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Life Story / Obituary
A loving mother with a passion for her grandchildren, Helen L. Mausehund Roof was a very special lady. She was a hard worker with a deep love for her family. Her years of dedicated work afforded her both a happy place in life, and a family that loved her dearly.
With the Great Depression hanging over the country, the year 1934 was a time of difficulty for all Americans, whether you lived in the city or in the country. The unemployment rate pushed toward new heights, affecting one in four people, and those who did have jobs were often underpaid and overworked. It was a challenging time, but Floyd Strean and his wife, Bonnie, maintained their positive spirits by focusing on a new blessing in their lives, the birth of their daughter, Helen, on September 27, 1934, in Woodland, Illinois, a small town south of Chicago. Helen led a typical childhood of the time in the company of her three brothers, Roger, James and Robert, and one sister, Mary. She received her education in the Watseka area schools and graduated from Watseka High in 1952.
Helen was the loving and attentive mother of six wonderful children: Billy Jr., Beverly, Franklin, Sharon Kay, Kenneth and Ralph. Family was always the center of Helen’s life, and the births of her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her a world of happiness. She deeply loved all of her family, and her face always beamed with a smile when she was in their company.
Besides being a devoted mother and grandmother, Helen worked for many years at Bennetts in Peotone, Illinois. Before that, she spent time as a cook and waitress at Miami Gardens and Valentines, also in Peotone. Helen had a generous spirit and loved to give of her time and talents. She enjoyed cooking for her family, and made many great feasts for them over the years. In her quieter moments, she kept her hands busy crocheting something special for one of her loved ones.
A loving mother, grandmother and friend, Helen will be greatly missed and frequently remembered.
Helen Leonora Mausehund Roof, age 77, of Kankakee, IL passed away on Monday, October 10, 2011. She is survived by her children: Billy (Sandra) Roof, Jr. of Kankakee, IL, Beverly Jean (Doug) Frye of Doniphan, MO, Franklin D. (Diane) Mausehund of Joliet, IL, Sharon Kay (Robert) King of Doniphan, MO, Kenneth Ray Mausehund of Bourbonnais, IL, and Ralph Charles (Ruth Ann) Mausehund of Loves Park, IL; a brother, Roger (Sandy) Strean of FL; a sister, Mary Short of Watseka, IL; a sister-in-law, Frances Strean of Iroquois, IL; 17 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, her parents, grandchildren, Teamie and P.J. Mausehund, and two brothers, James and Robert Strean.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 11, from 4-8 p.m. at Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel and on Wednesday, October 12, from 10-11 a.m. at Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes, Kankakee, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley. Please visit Helen’s personal memory page at www.lifestorynet.com, where you may share a memory with her family and sign her online guest book.