Obituary of Helen Irene Gudeman
Helen Irene [Klopfenstein] Gudeman, 88, of Monticello, IN (formerly of Medaryville, IN) went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 24, 2021. She passed away at home surrounded by her family. Helen was born on October 16, 1932 in Mishawaka, IN to the late Gary and Clara [Laidig] Klopfenstein, Sr. She graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1950. On March 30, 1952, Helen married the love her life, Dean A. Gudeman, in Bremen, IN. She went from being a city girl to marrying a farmer and enjoying country life. Helen was a homemaker, establishing with her husband, a loving home with four children. They were married 67 years before Dean passed away on January 20, 2020.
Helen loved her Lord and Savior. She faithfully attended church with her family. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Francesville, IN and was currently attending Zion Bethel Church in Monticello.
Helen was a talented artist with an amazing passion for drawing, painting, and calligraphy. For many years, she was a professional cake decorator. Helen enjoyed keeping active with aquasize and being involved with home-ec clubs through the years.
Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.
She is survived by:
Susan (Jeff) Braun, Monticello, IN Daughter
Gary (Doreen) Gudeman, Medaryville, IN Son
Andrea (Casey) McVicker, Granddaughter
Nathan (Amy) Braun, Grandson
Alyssa (Dan) Kreitl, Granddaughter
Lindsey (Joshua) Jay, Granddaughter
Jared (Loren) Gudeman, Grandson
Lauren (Evan) Haupert, Granddaughter
Philip Gudeman, Grandson
Jonathan Gudeman, Grandson
Ben (Laura) Stelly, Grandson
Marissa (Cameron) Smith, Granddaughter
Sidney Stelly, Granddaughter
19 Great Grandchildren
Mary Wright Schlatter, Toledo, OH Sister
Kathleen Skeeters, Mishawaka, IN Sister
Judy Klopfenstein, Elgin, IL Sister-in-law
Judy Gudeman, Monticello, IN Sister-in-law
Kathleen Schrock, Tyler, TX Sister-in-law
Jean Gudeman, Tucson, AZ Sister-in-law
Many Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in death by:
Gary and Clara [Laidig] Klopfenstein, Sr., Parents
Dean A. Gudeman, Husband
Steven R. Gudeman, Son
Karen I. Gudeman, Daughter
Robert (Marie) Klopfenstein, Brother
Gary (Rose Marie) Klopfenstein, Jr., Brother
Eugene (Alice) Klopfenstein, Brother
Richard Klopfenstein, Brother
Elouise (Fred) Flagle, Sister
Jo Ann (Bob) Conrad, Sister
Frank Wright, Brother-in-law
Herman Schlatter, Brother-in-law
Jack Skeeters, Brother-in-law
Bill Schrock, Brother-in-law
Stanley Gudeman, Brother-in-law
Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EDT Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN with Pastors Dennis Gutwein and Nathan Braun officiating.
Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Gideon’s International or Baptist Children’s Home.
Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville.
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