Helga G. Koehler, 78

Helga Gertrud Koehler, nee Fiala, of Slinger, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at the age of 78 years. Our large trumpet lilies seemed to be drooping more than usual this morning; true, it was only 37 degrees temperature and cars parked outside overnight needed window-scraping to remove the frost buildup. But the drooping was more a sign of sadness as the life of my wife, Helga was ebbing towards its close. There was nothing further that could be done to restore the health of the beautiful woman, who became my wife over 54 years earlier. That ceremony took place on Friday, Feb. 13, 1959, in Berlin. That day proved to be very “lucky” for husband, Manfred!

Now, Manfred, son Eric and three daughters, Christine, Susan and Cynthia were at Helga`s hospital bedside as she breathed her last. Tears were shed at our loss, but we all remembered the joys Helga brought to our home and her love and compassion as a wife and mother.

Helga’s last six months saw her battling diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure and various other ailments that sapped her strength and vitality. She met these challenges as a “trooper”; yet her body was just not able to withstand the numerous assaults. All who knew her, loved Helga. Our lives together were happy and joyous times. For everyone, however, there comes a time to weep. So it is for us today.

Helga, you will always be with us and we will always be with you.

Mourned by husband, Manfred, son, Eric and partner Steve Lopez, daughters, the Christine and David Landt family, the Susan and Arthur Off family, and the Cynthia and Noel Montano family.

Helga was born on March 22, 1935, in Lobositz, Czechoslovakia.

She died on Oct. 20, 2013, at the Hartford Hospital.

A private service was held for family members. The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the family. www.berndt-ledesma.com.