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Mary Katherine Helwig

Mary Katherine Helwig

Dec 8th, 1938 - Jul 17th, 2020
  • Birth Date: Dec 8th, 1938
  • Death Date: Jul 17th, 2020
  • Funeral Date: Jul 22nd, 2020
  • Location: St. Bartholomew's Cemetery, Hanover
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Biography: Mary Katherine Helwig, 81, of Westminster, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Longview Nursing Home of Manchester following a series a medical complications.  She was the loving wife of 62 years to William Earl Helwig of Westminster.  Born December 8, 1938 in Adams County, Mary was the daughter of the late David & Annabelle (Stambaugh) Reaver.  She was a high school graduate and was retired from Random House, Inc. of Westminster in 1998 after 30 years of service.  Prior to had been employed with Gettysburg Shoe Factory and Windsor Shoe Co. of Littlestown.

Mary and William continued to live in the home that they built in 1964 where she enjoyed keeping up with the flower and vegetable gardens, as well as caring for her violets.  It was not uncommon to see Mary at the carnivals all summer and at other fire company and community fundraisers.  Mary's pride and joy, though, was her family.  Mary was William's co-pilot.  They did everything together.  She always carried the latest photos of her son, granddaughter and great grandchildren and would always share the latest life events with anyone who asked.

In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by her son, Malcolm and wife, Lucy of Westminster; her granddaughter, Katherine Berry and husband, Matthew; her great grandchildren:  Liam, Madelyn and Charlotte and her two nephews.  Mary was predeceased by her twin sister, Florence Oneida Plank.  She was a member of St. Bartholomew's United Church, Hanover.  She also enjoyed Sudoku.

Graveside Service is Wednesday, July 22, at 11 A.M. at St. Bartholomew's Cemetery, Hanover with Rev. Stephen E. Thomas officiating.  Memorials in Mary's name may be  made to her church @ 1204 Grand Valley Rd., Hanover, PA 17331 or Pleasant Hill Fire Co. - 3003 Baltimore Pike, Hanover PA  17331 or Manchester Fire Co. - 3209 Main St., Manchester, MD 21102.   Online condolences may be shared on

Rose M Whited Brumgard
Jul 20th, 2020 7:54 pm
So sorry to hear of another classmate's passing. What I remember most about Mary besides being a classmate was the fact that we bowled together in Littlestown many years ago.
Gamber & Community Fire Company
Jul 20th, 2020 6:26 pm
Though we are apart you are still in our thoughts. May this expression of Condolences help ease your pain.
John Woodley & Family
Jul 20th, 2020 2:01 pm
Positive prayers and condolences for you and your family. Sorry for your family's loss. May your grandmother rest on high and be that strength to pull your family over the hump in tough moments and make them smile forever with great memories.
Paula Troxell
Jul 19th, 2020 11:27 pm
Bill, Malcolm and Katie,
Thinking of you at the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. Mary was a very nice person and I know all of you will miss her. Take comfort that she is no longer suffering and will always be with you in memory and in your hearts. Paula Troxell
David Hoff
Jul 19th, 2020 12:59 pm
Our deepest condolences on your loss. Mary was a wonderful, wife, mother, granddaughter and neighbor. She will be sorely missed.
Shirley Smith
Jul 18th, 2020 8:37 pm
Bill, Katie, and family, So very sorry to read of Mary's passing. She was my group leader when I started work at Random House....always combined fun with work. It was always good to see Mary and Bill at different functions over the years.. My deepest sympathy to all of the family...Rest in peace, my friend. Shirley

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