Helen E. Shenk

11/13/1934 - 01/15/2024


Obituary For Helen E. Shenk

Helen E. Shenk, 89, passed away at 11:02 am, January 15, 2024 at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center.

She was born November 13, 1934 in Elida to D. E. and Ada (Shenk) Kirkendall who preceded her in death. She was previously married to Gerald F. Sellers who preceded her in death. On June 25, 1995 she married Lester E. Shenk who preceded her in death on February 13, 2018.

Helen retired as the head cook for Elida Schools with 24 years of service. She was a member of Lima Baptist Temple and the church choir. She enjoyed cooking, her family devouring her fabulous cookies, gardening and especially spending time with her family.

Survivors include: 2 Sons, Howard (Paula) Sellers of Lima, Mark (Faith) Sellers of Delray Beach, FL; a Step-son, Robert (Debra) Shenk of Wapakoneta; 2 Step-daughters, Darlene McElroy and Debra (Brett) Kiser both of Wapakoneta; 20 Grandchildren; 38 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Brothers, John (Pat) Kirkendall of Elida, Wilmer (Glenna) Kirkendall of Elida; a Sister, Ruth Evans of Elida.

She was preceded in death by: a Daughter and Son-in-law, Debra (Ron) Siefker; a Step-daughter and Step-son-in-law, Jennifer (John) Hixenbaugh; a Grandson, Jamie Siefker; 2 Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Robert (Elsie) Kirkendall and Darrell (Esther) Kirkendall, 2 Brothers, Gerald Kirkendall and Richard Kirkendall; a Brother-in-law, Darl Evans.

Visitation will be from Noon until time of services at 1:30 pm Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Lima Baptist Temple with Pastor Gary Hohman and Pastor Jerod Kiser officiating. Burial will follow in Salem Mennonite Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima Convalescent Home and Lockhaven for their excellent compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lima Baptist Temple.

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  • 01/21/2024

    Thinking of you Howard, Mark, Bob, Darlene, and other family members in this time of loss. I remember Helen as a gentle person, with a wonderful smile and laugh! Helen and her family were neighbors when I was growing up. And then I knew her as part of the Shenk family after marrying Lester. With love and prayers, Keaton

  • 01/17/2024

    Helen was a wonderful woman and good friend. We spent many hours together in choir and also in the kitchen at Lima Community Church. She always had a twinkle in her eye and she and Lester were great role models.

  • 01/17/2024

    Dear Mark Faith & Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mom. We will be forever grateful to God to have known such an amazing woman. She will be missed by us and so many others. Heaven is surely celebrating her life! She helped out and loved on sooo many people. Love and prayers for you and all xoxo

  • 01/17/2024

    I will always love you Aunt Helen. You were a great example of a Christian woman!!! Debbie pena

  • 01/16/2024

    Our most sincere condolences to the family.

  • 01/16/2024

    Helen was a dear friend of mine. Many fun memories. Winter in Fla. With she and Lester were so special. Sharon Whetstone

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