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In Memory of

Helen Mae Wuertz

September 30, 1922 - June 11, 2017

Obituary


Helen Wuertz, a longtime resident of the Pensacola, died Sunday June 11, 2017 in Ellenton, Florida with family by her side. She was 94 years young.
Born 1922 in Bellevue, Kentucky she grew up in the depression era. To help her family make ends meet she would sell coffee that her dad had roasted and ground, from the back of his truck going through the local neighborhoods. In her teen years her family move to St Petersburg Florida where she again helped her dad in his small grocery. It was from working with him that...

Helen Wuertz, a longtime resident of the Pensacola, died Sunday June 11, 2017 in Ellenton, Florida with family by her side. She was 94 years young.
Born 1922 in Bellevue, Kentucky she grew up in the depression era. To help her family make ends meet she would sell coffee that her dad had roasted and ground, from the back of his truck going through the local neighborhoods. In her teen years her family move to St Petersburg Florida where she again helped her dad in his small grocery. It was from working with him that she developed her woodworking skills. Helen was an all-star athlete at St Pete High School where she set school records in track and field as well as swimming.
After graduation, she went into nurses training and was about to become an Army nurse when WWII ended. She had uniforms and was ready to go. Coming back in the private sector she became fascinated with the specialty of labor and delivery. Helen was the head nurse for the first birth at the newly built Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. She went on to work with nursing homes in the area.
Helen loved bowling and got to be so good that she was selected to the Florida Bowling Hall of Fame. With her beloved brother, Buddy as her traveling companion she ventured to tournaments all over the country and won many of them. She bowled with a 14-pound ball well into her upper 80's. She's a local legend.
Her wood working skills would shock and impress us all. From scraps of wood she designed and built Christmas themed rocking horses that kids just loved. She loved to see the smiles of those who received them. Helen could make about anything including furniture! She had a shop full of industrial grade tools. Everyone was amazed with her creations. She continued to make things right up until the Lord called her home.
On her 90th birthday while on one of her annual trips to see her friends in Oregon, she piloted an airplane through the Columbia river gorge. There was nothing Helen wouldn't do. It was her appreciation of all the wonders of life that inspired everyone who knew our Helen.
She loved her family, friends and we can't forget her dogs Lucy and Ginger. Those who knew her, knew her kind heart. She will be greatly missed yet her memory will continue to warm all our hearts.
Helen is survived by her nieces, Sandra Herrin, Peggy Price and Carol Ludrum. Four great nieces and nephews, Douglas and Jane Herrin and Jamie and Tanya Mayton. A great, great nephew and niece, Douglas Jr and Dana Herrin. And many, many loving friends, furry or not.
Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.