Helen C. Durst

Helen C. Durst, 86, of Burgoon, passed away at her home, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

She was born Aug. 21, 1933, in Tiffin, to Clarence and Mary (Zirger) Gillig. She married Vernon H. Durst Aug. 22, 1953, at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, and he preceded her in death March 25, 2017.

Helen is survived by four children, Dayna of Fostoria, Daniel of Fostoria, Duane of Kansas, and Doyle of Bettsville; sister, Jo Ann (Roger) Doe of Fostoria; two brothers, Tom Gillig of Fostoria and Michael (Margaret “Peggy”) Gillig of Powell; eight grandchildren, Breanna, Amber, Trista, Tyler, Paige, Dual, Joshua, and Tanya; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mary; two sons, Douglas and Delbert; and a sister, Marilyn Jean Gillig.

Helen was a 1952 St. Wendelin High School graduate and a member of Kansas St. James Church, as well as a former member of St. Mary’s Millersville, where she was a member of its Rosary Altar Society. She was a lifetime member of Eagles and Moose Lodges.

Helen was co-owner of D & D Hauling, LLC. She retired from Autolite/Allied Signal (formerly Honeywell) in 1989, having served 36 years. In her leisure, she loved being with her dog, Patches and enjoyed playing BINGO, solitaire, and Euchre every week. She was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan and Cleveland Browns fan.

She was a faith-filled, forgiving woman.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Mann-Hare Hoening Funeral Home, 407 N. Countyline St., Fostoria, where a wake service will begin at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at Kansas St. James Church, 6482 Co. Road 25, Fostoria, located nine miles west of Kansas, with Fr. Greg Bishop and Fr. Randy LaFond concelebrating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, east of Millersville.

Memorial contributions may be considered to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, EWTN Radio or television or to American Cancer Society, Fremont chapter.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.hoeningfuneralhome.com.