MESA, Ariz. - Helene Rae Franklin, formerly of Freehold Township, N.J., and Hubbard, departed this life peacefully June 6, 2013, after a brief illness at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa.
Born Aug. 19, 1930, in Hubbard, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Helen Schidel.
After graduating from Hubbard High School in 1948, Helene enrolled in nurse's training in Youngstown and obtained her registered nurse certification in February 1951.
She worked as a registered nurse in Columbus and Youngstown until 1965, when she left nursing to devote herself full time to her family.
Helene was predeceaded by her husband, Dr. Mark E. Franklin and is survived by her sons, Mark of Manassas, Va., and John of Mesa, Ariz.; her daughters-in-law, Catherine and Nobuko; and four grandchildren, Tara, Samantha, Matthew and Shawn.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. June 24 at Melcher Mission Chapel, 6625 E. Main St., Mesa, Ariz.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.melchermission.com.
In lieu of flowers, her family would prefer donations to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.