Helen Elizabeth (Mullins) HollenbachOctober 28, 1919 ~ November 10, 2017 (age 98)
Helen E. Hollenbach (formerly of Perth Amboy)
Died November 10, 2017, in St. Petersburg, FL, at age 98. Born and raised in Perth Amboy, she was the first-born child of Carl and Agnes Mullins, then owners of the Mullins Spring Water Company on New Brunswick Ave. Helen professed faith in Jesus Christ at age 14, joining Simpson Methodist Church, which she generously supported. During her teen years, Helen began 40-year-long involvements in the Daughters of America and the Theta Rho Girls’ Club of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. She graduated from Perth Amboy High School in 1936 and took a job as a bookkeeper for Herman Howard, CPA.
Helen married high school classmate Dean Hollenbach in 1941. Following his Navy service during WWII, they returned to Perth Amboy, raised two children, and were active members of First Presbyterian Church there. Helen continued her bookkeeping career, working for Mays dress store in Perth Amboy, lawyer Norman Robbins in Woodbridge, and Dr. Marvin Mufson in Perth Amboy. In 1985 she was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune, her favorite TV show. Throughout their time in NJ, Dean and Helen enjoyed a circle of close friends and many day trips and vacations down the Jersey Shore.
When Dean retired from Swift & Co. in 1978, the couple moved to St. Petersburg, where Helen's parents then resided. Helen loved to tell the story of buying their new house while Dean was at the beach in NJ. Evidencing the affection in which Dean and Helen were held, many of their NJ friends soon moved nearby. Their retirement years were also enriched by membership in the First Presbyterian Church there, new friends, vacation cruises, U.S. and international trips to visit their children, and family vacations on the Outer Banks. Their two children and their spouses, Marian (“Holly”) & Bob Edward and Jim & Eileen Hollenbach, moved to St. Petersburg, in 2003 & 2008, to help care for them.
Helen chose to move into the Westminster Palms Retirement Community in March 2012, shortly after Dean’s declining health dictated his residency in the Health Center there. He passed away that November, shortly after their 71st wedding anniversary. While at Westminster Palms, Helen was encouraged by the wonderful staff and daily visits with her children. She was known for her positive attitude, Scrabble mastery and persistent smile, belying her adopted nickname, “Trouble.”
Left behind to honor Helen’s memory and remember her generous love are her two children and their spouses; four grandchildren: Jill DeVito (Chris), Brian Hollenbach (Erika), Jennifer Ihrke (Alan), and Nancy Hollenbach; five great-grandchildren: Jake and Cole DeVito, Benjamin and Makayla Ihrke, and Matthew Hollenbach; and three step-great-grandchildren: Erika, Sarai, and Santiago.
Helen’s family will host a time of visitation at Gustav J. Novak Funeral Home, 419 Barclay St., Perth Amboy, from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, November 30. A funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 45 Market St, Perth Amboy, at 10:30 am on Friday, December 1, after which Helen's remains will be interred beside her husband in Alpine Cemetery.
Remembrances of Helen may be made to her memorial at Samaritan’s Purse, <http://sampur.se/2ywQxWX>