise, surprise! My jeep ran out of battery and Mr. Dale had to push it all the way back home and that was no easy job. Another day, I snuck into the garage and into the house and you saw me, I put my fingers to my lips and said shhhhh so you pretended not to see me. Then I jumped up and scared Mr. Dale! I laughed and laughed about that. I don’t know who laughed harder you or me. It was just another one of our fun secrets.
I made sure that you have your beanie baby with you today. We used to play with those for hours and make them talk back and forth and you would sit and pretend with me. There are so many memories I have with you that I can’t even begin to recount them all in this short letter.
The most important thing that I want everyone here to know is what a wonderful person you are. I think everyone here already knows that but you have impacted my life in so many ways. You taught me to enjoy the simple things, like sitting on your lap and being quiet while you rubbed me and sitting on the porch and playing with the fountain.
You may not know this but you also taught me how to continue on even when things don’t go your way. Things weren’t easy these last couple years and I watched my sweet Helen have some troubles with different health problems. Even at times when I came down and you weren’t feeling well, you would always have a smile for me and a long hug. As I got older, you always made time to listen to me when something was wrong. There were several times when things weren’t going quite right for me and I was upset and you would listen to me and comfort me.
Everyone tells me that I am so empathetic with others and I want you to know you are one of the reasons that I am that way today. You taught me how to show others that I care. I know I have to end this letter but that doesn’t mean that I will ever stop thinking about you and keeping your memory alive.
I already miss you but I know that you are in heaven now and I know how much you missed your David and I can smile through my tears knowing that you don’t have any more pain and that you are with him again. I can only imagine the great big smile and the laughs you are sharing with him now.
I promise to take care of Mr. Dale and make sure he drinks enough water and eats his meals. We will talk about you and remember our fun times until we can all be together again. I love you Helen
PS Mr. Dale and I are going to plant your flowers every year and we are going to fertilize them really good and we will bring them here for you to enjoy too!
Condolence From: Dan Grassbaugh, Columbus, Ohio
Condolence: So sorry for your loss, we send our prayers.
Condolence From: KimberLee Kinney, Columbus, Ohio
Condolence: Dear Dale - please know that you have my sincere condolences on the passing of your dear wife, Helen. Although I did not know her well, I know that she was so very special to you and that you were a faithful and devoted husband to her. Despite her maladies, you brought a smile to her face when you visited! I am certain that wonderful memories of your life together sustained her until the end. God bless you and your memories through this time of transition. - KimberLee
Condolence From: Lisa Burkhart, Columbus, OH
Condolence: We are so very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Fronk was such a joy to take care of and be around. She will be greatly missed. So will Mr. Fronk for that matter. The love we saw shared between the two of them was inspirational. Thank you for allowing her to become a part of the Friendship Village Family.
Condolence From: Cheryl DeFrancisco, Columbus, Ohio
Condolence: Dale and family,
we were so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. I believe I have never seen true love between two people as I did with you and Helen. Helen was such a warm and loving person and now her soul is free. Alyscia and Katlin also send you hugs and prayers. God Bless you.
Love Cheryl Defrancisco and family.
Condolence From: Ken & Drucie Fallon, Columbus, OH
We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Helen. She will surely be pissed by all. Fred, Drucie and I just got together today to share our many memories of Eagle and of course, Orton Ceramics. Our thoughts will be with you.
Fondly, Ken & Drucie
Condolence From: Phyllis Wahl, Strongsville, Ohio
Condolence: Dear Uncle Dale, I was so sorry to hear Aunt Hellen died. She was such a lovely person. Try to remember all the good times you had together.
You have a wonderful extended family. Lean on them for support during this difficult time.
Also, thank you for coming to Jerry’s funeral last November. Sorry we did not get to speak.
Fondly, Phyllis Wahl, Bill and Shari’s mom.