Effingham Daily News
Helen Frances Newsome, 97, of Shumway, passed away at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Effingham.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 11, at Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham, with visitation being held for one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Online condolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.
Helen was born on July 15, 1915, in Chicago, the daughter of Frank and Angela (Dobryn) Slecka. She married John O. Newsome on Nov. 21, 1936, in Chicago, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 1979. Helen was a licensed beautician, an avid pinochle player and loved to fish. She also enjoyed crocheting, cooking and telling stories.
Helen is survived by her sons, John R. (Helene) of Shumway and Terrence (Beverly) of Chicago; grandchildren, Jeanne (Tim) Wendt of Effingham, Julie (Brian) Burke of Naperville, John A. (Angie) of Effingham, Terry (Carrie) of Burr Ridge, James (Eillen) of Burr Ridge, Tom (Sandy) of Hendersonville, Nev., Tim (Pam) of Little Elm, Texas, Norman Jr. of Austin, Joseph of Chicago and Emilie of Alton; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; two brothers; five sisters; son, Norman; and grandson, Patrick Newsome. Helen will be sadly missed.