Helen (Vandewalle) Mester

Born: Wed., Oct. 19, 1955
Died: Sat., Mar. 31, 2018


1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Sat., Apr. 07, 2018
Location: St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church

Memorial Service

2:30 PM Sat., Apr. 07, 2018
Location: St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church

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Helen C. Mester

Oct. 19, 1955 - Mar. 31, 2018

SOUTH BEND - Helen Vandewalle Mester is at peace. She died on Saturday, March 31, 2018. While Helen's life was cut short by Multiple Sclerosis, she lived her life with zest and curiosity, and left behind an incredible legacy of love. She is survived by her husband, Gary, and their two children, Geoff and Clare.

Helen was born on October 19, 1955, the fifth child of Julian and Evelyn Vandewalle. Helen is further survived by her mother and 11 siblings: Larry, Mark, PJ, Mary, Patty, John, Julie, Joe, Mike, Ann, and Susan.

Helen graduated from St. Joseph's High School, IUSB, and received her MBA from the University of Notre Dame. She was a network administrator for a national corporation for over 20 years.

Helen loved to travel and enjoyed many adventures with family and friends to places near and far. She especially enjoyed nature and in recent years spent many hours soaking in the tranquility of her sprawling backyard, a sanctuary of trees, flowers, and wildlife.

All of her years, Helen enjoyed a good party. She made friends easily and her nearest and dearest supported her right up to her final hours.

To the many caregivers in Helen's life, thank you. Words cannot begin to acknowledge how much Helen's family appreciated your compassion and tender loving care.

A celebration of Helen's life will be held at Little Flower Parish on Saturday, April 7. Visitation will be from 1:30-2:30 and a Memorial Service will follow the visitation. Guests are encouraged to wear purple, Helen's favorite color.

Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave email condolences at www.welsheimer.com. 

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Joseph K. Goepfrich
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
Condolences on the loss of Helen to Gary and family from a former Cross Creek neighbor and one of her high school classmates.

Joe Roman.
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
I'm So Sorry She Passed Away. She was and still is a great person and will always be with us in spirit. She's in Heaven now and with the Lord and in a great and peaceful place....

Melissa Murawski
   Posted Thu April 05, 2018
Our prayers to the Mester family. I knew Helen through the Christ Renews His Parish Retreat several years ago at St Joseph Church South Bend. She was a true blessing and an amazing person who I know will be greatly missed. My prayers are with the family at this time of loss.

Randy Whiteman
   Posted Fri April 06, 2018
Gary, She fought a great fight. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Daphne Rudhma-Litton
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
May God wrap His loving arms around you and bring His comfort to your family during this most difficult time.

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