Helen (Fuerch) Meade, 88 passed Friday, January 4th at her home in Abilene surrounded by her family. She was born December 29th, 1924 in Ellis, Kansas the daughter of Joseph and Rosa (Schuster) Fuerch and sister to eight siblings.
Helen attended St. Mary's Parochial School and Ellis High School, graduating in 1943. After high school she worked at Walker Air Base near Walker, Kansas and later as a secretary at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. After the war she returned to Hays to attend Fort Hays State. While at college she met Abilene native John C. "Jack " Meade. They were married in Ellis on November 25, 1947 and made their home in Abilene. Helen lived in Abilene over 60 years raising five children. Jack preceded her in death on January 4, 1989 as well as one sister and four brothers. Helen was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Parish and the Altar Society. Helen enjoyed reading, golf, laughing and playing bridge with lifelong friends. Her back door was always open with a cup of coffee waiting. She brought many smiles to her family and friends with her quick wit and story-telling.
Survivors include son Mike Meade, Abilene; four daughters, Rosemary (Geoff) McPartlin, Overland Park, KS; Christine Meade, Hood River, Oregon; Kathryn (Brett) Reber, McPherson, KS; Jane (Pete) Fiene, Overland Park, KS and grandchildren Molly and Kevin McPartlin, Sierra and Nicolas Dancer, John, Callie, Joe and Luke Reber and Joe and Jack Fiene. Two sisters, Billie Heisler and Rosemarie Mattson, brother, Robert Fuerch and sister-in-law, Nancy Meade.
The family has chosen cremation. A Rosary will be recited 10:00 A.M. Monday, January 7th, with a Mass of Christian Burial following at the St. Andrews Catholic Church with Fr. Henry Baxa officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery north of Abilene. The family suggests memorial contributions in her name be made to the St. Andrews Catholic School. They may be left at the church the day of the service or left at or sent in care of the Danner Funeral Home POB 758 Abilene, Kansas 67410.