Helen T. Grummel, 89, of Perrysburg and formerly of Oak Harbor and Catawba Island, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee.
She was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Sycamore, a daughter of the late George and Mary (Armstrong) Kappauf. Helen taught English and Spanish for 10 years at Oak Harbor High School and 15 years at Mohawk High School, Sycamore. She also directed numerous plays at both schools.
She never lost her love for teaching and directing even after retiring in 1977. After she moved to Waterford at Levis Commons in 2010, residents there enjoyed the benefit of her passion. She directed two Christmas programs, conducted Sunday morning worship services, was an active member of a Bible study group and the Book Club at Waterford. Residents say she was a good teacher and friend whom they will miss very much.
Helen also played the piano for weekly church services conducted by various denominations at Waterford, enjoyed playing cards each week and all social activities as well. An active member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Oak Harbor, she wrote and directed numerous programs, as well as the play which was a history of the first 100 years of St. Paul United Church of Christ. She was also a member of the Abend Guild of the Church, and the Retired Teachers' Association. Helen authored a book "What If" and many short stories including one for each of her great-grandchildren.
Helen married Paul H. Grummel July 29, 1945. Helen and Paul operated Stewart's Root Beer stand in North Canton for 10 years. In 1960, they opened Gem Trailer Court on Catawba Island and, in 1977, they purchased Gem Beach Marina, which they operated with their son, Jack, and his wife, Ginger until their retirement. Paul preceded her in death Aug. 22, 2007.
Helen's greatest joy has been her three children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren, all of whom survive: son, Jack (Ginger) Grummel of Catawba Island; two daughters, Paula (Myron Welch) Norwine of Perrysburg and Ann (Dennis) Kersten of Oak Harbor; nine grandchildren, Michael (Lisa) Mesnard, Stephanie Mesnard, Mary Ellen Norwine, Brian (Jodi) Kersten, Brad (Sara) Kersten, Kevin (Molly) Kersten, Ann Marie Kersten, Megan (Steve) Lovitt and Erin Grummel (Morgan Haley); and 16 great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to call 2-6 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, at Crosser Funeral Home, Oak Harbor.
Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Oak Harbor, with the Rev. David A. Voll officiating. A luncheon will be in the social room of the church following the service.
Private interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Sycamore.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ Capital Improvement Fund.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.crosserfuneralhome.com.