Helen Mae Kasper, 84, of Bentonville, Ark., passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, as the result of a vehicular accident, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo.
Helen was born on Dec. 24, 1928, two miles South of Elyria, a daughter of the late Lena L. (Stucky) and Gideon J. Krehbiel.
Helen attended Elyria country school and attended and graduated from McPherson High School, McPherson.
She was a member of First Mennonite Church McPherson.
Helen was a telephone operator at Southwestern Bell for 37 years and five months. She later worked at the Friendship House Cafeteria and was currently working as a reflexologist.
She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, and past secretary for the Kansas Chapter of American Massage Therapy Association.
She enjoyed flowers, health and reflexology.
Helen Mae Krehbiel was united in marriage to Robert C. Kasper on Dec. 20, 1958, at the Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge. He died on June 10, 1984.
She is survived by a sister, Mary Kennamon, of Siloam Springs, Ark.; a sister-in-law, Helen Krehbiel Kaufman, of McPherson; five nieces and nephews: Gene Krehbiel, Vickie Williams, Terry Turner, Ted Turner, and Toni Budd; 10 great- nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; sisters, Ethel Krehbiel, Rose Krehbiel, and Vera French; a brother, Arnold Krehbiel; and a nephew, Mike Stuhr.
At the family’s request, there will be no visitation
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the First Mennonite Church, McPherson, with Pastor Kathy Neufeld Dunn officiating.
The final resting place will be in McPherson Cemetery, McPherson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Mennonite Church, McPherson, and may be sent to Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, KS 67460